In our continuing efforts to mirror the rapid advances of infotech-driven enterprise in emerging economies -- not just in India -- we bring you this story of online media developments in Africa:
Nairobi, Kenya, May 20, 2014: Africa, finally has a homegrown platform that tells its story from a mature perspective, in a way that today's global audience demands -- by Web and mobile phone.
Kenya-based M&G Media Ltd has announced the launch of Mail and Guardian Africa - http://www.mgafrica.com, a digital news platform for Africans to tell the African story.
Says Editor Charles Onyango-Obbo: “Mail & Guardian Africa has taken the bold step to report Africa by telling why things do or do not happen, using an evidence-based, non-dogmatic and analytical approach and exploring the new opportunities that technology, social media and crowd-sourcing tools offer to do that in new ways.” News analysis, insight, commentary and investigative journalism will be the hallmark of this Pan African platform.
The digital news and information portal of Mail and Guardian Africa, was activated on May 1 , followed by the launch of the Mail and Guardian Africa head office in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday 20 May. 2014. From this location, Charles will lead a carefully selected contingent of creative and African journalists and editors operating across the continent.
Chris Roper, Editor-in-Chief of M&G Media, describes M&G Africa as “a very necessary addition to the journalism landscape of the continent, and one that knits together the many voices of Africa into a coherent, thoughtful tapestry, rather than the more usual competing narratives imposed on the continent by interest groups.
M&G Media has appointed Anastacia Martin as Managing Director Mail and Guardian Africa to drive the strategic mandate and ensure commercial viability of the contemporary digital news portal. “We are excited that finally, our dream and vision to provide Africa with a platform to access impeccable journalism delivered in a creative, engaging and trend-setting way has come to fruition,” says Anastacia.
Charles Onyango-Obbo, a Ugandan, was formerly the co-founder of Uganda’s leading independent title, The Monitor, which became part of the Nation Group in 2000. He was later appointed Executive Editor for Africa & the Digital Media Division of the Nation Media Group operating out of Nairobi and was also a columnist for Daily Nation, The East African, The Monitor (Uganda), and The Citizen (Tanzania). Charles has published three books: Uganda’s Poorly Kept Secrets (Fountain Publishers, Third Edition 2003); Inside the Soul of a Nation and Its People (Fountain Publishers, 2007) and; It Never Happened: The Story of the Last Days of Idi Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008).