30 Great African Tech Blogs

A conversation on Twitter with Marshall Kirkpatrick of RWW about the top tech blogs to read in Africa made me realize that there is no great list to start from. Most of us just have them in our head, RSS feeds or blogrolls. Some of them don’t update frequently enough, and many of the range across topics, but all of them are useful if you are trying to figure out what is going on in technology around Africa.

Here is a list of African tech blogs that I follow. Hopefully it can be a resource, and a good place for everyone to start from when exploring the mobile, web and general tech space in Africa:

General Web and African Tech

AfriGadget – Stories of low-tech African ingenuity and innovation
Afromusing – Juliana’s insights and thoughts on alternative energy in Africa
Appfrica – Pan-African and Ugandan web and mobile tech developments
Bandwidth Blog – Charl Norman’s blog in South Africa
Bankelele – One of East Africa’s top business bloggers, also has great insights into the business side of African technology
Build Africa – Matt’s musings on technology in Africa
Charl van Niekerk – Always insightful post from one of South Africa’s great coders
Coda.co.za – One of Africa’s very best web designers
Dewberry – Shaun’s frenetic blog on general, and South African tech
My Hearts in Accra – More of generalist these days, but excellent analysis of African tech space by Ethan Zuckerman
Henry Addo – A perspective on tech from Henry in Ghana
Geek Rebel – Henk’s blog on entrepreneurship and technology
Matthew Buckland – From one of the pioneers, and big thinkers, in the South African media space
Mike Stopforth – Entrepreneur and South African social media nexus point
Nubian Cheetah – Thoughts and news on West African tech
Oluniyi David Ajao – Web coverage from Ghana
Open Source Africa – Just what the name describes… talking about open source development in Africa
Paul in Sierra Leone – hardware tech news from a very hard place to get news/info from
Startup Africa – Tracking mostly South African web startups
Startups Nigeria – Just what the title says
Stii – One of my favorite true coder blogs out of South Africa
Timbuktu Chronicles – A must-read covering pan-African technology, from web to mobile to hardware
Bits/Bytes – Coding thoughts by the unique and always hilarious “M” from Thinker’s Room.
Vincent Maher – Vincent’s excellent, fun and controversial blog on all things South African tech
Web Addict(s) – From the mind of Rafiq, opinionated coverage and thoughts on South African tech

African Mobile-focused Blogs

Epic Mobile – mobile phone tips and tricks from South Africa
Jopsa.org – (aka Mobiles in Malawi), thoughts by Josh Nesbit in Malawi
Kiwanja – Ken Banks on mobile usage and his FrontlineSMS app, much of it in Africa
Mobile Africa – A great resource for mobile news across Africa
Mobility Nigeria – track what’s happening in the Nigerian mobile phone space
Fring – the only tool/app on this list

5 Non-blog Tech Sites and Tools for Africa

Afrigator – the defacto blog tracking tool for African blogs
Amatomu – the South African blogosphere tracker
Mobile Active – Katrin does a good job of finding reports and stories about mobiles in Africa
Muti – mostly South African tech news and gossip, a reddit/digg for interesting African news/blog links
Videoreporter.nl – Ruud’s videos consistently have great tech stories
Akouaba – A French language blog tracker for West Africa

The, “If I missed it”…

I likely missed many blogs that should be on this list. Please add them to the comments below. I know I’ve missed quite a few Francophone and Arabic ones, so PLEASE add those especially.

Additions (aka, ones I missed):

Many Possibilities – Steve Song on open source in Africa
Africa 2.0 – A French language blog talking about all things new media in Africa
Subsaharska – Miquel, building a blogging tool for Africa (Maneno)
Arthur Devriendt – French blog on web tech in Africa

59 thoughts on “30 Great African Tech Blogs

  1. Well, you have set the bar high, my friend. I’ll have to work to focus on more tech-related items in Subsaharska and focus more on web development as that’s what I do. I’ve been finding a really wild array of web folks on the continent. They’re not your typical 20 somethings with glasses and hoodies that you find in San Francisco. Definitely a more DIY, nuts and bolts crowd who are making practical sites instead of just something for Google to buy up. Probably an article unto itself now that I think about it… I’d love to know of more African web developers out there if any of you feels like dropping a line.

    Welcome back from TED by the way, Erik. Hope you’ve got everything organized mentally by now :)

    -miquel

  2. I like your list, the blogs listed are people really delivering value to the South African blogosphere, people that really know their stuff.

    Very nice compilation.

  3. Thanks for the honour, but I’m so low tech (just a bit of HTML, and stuck on blogger). Still I find the Nairobi tech scene so fascinating with great people, events (skunkworks) and ideas .

  4. Dave, you’re right. The truth is there are many excellent SA tech blogs, and I had to make some hard decisions because I was trying to get a list of blogs across Africa that cover technology. Yours should be up there too, quite frankly.

  5. Hey dude, thanx for the great post.
    Thanx also for mentioning the fring blog.

    If you have any feedback on how we can improve the fring blog please send it my way, so we can improve.. Thanx

  6. Did it strike anyone other than me that this list mirrors their own RSS list? I’m kinda shocked that Erik’s “general ICT and Africa” group has an 80% overlap with my reading list and my other 20% are more Africa than ICT.

    Great minds thinking alike, lucky coincidence, or a dearth of online voices for a continent of millions?

  7. Well, I guess that answers the age-old question of how what topic to write about in order to generate the most comments without stooping to national politics 😉

  8. @Wayan – unfortunately, this list represents a sad truth: there aren’t nearly enough technology bloggers around Africa. We need more country-specific tech blogs. You see them in places like Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, but where are the ones from Chad, Botswana and Zambia?

    On a good note, I can tell you it is growing, though slowly. 4 years ago there were truly only a dozen across the whole continent, and that includes South Africa (which tends to have the most tech pundits). So, let’s encourage continued growth, sew the seeds in the minds of those we meet.

  9. Erik,

    Thanks for the mention. BTW – My blog on the whole, is all about African sustainability; in technology, venture capital, business, and social entrepreneurship.

  10. @HASH – You’re right about the fact that we need more country-focused tech blogs. That way, we can read about tech better all around Africa.

    That’s one of the reasons I started Startups Nigeria;-)

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  14. Preetam Rai says:

    Thanks for putting up this list. Just showed it at the Tokyo Barcamp while I was talking about tech scene in Africa,

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    will join in unearthing some of the very best talent on our continent.

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  17. Oluseye says:

    You need to do an updated article on this! Startups Nigeria is now Techloy and there are a few other good blogs down here. I open up Techcrunch and Techloy everyday

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