Monthly Archives: January 2004

Davos and Blogging

I came to Davos this year hoping to talk about entrepreneurship in Africa and media attention. I’ve ended up talking about blogging more or less constantly. In the panel on media bias, the moderator flagged me as a blogger. That’s … Continue reading

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Iraq, the Black Hole

One of my main reasons for attending Davos was to participate in a session on media criticism titled, provocatively, “We’re News, They’re Propaganda”. When it was originally presented to me, the panel was explicitly about coverage of Iraq, and included … Continue reading

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Talking about Africa in Switzerland

Joi Ito’s decision to blog about the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has convinced me that it’s not a bad idea to weigh in from this strange and surrreal gathering. The fun of Davos is the chance to get … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Over-Full Life

I’m barely a day removed from Ghana and there’s half a dozen stories I still want to tell. But now I’m in Davos, encountering dozens of other fascinating people and there’s the danger of the new stories crowding out the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation

While Ghana’s one of the most peaceful countries in Africa these days, this was not always the case. From independence in 1957 through the mid-1980s, Ghana was experienced a series of military coups, pervasive instability and human rights abuses. In … Continue reading

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Ghanabuys

One of the legendary digital divide stories is about a service in Ethiopia that allows one to buy goats over the Internet. You make a secure payment to a webserver in the US, which results in a phonecall to Addis, … Continue reading

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Ama and the Jewelry Store

For the last four years, I’ve been a regular at Frankie’s Hotel in Osu, Accra. While not the most luxurious hotel in town, it’s one of the most creative. On the ground floor is a patisserie and ice cream parlor. … Continue reading

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Ghanaian politics and the (wo)man on the street

It’s possible to keep up with news from Africa if you know where to look – some of the BlogAfrica sites, AllAfrica.com, the East African Standard, and the BBC, taken collectively, do a decent job of covering events as they … Continue reading

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Artistry, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality

You’re not really in Ghana until you’re riding a tro-tro. Tro-tros are converted minibuses and vans, fitted with seats that take advantage of every available space and pack a maximum number of people into the vehicle. They’re Accra’s ad-hoc, independent … Continue reading

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Travel surprises, the good kind

(Generally, only my heart is in Accra. This week, my body is too. Hence, posts that are a bit more travelogue, a bit less politics/ideas/musings. Hope no one minds.) There’s good surprises and bad surprises when you arrive in another … Continue reading

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