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Njoroge Wachai


Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (SciDev.net), a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level. Close.

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May 22, 2008 3:21 PM

Social Networks, Political Weapons

The Current Discussion: Egypt has detained a number of its citizens for using the social networking site Facebook to organize anti-government protests. What online sites are most effective in influencing politics -- and is the impact positive?

Nobody can diminish the power of the new media, especially social networking sites, in setting and driving political agenda. Just examine how heavily two U.S. Democratic presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – have been using them to run their campaigns.

On the home pages of their official campaign web sites are links to personal pages on major social networking sites, including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. These pages are acting as recruiting, fundraising and policy articulation platforms. It’s here that they’re socializing with their most passionate supporters, especially youth.

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May 29, 2008 10:34 AM

Exasperation Leads Africans to Action

The Current Discussion: The American magazine Foreign Policy and British magazine Prospect have published a joint list of the world's Top 100 Public Intellectuals. The list includes several PostGlobal panelists. Who's missing from the list? Who would you take off?

Exasperated by squalor, despair, poor governance and the wanton abuse of human rights that have come to define Africa, one man is investing his personal fortune to try to right the situation. In 2006, Mo Ibrahim, a native of Sudan (who also holds British citizenship) and a billionaire telecommunications entrepreneur, launched a reward program to aid African leaders who voluntarily relinquish power and work their hearts out to emancipate their citizens from abject poverty.

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June 6, 2008 11:57 AM

What Obama Could Teach Africa

What lessons, if any, will African leaders learn from Senator Barack Obama’s stunning success? Senator Obama has inspired a diverse cross-section of Americans: Whites, Latinos, Asians, African-Americans. Will those in Africa, the source of his heritage, follow suit?

Sen. Obama’s campaign has all along been about hope, a scarce commodity in Africa where selfishness and greed are what define virtually every African leader. African leaders don’t hold town hall meetings to listen to their citizens’ concerns. They’re condescending and arrogant when it comes to dealing with ordinary people.

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February 5, 2009 3:38 PM

Why the Drama over George Obama?

News headlines this week have screamed about George Obama, Barack Obama's half-brother from Nairobi, who was briefly jailed in Kenya on drug-related charges. The BBC News website even featured the story as "breaking news" - even though in my mind, "breaking news" is usually reserved for coups, wars, natural disasters, electoral victories, or financial scandals.

CNN followed suit, running the news item on CNN.com continuously for two days. Other news websites including HuffingtonPost.com, Telegraph.co.uk, Latimes.com and even WashingtonPost.com also followed the story closely. Which prompts me to pose the question: Why?

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