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VOF Week 2: (I Speak for Kenya)

I first came across blogging three years ago, and I quickly created a blog. I run the blog on and off for a period of one year, before I neglected it. The cost was high for me, I was a university student and access to the Internet was something I had and I still have to budget. At the beginning of this year, I decided to start another blog. Coming up with relevant stories is a challenge. I am impressed that there has been tremendous improvement in the “blogging industry,” though security still posses a problem

In Kenya blogging is a concept that is enjoyed by a few mostly the elite. The basic tools needed for blogging are:

  • A Computer
  • Internet connection

Unfortunately these are not easily accessible. Internet connection comes with a price. It is cheaper to type the text offline then paste it, but that will mean that one has to own a computer or borrow. In cyber cafes even if one is not using the Internet, one still has to pay to use the computer.

Then there is the issue of readership. This is mainly caused by ignorance. The majority back in my country still do not know about blogging, this is not to say that there are no bloggers, there is a good number of bloggers in Kenya who are movers and shakers both nationally and internationally. However, the local audience is limited but growing. Those in the rural communities do not have access to the internet, if at all they know about blogs, and those in the urban areas may not afford to pay for reading blogs in the cyber

On the other hand I must say that the government has made tremendous effort to improve Internet accessibility. From the introduction of fibre optics cables that will make Internet access cheaper, to the rural electrification projects (making electricity available in the rural area thus attracting investors and development), and the introduction of computer classes in public schools, I can say that things will be changing soon. A generation of more informed persons is emerging.

What is needed is for you and me to continue working hard to empower the woman and the girl child. There are very few women bloggers, in my country, again the world of computers, software and its uses has been annoyingly accepted as the “man’s world”. Tell the women there is a medium they can use to tell their story to the rest of the world. They own that space. www.blogger.com Visit and create your space. Just by posting to your journal in World Pulse one is a blogger.

Once the space is created it becomes your responsibility. More needs to be done in this area. This is a journey clearly cut out for us because the level of illiteracy is still high especially among the women, and the quality of education provided especially for those in the rural areas is still low.

Comments

enDhruva's picture

I share your frustration that

I share your frustration that the people who could benefit most from internet accessibility are the ones who can't get it. I am happy to hear that your government is trying to help out in some ways.

After reading your entry for Week 3, I found myself wondering if you are indeed still actively blogging on your own site and what that blog address is? I also would have loved to have heard more on how you came across the concept of blogging and how you learned to start your own. I really enjoyed the tone you took in your 2nd to the last paragraph as a call to action and would have loved to have read more with this tone.

Your descriptions of the plight of the lack of computers and connection was very descriptive. Thank you for putting your countries' struggles and solutions into such a clear voice and for being a part of World Pulse and Voices of our Future!

Best Regards,
Erin

Gemma's picture

Blogging for empowerment

I enjoyed reading your post this week and agree that we need to spread the word about the availability of blogging and the need for all women to tell there story. It seems that you have been blogging for some time. Did you learn about it at University? Do you still have to pay for access? You mentioned that readership is still an issue in Kenya. One of the amazing things about blogging and Pulsewire is that your audience is now spread around the world and you can influence women from all parts of the globe.

Keep up the good work.

Gemma

The Afrika way's picture

hallo

hi,

Thanks for your comments. i apologize for my late reply.

Yes I came to know about blogging when I was at the University.

One does not have to pay for internet access at the university, but accessing the computers is a hustle. There are around 40 to 50 computers at the campus. and we are talking of a campus with thousands of students. One is forced to go to "cyber cafes" where one is has to pay to access the internet.

Warm Regards

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