More tragic news from West Africa: Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21 One of the the helicopters used in the service from the Lungi airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone – the main link between the airport and downtown – has crashed on landing, killing 21 people. Togo’s sports minister and 20 other people were killedContinue reading “Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21”
I’m heading to beautiful Copenhagen, where I’ve been invited to talk about the Campware Initiative at the Reboot conference later today. Then tomorrow I give a workshop on Campcaster and other open source tools for independent media. There’ll also be some time off, which is also much needed.
Over at the Free Software and Open Source for Africa website, they’ve put up the opening remarks by Ghanaian Communications Minister Mike Ocquaye kicking off last week’s MediaFOSS event. The speech had me cheering, and it’s comments like this that give me great hope for the future of Free Software in Africa: “The seeds ofContinue reading “Ghanaian Information Minister: Ghana has a pivotal role in FOSS”
I’ll be heading to Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow to hold workshops on Campcaster with Indonesian radio stations. It should be really interesting from many angles, not least that Indonesia is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Expect posts and pictures if/when I get the time and connectivity.
I’ve been in Dakar since Thursday, and I really love this place. I mean, how can you not love the local street food, served in what is called a ‘dibiterie’, shortened to ‘dibi’. A dibi serves lamb or chicken, grilled on charcoal and served with a mustard sauce with onions and piri-piri on the side.Continue reading “Dibi!”
The days in Freetown were hectic, filled with lots of work combined with lots of waiting in traffic to get from one side of town to the other. Traffic was pretty bad, with a strangely functional form of chaos governing things. In the traffic, people selling random stuff – tube socks, flashlights, bathroom fixtures, andContinue reading “Campcaster installed in Freetown”
I’ve arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone and am now at the offices of the Sierra e-Riders. We’re going to have to cut our trip a day short after finding out that the airline doesn’t fly to Dakar on Friday, as we originally expected. Lots to do, so we’re jumping into the training on installing andContinue reading “Arrived in Freetown”
I’m headed to Brussels tomorrow to take part in the Euro Foo Camp event, which should be a blast. It’s my first time at such an event, so I really don’t know what to expect, but am ready for almost anything. I understand that at one of these Foo Camp events in California they tookContinue reading “The muscles from Brussels – not!”
I had a day off yesterday, and went via ferry to Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site off the coast of Dakar. Goree Island was one of the major transit points for slaves shipped to the New World, and more than 6 million Africans were sent through it. The island’s Museum of Slavery, locatedContinue reading “A day off in Dakar”
I got back into Dakar late last night, safe and sound, after waiting around the airport in Freetown because my plane was delayed for nearly 7 hours. I thought I would miss my connecting flight in Banjul, Gambia, but as it turns out, happily, there was an error in the computer system, and my flightContinue reading “A pen-and-paper post from the airport in Freetown”