David Kobia, founder of Mashada, a well known community website among Kenyans, just let me know of their newly launched site. Mashada was first created in 1998 and has 40,000 registered member, and has just been completely redesigned from the ground up.
There are still some sections of the relaunch that aren’t finished. No word on when the classifieds and pictures area will be live. However, I’m quite impressed, this is one of the best community sites coming out of Africa today. It’s got a very healthy community of active users that make it their daily destination for conversation and news.
I really like the design, it’s easy on the eyes and simple to navigate. The feature set includes:
- Kenyan blog aggregator (aren’t these all the rage these days!?) Particularly well done.
- A really neat chat tool
- Archived forums – with all of the old posts, so it loses none of its flavor – good job on this one!
- Classifieds – coming soon
- Photos – looks like this is coming soon too
Mashada claims itself, “Africa’s Online Community”. So, I can only guess that David plans to grow it past the normal base of Kenyans to a wider web audience that includes more people from other African countries.