The list of African countries that have blocked access to social media and the internet during elections and other politically sensitive periods is growing; there were at least 16 instances last year alone.
On South African Twitter, the top 10 trends are shared almost equally between radio shows and television shows. One is a weekly party held on Sundays – and that gives us a small hint about South African ‘celebrity culture’
Pan-Africanism is not new, but it has long been an elite project, with the majority of ordinary people having no stake in it. Now, social media offers a way to forge a new sense of solidarity, unmediated by state imaginations.
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
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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