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<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/stalking-africa-online-part-1.html">Stalking Africa Online - Part 1</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>For the last two years, my secondary interest (apart from web design and illustrations) has been the African continent. I do not know where this interest came from. I suspect it must have been after reading <a href="'_Detective_Agency">No. 1 Ladies&rsquo;s Detective Agency series</a> by Alexander McCall Smith.</p>
<p>I am well aware that I am pandering to a stereotype by referring to this vastly diverse set of people as &ldquo;Africans&rdquo;. <a href="">Africa: A Biography of the Continent</a> opened my eyes to the start contrasts in African regions. But, I hope this list below gets beyond such stereotypes.</p>
<p>If you follow Fox news or the CNN you might think Africa is either a continent constantly at war or filled with naked poor people clicking their tongues (yes, I am exaggerating a bit — only a bit!). If you want to know better, you have to look elsewhere. Here are some of my sources of African news, music, culture that I have come to love.</p>
<li><a href="">Chris Blattman’s blog</a>
Chris Blattman talks a lot about Africa, aid, development, and conflicts. Very informative and entertaining for someone from the academia!</li>
<li><a href="">Foreign Policy Blog</a>
Foreign Policy has the most thorough coverage of World News daily (even better than the BBC), as far as I know.</li>
<li><a href="">Seattle World Music Blog</a>
I discovered <a href="">Magic System</a> through them. Enough said.</li>
<li><a href="">The Esteyonage</a> talks about daily life in Liberia. I really like these <a href="'%20by">posts on how people get by</a> despite 85% unemployment in Liberia. The sidebar has great links to other blogs on Africa.</li>
<li><a href="">BibliOdyssey</a> blogs about old artwork/papers that are in the online archives of libraries/websites from all corners of the world. The blog does not cover African stories frequently, but every post on African art/manuscript blows my mind.</li>
<li><a href="">Ugandan Insomniac</a> blogs about Ugandan living, culture, and news. The <a href="">African Reading Challenge</a> was a great source of reading recommendations for books on Africa.</li>
<li><a href="">Wronging Rights</a> is a hilarious but tragic look at the abuses perpetrated around the world. Every post is worth its weight in gold!</li>
<li><a href="">Africa Unchained</a> is a formal look at news and projects occurring in Africa.</li>
<li><a href="">Elia</a> writes about some little know films in or about Africa (among other things). A great read. There is an <a href="">interesting twitter feed</a>, but I am not sure if it is the author&rsquo;s.</li>
<li><a href="">Jack Fruity</a> writes about technology, aid, and development. She also <a href="">tweets</a>.
<li><a href="">Nairobi Notes</a> covers all things African. The author is <a href="">more active on twitter</a>
<li><a href="">Congo Girl</a> writes about everything in Democratic Republic of Congo. I actually like <a href="">her twitter feed</a> more!</li>
<li><a href="">Scarlett</a> is a photojournalist based in Liberia. Excellent <a href="">tweets</a> and blog.</li>
<li><a href="">Rarin</a> is an African software engineer in US. A perfect combination for my African information hunger!</li>
<li><a href="">Julia O</a> is the publisher of <a href="">Kenya Imagine</a> (<a href="">twitter</a>).</li>
<li><a href="">Erik Hersman</a> is the founder of <a href="">AfriGadget</a>.</li>
<li><a href="">Kaushal Jhalla</a> organizes Bar Camp Africa in SFO, and writes about <a href="">technology and Africa</a>.
<li><a href="">Tim Akinbo</a> writes about Web, Mobile, Location based services on <a href="">his blog</a> (I like the tweets more, as usual).</li>
<p>I have created an <a href="">OPML file</a> if you are interested in bulk adding these blogs to your feed reader (it does not include twitter links).</p>
<p>I will <a href="">cover the podcasts I listen to and books I liked in the next post!
</a> Meanwhile, is there any other blog/twitter account you recommend following? Do post below!</p>
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