By George Esunge Fominyen
Rosebell Kagumire, winner of the Waxal Award for Best English-Speaking African journalist's blog, says ordinary Africans can use blogging to change people's perception of Africa. She spoke to me after receiving her award in Dakar, Senegal on Monday, 9 March 2009.
This investigative journalist for "The Independent" news magazine in Kampala - Uganda thinks if blogging is made close to everyone in Africa it could serve as a counterweight to the depiction of Africa by international media like the CNN and the BBC as a place of suffering, despair and poverty. She supposes it might even make these media view Africa differently.
My conversation with Rosebell also delved into the difference between blogging and journalism and how she copes with both caps...
Rosebell's Blog was described by the members of the jury of the Pan-African awards as “attractive blog, interesting and diverse content. Easy to read and navigate. The image makes it more interesting”.
The jury went on to say that, “Using this blog to document events in Uganda and also offer personal reflections about events in her immediate community, makes this blog unique among the entries for this category. Blogging is more than reporting. It is also about conveying the blogger’s own voice. The site is easy to use with content that is regularly updated with a moderate level of interactivity from users. The separation of content and graphics ensures that readers with limited bandwidth are still able to use the site without getting frustrated.”
I hope you felt Rosebell's voice in the feed above!