Facebook and Relationships: Blessing or Curse?

Within recent memory, my then wife got mad at me for something I said. What was I thinking? In truth, I wasn’t thinking. However, what was an infraction in my eyes was a felony in hers. I talked to her, clarified my intention, and apologized profusely. I was still in the doghouse, but slowly I… Continue reading…

Obama is here: Kenyans better watch your behavior

A fairy tale is told of a poor woodcutter who lived for ages with his miserable wife devoid of any shred of wealth or fortune.  The destitute man lamented bitterly to Jupiter (the fairy). “Some men have only to make known their desires, and straightaway these are granted, and their every wish fulfilled; but it… Continue reading…

Somali Social Media Users Offer the World a Glimpse Into Their Daily Lives

Zahra Qorane Omar had made a decision. In a Facebook post in late October, she lashed out at the users of social media who “stole” some of her photos and published them as their own. Omar, a blogger based in Mogadishu, had recently become synonymous with her impressive collection of photos – posted both on… Continue reading…

UPDATE: Google Translate Now Available in Somali Language

Google added Somali and nine other languages to its translation service on Wednesday, bringing the total of number of languages on Google Translate to 80. “There are lots of languages in Africa, and this is the largest expansion into African languages to date (Google Translate supports Swahili and Afrikaans already),” Google said in a statement. “The… Continue reading…

Somali Media Circulate Fake YouTube Video of Man They Say Is Somali-Canadian Suicide Bomber

In a bizarre turn of events, a young man looking for love, forgiveness and acceptance from his mother, albeit in a very public manner, might have been confused to be a suicide bomber in Somalia sending a farewell message to his mother. Somali media on Wednesday circulated a fake YouTube video purported to be from… Continue reading…

Google Honors Wangari Maathai With Doodle

Google paid tribute to Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai on Monday, replacing the logo on its search homepage for Kenya with an image of the late environmentalist who died on 25 September 2011. The special doodle was meant to commemorate what would have been Maathai’s 73rd birthday. Google filled the second “O” in the company’s logo… Continue reading…

Top 10 Most Followed African Presidents on Twitter

As Twitter usage continues to expand in Africa, presidents and politicians in the continent are leveraging the unique power of the micro-blogging site to disseminate their political agendas, instantly communicate with a vast majority of people, recruit citizens to help in their campaigns, and create a space for dialogue and participatory democracy. Here is Sahan… Continue reading…

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