Creating a New Image of Africa by Communicating, Collaborating & Creating

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My presentation slides at a two-day media conference hosted by the Partnership with Africa Foundation e.V. focused on today’s rapidly changing media worlds and related opportunities for new media avenues for German-African relations. The background to this is the fundamental change in the way media are used by recipients and producers alike, both on the African continent and in Germany. Does the increase in information simultaneously offer some innovative channels for more participation and engagement? How can new media lead to positive changes in government and society? What can be learnt from the form and content of such media reporting to improve our perceptions of one another and break down prejudices?

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  • Blogger & Social Media EntrepreneurCommunications & PR – Blogging GhanaSandbox Africa Ambassador – GhanaBertelsmann Future Challenges Regional EditorContributing Author – Global Voices OnlineTEDx & Barcamp Event OrganizerIT Support Geek by Day; Blogger by NightSpeaks Russian & Ukrainian + (4 Ghanaian Languages: Akan, Fante, Ewe & Ga)
  • Blogger & Social Media EntrepreneurCommunications & PR – Blogging GhanaSandbox Africa Ambassador – GhanaBertelsmann Future Challenges Regional EditorContributing Author – Global Voices OnlineTEDx & Barcamp Event OrganizerIT Support Geek by Day; Blogger by NightSpeaks Russian & Ukrainian + (4 Ghanaian Languages: Akan, Fante, Ewe & Ga)
  • “The major problem I see is that Africa’s story is written from somewhere else and not by Africans themselves. That is why the rest of the world looks at Africa and Africans and wants to define us. They want to shape the perception about Africa. The best thing we can do for ourselves is own our problems, own our solutions and write our own story.” – President Paul Kagame of Rwanda @ WEF, Davos.
  • “Every mobile phone has the ability to text, but not every restaurant or store has the ability to easily receive them. It was refreshing to see a solution that wasn’t based on a developer spending $75,000 to build an iPhone app that required five steps to use – not to mention a $1,500 commitment a year from consumers.”
  • Creating a New Image of Africa by Communicating, Collaborating & Creating

    1. Creating a New Image of Africa by Communicating, Collaborating, and Creating @ Hamburg, Germany. September, 2013
    2. Creating a New Image of Africa by Communicating, Collaborating and Creating! - Hamburg, Germany. September, 2013
    3. MAC-JORDAN DEGADJOR FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @MACJORDAN
    4. ABOUT MAC-JORDAN DEGADJOR • Blogger & Social Media Entrepreneur – 7yrs • Communications & PR – Blogging Ghana • Sandbox Africa Ambassador – Ghana • Bertelsmann Future Challenges Regional Editor • Contributing Author – Global Voices Online • TEDx & Barcamp Event Organizer • IT Support Geek by Day; Blogger by Night
    5. “The major problem I see is that Africa’s story is written from somewhere else and not by Africans themselves. That is why the rest of the world looks at Africa and Africans and want to define us. They want to shape the perception about Africa. The best thing we can do for ourselves is own our problems, own our solutions and write our own stories.” – President Paul Kagame of Rwanda @ WEF, Davos.
    6. “Until the lion has his own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.” African Proverb
    7. Here is a FACT; The world’s impression of Africa is hopelessly outdated.
    8. There is countless evidence of progress, growth, as well as political and economic vibrancy and stability on the African continent.
    9. Africa is rich in opportunities and potentials. It is home to 7 out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies.
    10. Africa has a middle class that’s almost as big as the entire populations of Russia and Brazil.
    11. CONTINUOUS GROWTH ACROSS MAJOR AFRICAN CITIES…
    12. AFRICANS ARE TAKING OWNERSHIP OF THEIR OWN FUTURE IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN 2003 AND 2011, THERE HAS BEEN 23% COMPOUND GROWTH IN INTRA-AFRICAN INVESTMENT INTO NEW FDI PROJECTS (437% GROWTH IN ABSOLUTE TERMS), WITH THE COMPOUND GROWTH RATE ACCELERATING AT 42% SINCE 2007.
    13. AFRICA RISING…. THE STORY CONTINUES
    14. Blogging for Social Change – Role of Blogging Ghana
    15. Objectives of BloggingGhana: • Serving as a forum for bloggers in Ghana to network and exchange ideas • Building capacity among bloggers in Ghana & Ghanaian bloggers in the Diaspora • Accessing new audiences for our blogs through a mutual website (aggregator) and other activities • Promoting citizen journalism in Ghana Educating the general public in Ghana on the opportunities of social media
    16. BlogCamp 2012 & 2013 by BloggingGhana
    17. Ghana Decides: An Election Monitoring Project by @BloggingGhana
    18. OUR VOTE; OUR VOICE CAMPAIGN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-N1qx-k6mc
    19. Ghana Decides Focused on: • Developing a better informed electorate for a free, fair and safe 2012 elections using the collaborative platform of social media. • Extensively sensitizing and educating a broad group of stakeholders on the use of social media for Ghana 2012 Elections and its related activities. (Social Media workshops) • Deploy and comprehensively utilize social media tools to cover and address Elections 2012 activities, monitoring issues and results.
    20. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY SCENE IN AFRICA
    21. LETI GAMES: EYRAM TAWIA & WESLEY KIRINGA – BRINGING TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE CHARACTERS BACK TO LIFE THROUGH GAMES
    22. SAYA MOBILE: ROBERT LAMPTEY – BRINGING MODERN MESSAGING TO FEATURE PHONES IN AFRICA
    23. PLATFORMS >> BLACKBERRY, ANDROID, IOS AND JAVA
    24. CLAIMSYNC: ISAAC MCSEY + SETH AKUMANI – Healthcare facilities software automating patients’ records and process medical records electronically.
    25. ESOKO - A RURAL MARKET INFORMATION SYSTEM THAT SEEKS TO IMPROVE INCOMES OF FARMERS BY BUILDING HEALTHY MARKETS.
    26. MPAWA: MAXWELL DONKOR - CONNECTING AFRICA’S JOB MARKET VIA MOBILE
    27. MPowerPayment: Ghana’s Mobile Payment Provider.
    28. M-FARM – A MARKET TRANSPARENCY TOOL FOR FARMERS. KENYAN FARMERS SIMPLY SMS THE NUMBER 3535 TO GET INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE RETAIL PRICE OF THEIR PRODUCTS.
    29. M-FARM STARTED FROM AKIRACHIX – AN ALL GIRLS DEVELOPERS NETWORK FROM NAIROBI, KENYA FOUNDED BY JAMILA ABBASS.
    30. AFRITICKETS:OLAOTAN TOWRY-COKER - TO BECOME THE TICKETMASTER OF AFRICA FOR ALL EVENTS
    31. TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY 2 PLATFORMS: ODEKRO + MZANLEDO MONITORS PERFORMANCES OF YOUR ELECTED LEGISLATORS IN PARLIAMENT IN GHANA & KENYA RESPECTIVELY…
    32. WHAT DOES ALL THIS START-UPS HAVE IN COMMON?
    33. TECH & INNOVATION HUBS ACROSS AFRICA
    34. Africa’s information and technology sector is shaping up to become a major driver of development across the continent. African tech hubs and incubators are giving birth to new ideas and innovations helping solve various socio-economic problems.
    35. MEST– Accra, Ghana
    36. ACTIV SPACES– CAMEROON
    37. BongoHive– Zimbabwe
    38. iceAddis– Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    39. CC-HUB– LAGOS, NIGERIA
    40. JOKKO LABS– SENEGAL
    41. iHub – Nairobi, Kenya
    42. HIVE COLAB – KAMPALA, UGANDA
    43. AFRILABS – An association linking all the hacker-spaces and innovation hubs across the continent for learning, growth, and to provide greater mass for the entrepreneurs that work from them. AFRILABS provides mentorship, partnership with other hubs/spaces and also foster collaboration on social projects. AFRILABS – The Mother of ALL Innovation/Hacker-spaces/Tech Hubs in Africa.
    44. AFRILABS – NETWORK OF TECH & INNOVATION HUBS ACROSS AFRICA.
    45. AFRICA RISING SERIES by DHL Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvIdqmq4o z8
    46. CONTACT: TWITTER: @MACJORDAN BLOG: HTTP://WWW.MACJORDANGH.COM FACEBOOK: HTTP://FACEBOOK.COM/MJDEGADJOR

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