What Female Bloggers In Africa Think About Obama

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Afrigator recently released a list of its top 45 female African bloggers, and to be honest it's sort of a disappointment. Afrigator says its list is "takes into consideration page views, unique visits, links from blog posts and finally links from blogs," but blogger Sokari Ekine (of Black Looks, no. 3 on the list) points out that many of the blogs are actually written by non-Africans. And although some studies in America indicate that blogging attracts a more diverse group than Internet use generally, 5 of Afrigator's top 10 bloggers appear to be white. Shortcomings aside, the bloggers on the list have some interesting things to say about today's election.Scarlett Lion links to the above photo and a fellow blogger's skepticism about the headline. Ladybrille writes "what counts is you GET OUT AND VOTE! Speak your mind by letting your vote count. DON'T YOU DARE stay indoors on this historical day!" She also interviews Derrick Ashong (aka musician/activist DNA), who says,

Obama represents opportunity in itself because this is a guy that has built an effective ground organization. When he says we are going to make a difference, for the first time in American political history, he has actually got foot soldiers nationwide that can be a part of making that change on a grassroots level, not on an ideological basis. That is a tip of the iceberg of what is possible.


However, he cautions that, "We as Africans gotta do the job for Africans to take care of our own; and no one should be under any illusion that we can relinquish that responsibility or shrug it off to Obama. We can say, 'When Obama gets elected we go chop [eat] more.' NO!" Over at Black Looks, Ekine takes a harsher view:

Obama talks about bringing 'fundamental change' but the only fundamental change is his colour and when one looks more closely even his colour is not that fundamental afterall. Obama is intrinsically tied to the mainstream, pro-Zionist war mongering American superstructure. Though disappointing it is not so surprising that so many millions all over the world have been drawn in by Obama who panders to black and white notions of a “post racial” America and world. An imaginary world of convenience particularly for the millions of white people who will vote him into the White House.

But it's worth noting (if obvious) that African bloggers have a lot to think about besides our election. Ory Okolloh at Kenyan Pundit recently criticized an official report on Kenya's post-election violence, writing, "Not even a mention of the people who lost their lives! Especially the young people who truly believed they are protesting for a good cause and who were responding to 'mass action.'" Let's hope for a safe and fair election here in the US, and a new administration that remembers we're part of a larger world. Top 45 Female African Bloggers [Afrigator]



You know what? I actually read a lot of Nigerian blogs and although most of them are written by Nigerians living in the States, some of them are written by Nigerians at home but aside by the one or two messages about Obama being elected, most of them are concerned about all the shit we have going on back home, no.1 which is corruption. The others are just general musings on Naija life (nigerian life) and memories and fashions. Anyway, the reason most Africans are very invested in Obama is that he is more sympathetic to issues like immigration and stuff. However, we tend to overdo things which is why people are like raising millions to get people to come over to witness the election and to stand at booths and stuff like that. Who knows maybe that would encourage people to push for more transparent elections because I know that if I ever voted back home (which I've never done), it wouldn't count anyway because the election will most likely be rigged.

p.s Did I just make sense? Because I hate read-overs