Twitter and radio intersect: Protestors in London demand the release of leading member of the Biafran independence struggle and director of the London based Radio Biafra, who was detained in Nigeria on 18 October 2015. (Photo/ Flickr/ Alisdare Hickman)

Africa On Twitter: Top Trends In Nigeria, Jan – Jun 2016, Where Radio Rules

Almost all of Nigeria’s top trends (nine out of the top ten) were related to radio shows. Radio commentary lends itself well to the social banter and chatter that characterises Twitter


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Adelle Onyango hosts a popular radio show on Kiss FM, the show regularly trends on Twitter under the hashtag #TeamADELLE. (Photo/ Adelle Onyango/ Facebook)

Africa On Twitter: Top Trends In Kenya, Jan – Jun 2016. Radio And TV Are King

We mined all the hashtags that have trended in Kenya over the first six months of 2016, to better gain an insight into the country’s digital atmosphere


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The Internet Messenger, by Buky Schwarz. African governments are trying to keep up with a more technologically savvy population, to mixed success. (Photo/ Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel)

Social Media Blocks In Africa; A Heavy Hand That Hints Of Desperation And Failure

This year alone, there have been at least six instances of blocking internet or social media during elections in Africa, or politically contentious times. Algeria even did it during exam season


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Child marriage in Ethiopia: Bossena (blue t-shirt) got married when she was 15. She’s now divorced. (Photo/ Jessica Lea/ DFID)

Child Marriage In Africa: Tough Bans In Tanzania And The Gambia, But The Problem Is The System

School officials are allowed to expel pregnant girls, and they often do, to prevent the girls being a “bad influence” on others. That means that in most cases, getting married is the only option available to pregnant girls.


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South African police officers. Violence containment costs as a percentage of GDP (including expenditure on the military and personal security) in South Africa is in the region of Somalia's and Sudan's. (Photo/ Wikimedia Commons)

The Economic Cost Of Violence In Africa: Some Rich ‘Peaceful’ Countries Might As Well Be At War

In terms of absolute spending, violence containment costs in Africa roughly correlate with GDP. As a percentage of GDP however, it becomes more complicated: some wealthy countries might as well be at war.