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Where Africa and Technology Collide!

A cracked head and social media

Tony Ndungu at SM4SC – day 1, originally uploaded by whiteafrican.

This is Tony Ndungu, my new best friend. He’s the guy who quickly patched up the 2.5 inch gash in my skull the other day as I almost knocked myself out on a lower-than-average restroom door frame (building regulations aren’t followed that closely in Kenya).

Tony and I were on our way out of Nairobi for a meeting by Plan International on how social media can be used for social change (SM4SC). They do a lot of work with youth all over Africa, so it makes sense that they’re trying to get a handle on how they can use the mobile phone and the web to connect better and have a greater impact with that demographic.

The best part of this is that the medical bill came out to 1300/= shillings (about $16.25) for a doctor and nurse to clean it, bandage me up, give a tetanus shot, and some painkillers. Imagine that!

Maybe all those years of strengthening my skull bones playing rugby paid off… 🙂


  1. You’re going to have to show off these battle scars when you’re at the Ushahidi meet-up. How did we miss this at lunch on Sunday?

  2. he Erik,
    Was great to meet you yesterday at the SM4SC event. Maybe I’m able to join again tomorrow. Sorry about the small accident, pole sana. The equator sun should help to speed up the healing 😉 Let’s keep in touch,

  3. Great work here, I enjoy your blog

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