Friday, March 02, 2007

Global Voices Post

This is my first post in Global Voices. Including the post on this blog in the midst of the African Women In Business Series felt a bit awkward to me, but alas-there is a tie in!

Here's an excerpt:

"...Let me give you a brief overview of African business blogs that I will be writing about:

Timbuktu Chronicles is written by Nigerian-born entrepreneur Emeka Okafor, not to be confused with the NBA basketball player named Emeka Okafor. His posts are about entrepreneurship in Africa with a practical and self sustaining theme.

Money Talk is a blog by Tosin. She is a Nigerian-born graduate student studying engineering at the California Institute of Technology. It’s a good place to share ideas and on matters such as money, career, business, and economic development. Besides that this blog also has some useful ideas about investing in African businesses.

Kenyan Entrepreneur is a great blog which focuses on entrepreneurial pursuits, in general, as they pertain to Kenya. Although the blogger here does not disclose his or her identity, I find myself addicted to the blogger’s strong sense of humor.

Annansi Chronicles is a blog written by Mr. Annan from Ghana. That would be Mr. J. Kofi Annan, who bears no relation to the former UN Secretary-General, Koffi Annan. His blog focuses on business in Africa, but with a unique twist. He covers African business from the fashion, glamour, and entertainment angles.

Odegle Nyang Investments written by a Kenyan entrepreneur named Odegle, who is very knowledgeable about the Kenyan Stock Market. The bulk of his posts talk about Kenya’s banking or stock market news, but sometimes he writes about more general business topics in Kenya, as well as other African countries.

Investing In Africa is maintained by two bloggers, Ryan Shen-Hoover and Coldtusker. I like this blog because of the contrasts between the two contributors. Ryan Shen-Hoover’s posts sound like an article that you might read in your everyday business newspaper across the globe, his stories span nearly all of Africa’s stock markets. Contrast that style and delivery with Coldtusker’s who blogs about financial news in Kenya and writes with a more “take it or leave it” and “in your face” approach.

The Entrepreneur is published by the Cameroonian newspaper called The Entrepreneur. Its mission is to inform and educate its readers and the public with truthful, credible, inspiring and motivating non-partisan information that equips and empowers them to a fulfilling destiny.

Bankele is the leading business blogger from Kenya. He writes about financial and investment matters in Kenya and also posts local job vacancies.

Cherryflava is a South African blog, which covers business and marketing trends in South Africa and elsewhere.

Dave Duarte is also from South Africa. He writes about marketing and considers himself a marketing geek. Dave is one of the two bloggers behind Amplitude, a South African marketing podcast.

The list above is definitely incomplete. In the coming weeks you can expect to read more detailed roundups on some of these African business blogs..."

Where it relates is that Money Talk is the only blog that is written by a woman from Africa, Tosin is her name. In the days, weeks, and months to come God willing-I really hope to bring you more African business blogs written by women. For the most part, outside of Tosin's I can't say that I've seen any. Please help in this area-if you are aware of any, please let me know. Either by commenting or emailing me (benin.mwangi @ gmail dot com ). Also, I am curious as to the reasoning behind the perceived scarcity of African women writing business blogs. Would you care to comment? Thanks a bunch!

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Dave Duarte said...

Looking forward to reading your series, there are some excellent blogs here, some I haven't seen before so thanks!

Benin "Mwangi" said...


Thank you very much. Yes, please do continue following the series. I am so glad that you are enjoying it!

t said...

You're doing GV - congratulations! Thanks a lot for the mention!!!
Must point out that Money Talk is a group blog. I administer it, but it's really a group blog, with a team of about 20 people (and growing) who may post.


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