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5 Great African Blogs for BlogDay 2008

Recently Merlin Mann wrote an outstanding post on what makes a good blog, and why they’re so rare. I’d suggest everyone read it, especially if you’re trying to figure out how to be a better blogger. Having said that, in honor of BlogDay 2008, here are 5 Africa-focused blogs that I think are interesting. Keep in mind, I’m particularly interested in African tech so that’s why they lean in that direction…

Nairobi Notes
I initially found out about Nairobi Notes through her Twitter updates (@nairobinotes) – they were interesting, funny and timely, which eventully led me to her blog.

Startup Africa
First off, I love their name – I’m just not sure how they got that amazing URL… How was it not taken? Anyway, Startup Africa does an excellent job of providing news on events, websites and startups in Africa, with a particularly good focus on South Africa.

TechMasai
Another new favorite of mine in the African web tech scene is TechMasai. They profile new African websites and services, often with some opinionated commentary which I like.

Mootbox
Short, interesting, and tends to be Nigeria-focused. In Omodudu’s own words, it’s about, “business, Micro-finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Small business development and other assorted randomness.” Follow Oz on Twitter too @Osize.

Jackfruity
I could just tell you that I like this blog because of it’s design – I’ve always salivated over Rebekah’s site design(s). However, she writes really cool and interesting stuff about Uganda, Sudan and humanitarian issues too. Keep her in your feed.

That’s all for this year!

11 Comments

  1. Thank you! I’m always so happy to find good new blogs in English from Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. My blog day post is coming soon…

  2. Okay, not particularly clever of me, but since I did just start following your blog, I went ahead and included you in my list for Blog Day.
    http://egypt4.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/its-blog-day/

  3. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m a huge fan of White African as well. Off to check out your other recommendations…looks like a great list!

  4. Hi Hash , nice blogs you have highlighted. By the way im seeking contacts for Nairobi/Kenyan bloggers and there is a form at my latest post.Atleast i have yours but wouldn’t mind your guests checking it out at
    http://siku-moja.blogspot.com/2008/09/kenyan-bloggercon-and-bloggers-invite.html

  5. Thanks for the mention, greatly appreciated.
    Oz (mootbox)

  6. Really interesting links.
    Thanks a lot.

  7. kool blog

  8. Oz’ s blog, Mootbox.xom, is a great gem. Will have to take a loo at the others on this list.

  9. Well I have to agree with solomon about Oz’s blog too. Quite nice.

  10. Good information..
    Thanks for sharing.. 😉

  11. Very interesting information. By the way, don’t forget to visite also reseauafrica.com. I’ts an English and French website about Africa.

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