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Africa's Top Political Tweeters? Let's Fix The Guardian's List

Written by Pernille Baerendtsen On 1 November 2012 @ 13:40 pm | No Comments

In Citizen Media, English, Feature, Kenya, Media & Journalism, Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Technology, Weblog

On 30 October 2012, the Guardian published ‘Africa's top tweeters: political pioneers in the digital debate’ [1]. Did The Guardian’s David Smith get away with this piece too easily?

The Sub-Saharan Africa bloggers of Global Voices think so.

Several countries are omitted and not a single Francophone or Lusophone politician appears on the list. And where are the women? Africa's female politicians are on the rise. Currently, Malawi and Liberia have female presidents while a Ugandan female teenager recently became Africa's youngest Member of Parliament [2].

Are key people and countries really identified in The Guardian's list?

Which politicians* should really be on the list? There is also the issue of followers vs engagement. Some of our community members have pointed out that there can be a huge difference between a number of followers and debate/engagement since the list is really about ‘political pioneers in the digital debate'. One member said:

Politicians like Martha Karua in Kenya are more engaging on Twitter even though they have less followers than other top politicians.

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame visiting kids at the Ibirunga Tennis Court in Musanze Town after accepting Twitter invitation sent by a Kenyan blogger in March 2011. Photo courtesy of SavyKenya

We decided to crowdsource an alternative comprehensive list and you can contribute here [4].

When you add a politician to the document, please add provide the following information:

  • Twitter handle
  • Number Following
  • Number of Followers
  • Number of Tweets
  • Brief description of the politician's use of Twitter – how is she/he unique?

Please join us [4] by adding to the list or by suggesting the best mechanism for selecting who should be considered political pioneers in the digital debate in Africa.

*We are focusing on active politicians (not political tweeps or public leaders).


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URLs in this post:

[1] ‘Africa's top tweeters: political pioneers in the digital debate’: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/30/africa-twitter-blogs-politicians

[2] Africa's youngest Member of Parliament: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/09/22/uganda-teenage-girl-becomes-africas-youngest-mp/

[3] Image: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/08/rwanda-blogger-invites-president-through-twitter/kagame-tshirt/

[4] here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AQ_9UmFLmGpfOzuC3mfJF12fu1vRWRbQFdZYWzkHFXA/edit

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