AfriGadget, that brave new face of the "can do" attitude personified has joined the prestigious community of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites 2008! Anita Hamilton talks briefly about the process she used in selecting the list and some personal favorites here. i learned about this from Collins Mbalo of the Nairobian's Perspective yesterday.
Congratulations to Eric Hersman, Founder of AfriGadget, and his tireless team of editors who are diligently uncovering the "international development news that doesn't make it onto CNN" and the rest of the mainstream media. Here's a short blurb on each of them:
- Erik himself grew up in Sudan and Kenya. He is a passionate advocate of change brought about through the smart use of technology. He started and runs the WhiteAfrican personal blog.
- Steve Mugiri is one of the most dedicated editors who is deeply committed to ensuring top quality content. He has sourced some of the most popular stories on AfriGadget to date. Check out Steve's blog at Ntwiga.
- Juliana Chebet is one of the founding AfriGadget editors. A Kenyan with an engineering degree and a heart for solar power, she currently lives in Chicago, from where she runs Afromusing.
- Juergen Eichholz is a German water & sanitation specialist who, like Eric, grew up in East Africa. He "has a knack for finding interesting stories that go beyond the normal found on AfriGadget." Now, that's saying something when you realize this: 'normal' on AfriGadget is already parsecs beyond what goes for 'normal' in mainstream media coverage of events in Africa! Visit Juergen's blog Kikuyumoja’s Realm.
Eric is always at pains to point out that AfriGadget is "a team blog done by Africans all around the world. Stories are sent in to the various authors and they post them - so anyone can contribute" (see comment section of this post over at the treehugger). This attitude, among other personal attributes of this remarkable individual, is at the root of AfriGadget's success. As we celebrate AfriGadget's achievements today, one cannot help but wonder how the future will unfold for its growing community of contributors and readers. Only time will tell the success stories yet to come.