Jorn Barger, who is kind enough to regularly amplify posts on my blog on his weblog “Robot Wisdom”, wrote to me a few weeks ago with a great suggestion: An online quiz that helped readers figure out what they did and didn’t know about Africa and helped them learn more.
I shared the idea with some of the great bloggers behind BlogAfrica and the sub-Saharan Africa section of Global Voices. We spun the idea around a bit and came up with a quiz that tests your knowledge of Africa and the African blogosphere. The answers to the quiz include links to African and Afrophile blogs that have commented on key issues in 2005 – check ’em out and find some great blogs to add to your blogroll.
Try it out! Feel free to use the comments section on this post to let me know how you did, gripe about the questions or otherwise give feedback.
If folks like the quiz idea, I’ll put together another one closer to Jorn’s original vision, which tests knowledge of African current events and links to news stories and blogposts. And perhaps other Global Voices editors will want to do similar quizzes to feature bloggers in their region – let me know, guys, and I’ll set up an instance of the quiz tool on GV.
Thanks to Sokari Ekine, Andrew Heavens, “Black River Eagle”, Ory Okolloh, Ndesanjo Macha, and “Sleepless in Sudan” for their great questions – bad questions and question selection is my fault, not theirs.
Thanks, everyone, for the great response to this post. I think we’ll be doing a variety of quizzes on Global Voices in the near future – clearly, they’re a fun way to test your knowledge. In an ironic twist, the BBC released a quiz about African news on the same day as I posted my quiz. I swear that I didn’t know about theirs, and the timestamp more or less guarantees that they didn’t know about ours. A fun quiz, if a little less blog-centric than this one. And if you do as well as I did on it, evidently you should run the AU… :-)