Memeza (the name is a mashup of the word “meme” + “ZA” for Zambia) is a site that allows people to link to interesting articles about Zambia and then the users vote up the most interesting ones. This is much like Muti does for all of Africa, but on a very country-specific level. It just came to my awareness through Muti (interestingly enough), but there are user’s accounts on it that date back to October 2006.
This is an interesting project for a number of reasons. Primarily, it’s a good proving point to see if content local to a specific African country can catch on and have a significant number of users – enough users to make the content fresh and sticky enough to keep coming back to. Basically, is it a big enough space to have it’s own “fresh web-content” site?
However, there’s a second reason why I’m going to be watching Memeza. I want to see if it moves beyond the tech community and catches on with others. Will it be used mostly by the Zambian diaspora, local wealthy individuals, or the masses?
If anyone knows who put Memeza together, I’d be interested in talking to them.