2010 In Review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 158 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 22mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 16th with 99 views. The most popular post that day was A Closer Look Into Ghana’s First Oil. A Blessing or Curse?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, ghanablogging.com, globalvoicesonline.org, and kojobaffoe.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for free sms to ghana, google baraza, red phone, taurian deveaux, and ghanamixtapes.com.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

A Closer Look Into Ghana’s First Oil. A Blessing or Curse? December 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Google’s Gmail Free SMS in Ghana March 2010
1 comment

3

Google Baraza – Q&A for Africa October 2010
2 comments

4

Sandi Owusu’s Diva Delicious Line…. May 2010
3 comments

5

About Mac-Jordan January 2010
3 comments

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Passionate African Twitters Worth Following


This morning, I woke up to see a tweet from Kojo Baffoe requesting for bloggers, writers & interesting people he could follow on Twitter. As I sat on the edge of my bed reading his tweet, I quickly replied him; by promising to compile a list of followers worth following.

As you all know, there are a lot of people on twitter these days. From the likes of US President Barack Obama, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates, the Legend Michael Jordan (not verified) to my newest follower; Ghanaian upcoming photographer; Ghanyobi Mante.

Passionate African Twitters

I know it’s very difficult to find the right people to follow on twitter at times. I have been in this same shoe before so I definitely know how it feels. The most painful of them all are twitter users who block their tweets.  My question to them is;

“For what reasons are they hiding their tweets? “

Twitter to me is just like,

“sending SMS to the whole world”.

Everyone who follows you, gets to read whatever you sent/tweet despite it might not be meant for them. That not said, I think I’m ready to create a couple of lists worth following.

This list isn’t going to be just any list but one that shall include ONLY those who normally send/tweet good, informative & motivational tweets/updates. If you don’t get on this list, kindly bare with me because not everyone can be on it, just as not everyone shall make it to heaven. [smiling face…] Also, if you think you deserve to be on the list; kindly Direct Message or Ping me and I shall do you the honor by adding you to it.

You can find the curated Passionate Africans Twitter list here; http://twitter.com/MacJordaN/passionate-africans

Other great lists worth following:

> Ida Jeng’s Globally Minded People

> WhiteAfrican’s African Tech List

> Marieme Jamme’s Best Of Africa On Twitter List

> Kajsa Hallberg Adu’s Ghana Bloggers List &

> ICT_Works ICT4D Africa Twitters

You can always find and follow me on Twitter @ MacJordaN

TEDx YouthInspire LIVE in Accra, Ghana


TEDx YouthInspire LIVE in Accra

TEDxYouthInspire has joined the rungs of the increasing number of African youth-focused development programmes to be hosted in Ghana. Other events recently hosted here that immediately come to mind are BarCamp Ghana and Maker Faire Africa.

The brilliant thing about TEDxYouthInspire, and other programmes like it, is that it is the initiative of private individuals and youth groups who are determined to inspire positive change on the African continent. In addition, local start-ups, corporate organizations and academic institutions have been quick to lend their support, resulting in tremendous success.

Consequently, bloggers have been quick to give rave reviews. Find interesting articles by Ghanaian bloggers here, here, here and here. This event is for you if you’re a young person between the ages of 14 and 25.

So what is TEDxYouthInspire?

From the event’s website:

TEDxYouthInspire is an open space for the continent’s youngest visionaries to collaborate and reevaluate the possibilities of creating a better global community. A one-day, participatory event, TEDxYouthInspire will use the theme “A Good Head & A Good Heart“, taken from a quote by former South African President, Nelson Mandela, to exhibit how extraordinary youth leaders combine radical thought and integrity of spirit to set in motion unlimited possibilities for a brighter future.

The event takes inspiration from the TED conference.

Who is behind this?

TEDxYouthInspire is being put together by Raquel Wilson (Event Curator), Sharon Brooks (Publicity Coordinator) and Worlali Senyo (Location Coordinator – Ghana). The trio are supported by a team of volunteers who have offered their time and expertise to assist in various aspects of the organisation.

Where and when will it be held?

The venue for TEDxYouthInspire is the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE). It will be held on 10th April, 2010.

Who and Who are Speaking?

Among the various speakers for the day are; Miss Esi Yankah; President & Founder of African Mentor Network Inc, Miss. Shirley Osei-Mensah, High School Student & Entrepreneur and myself; Mac-Jordan Holdbrookes-Degadjor, a Ghanaian Social Blogger. There shall be other pre-recorded talks from various TED Fellows amongst them; Mr. Patrick Awuah, Founder of Ashesi University and Ory Okolloh of Kenyan Pundit Fame

Why should I attend?

1. Listen, be inspired and get motivated

Event attendees will be listening to their colleagues, who have made significant impacts in various spheres, make the speech of their lives. By so doing they will be inspired and motivated to work towards their life goals. African youth will be shown that it is possible to make it in Africa.

2. Meet and interact with like-minded young people

Attendees at the event will be meeting other young people who are passionate about Africa and are hungry to bring change to the continent through technology, entrepreneurship and leadership. At TEDxYouthInspire, you will have the opportunity to interact with people who are brimming with fresh ideas just like you. Who knows? You may just meet the person with whom you’ll start your next project with!

3. Get challenged

At TEDxYouthInspire, attendees will be challenged to start working on ideas that they have just like the speakers have done. This will be the final push to get out of your comfort zone. The message to attendees is loud and clear: “the African renaissance is nigh, get on board!”

What should I do next?

Registration is opened for young Africans between the ages of 14 and 25.

Go to the event’s website to learn more about TEDxYouthInspire. Register at the website before 31st January on which registration closes. Keep your fingers crossed and wait for your acceptance email. 🙂

Credit : Gameli Adzaho; Member of Ghana Blogging Group and Author of the Gamelian World Blog

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Global Voices @ 5.


The month of October, 2009 saw me joining Global Voices Online shortly after I had met Georgia Popplewell, who’s the director of the Global Voices Online Community. I was introduced to her by Eduardo Avila [Founder and Director of the Bolivian Voices Project] after we had met at Maker Faire Africa which was held in Accra, Ghana from 14th -16th August, 2009.

Global Voices @ 5 Candles

The very first time I heard about Global Voices was during one of Ghana Bloggers monthly meet-up somewhere in Accra. Emmanuel K. Bensah spoke about his contributing to their works from Ghana and I really enjoyed all that he said about them. Since then, I have been looking out for a chance to join the group and also contribute my quota. That chance finally opened in Oct, 2009…

West-Africa’s Celebrity Journalist, Ameyaw Debrah once asked me shortly after my post on Blog Action Day; “What Global Voices Online is? Answering him wasn’t that difficult at all because I had started writing and contributing.

“Global Voices Online is a network of bloggers and citizen journalists mostly who are volunteers that follow, report, and summarizes what is going on in the blogosphere in every corner of the world” was my answer to him.

Of all the authors at GV, Ethan Zuckerman, Solana Larsen & Georgia Popplewell are those whose works/writing inspires me a lot. There’s no single day, I am not reading from any them to stay abreast with whatever is happening out there. Before writing this post, I had read about David Sasaki’s retrospectives on GV’s first 5yrs is really worth reading…!

Since Global Voices are made of volunteers [myself] who are self-less and willing to bring the news, interviews and discussions around the globe to your door, a little donation in supporting our works won’t be a bad idea at all. You can send all your donations through various means here: Global Voices Donation

Honestly speaking, 5yrs of online presence and keeping people everywhere updated on the latest happenings around the world in different languages is just too much. I feel so elated to be a part of the GVO Community.

Global Voices at 5, many more years of connecting, informing and inspiring is yet to come.