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The Africa blogging panel at re:publica 15
The Africa blogging panel at re:publica 15

Political Blogging in Africa discussed at re:publica 15 Conference

The Africa blogging panel at re:publica 15
The Africa blogging panel at re:publica 15(image courtesy of Dw.de)

At the beginning of this month, I got to  attend the re:publica Conference in Berlin Germany for the first time since its inception in 2007. I had been invited by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Media Africa based in Bonn Germany to join a panel to discuss political blogging in Sub-Saharan Africa.

KAS Media Africa hosted a #AfricaBlogging panel at this year’s re:publica 15 in Berlin and invited bloggers from Kenya and Uganda to discuss the state of political blogging in Africa. Moreover, the upcoming launch of the #AfricaBlogging platform was announced.

I was joined on the panel by Brenda Wambui the co-founder of Brainstorm and Ruth Aine, a Blogger and communications consultant based in Kampala who is passionate about bringing governance and democracy issues online.

On the panel, we discussed the state of political blogging in Sub-Saharan Africa, the achievements made by many in free speech, the challenges as well as  the changing landscape in the state of internet freedoms in most African Countries that are experiencing fast internet growth. The session was moderated by Christian Echle, director of KAS Media Africa.

I would like to thank the KAS Media Africa team for inviting me, and for their generous hospitality throughout my stay in Berlin.

A video of our session is now available.

About Njeri Wangari

Njeri Wangari is the Project Lead for Kenya Monitor, a Citizen Journalism site for news and stories by Kenyans a project of the Bloggers Association of Kenya. Njeri is also the BAKE's Director of programs managing training and outreach programs. She is a multi-talented published Poet, blogger, Art & Tech enthusiast who started blogging in 2005. Njeri is very passionate about Citizen Journalism and expresses her passion through training workshops, talks and her writing on the same. Njeri is also equally passionate about Arts & Culture and Technology and writes on them through her blogs KenyanPoet.com and AfroMum.com

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