SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa, Sokari Ekine (Ed)

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa, now available at SOMA Book Cafe.

For those who are interested in technology development and how it has contributed specifically to development issues, this is a usefully book.

SMS Uprising provides a unique insight into how activists and social change advocates are addressing Africa’s many challenges from within, and how they are using mobile telephone technologies to facilitate these changes.

This collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone technologies for social change provides an analysis of the socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. The essays address a broad range of issues including inequalities in access to technology based on gender, rural and urban usage, as well as offering practical examples of how activists are using mobile technology to organise and document their experiences. They provide an overview of the lessons learned in making effective use of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often associated with the use of new technologies for social change. The examples are shared in a way that makes them easy to replicate – ‘Try this idea in your campaign.’ The intention is that the experiences described within the book will lead to greater reflection about the real potential and limitations of mobile technologies.

Edited by Nigerian activist Sokari Ekine, who runs the prize-winning blog Black Looks, the book brings together some of the best known and experienced developers and users of mobile phone technologies in Africa, including Juliana Rotich from Ushahidi in Kenya, Ken Banks of Kiwanja.net, and Berna Ngolobe of WOUGNET in Uganda.

You can read more from Fahamu Books

Published in: on July 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Invatation on today’s event to honor Mwalimu’s Life@SOMA BookCafe

SOMA Book Café in collaboration with Wanazuoni Informal Network would like to invite to you at event of remembering the life of Mwalimu Nyerere.

Topic of discussion: 10 years after Mwalimu: Roles and Challenges of Youth in Leadership.

We will have three young person who are in different leadership role to share with us their experience.

There will be song performance and following poems will be recited:

  • The Days of Mwalimu by Kenneth Kolowa
  • But Dear Mwalimu by Neema Ndunguru
  • Mwalimu Wewe ni Nani? by Adam Foya

When: Today Friday 16th October 2009.

Time: From 5pm

Where: SOMA Book Café located Mlingotini Close, Plot no 53 Regent Street off Chato Street Regent Estate.

Drinks and food will be available at affordable price.

Few of Mwalimu publication will be provided for free.

FREE ENTRANCE.

You are all Welcomed

Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment