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Africans Take to Blogging by the Thousands

Special to the NNPA from GIN | 8/10/2010, 10:40 a.m.

(GIN) - Kenya has the third highest number of blogs in Africa after Nigeria and South Africa. The main African blog aggregator -- Agrigator -- says Kenya has 739 blogs after Nigeria's 1,351 and South Africa's 9,183. The most pronounced blogging activity in Kenyan history was during the 2007/2008 post-election violence that marked a defining moment for the local blogosphere.

Moses Kemibaro, a technology blogger who has been blogging for the last three years at www.moseskemibaro.com, observed that bloggers have grown to become a credible and influential group in Kenya.

"Through blogging and social media there is now a second force for media reporting'" he said. "It's a whole new world and with over three million internet users in Kenya, bloggers are starting to influence mainstream content and opinions on topics ranging from politics, sports, technology and other areas."