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The African Century

Meet globeandmail.com's guest editor Ory Okolloh Add to ...

The Globe and Mail is pleased to welcome Ory Okolloh as guest editor of globeandmail.com on Monday, May 10.

Ms. Okolloh has been invited to edit our world site in order to share with readers a view of Africa and African news not normally seen in Canada - "The Africa You Don't Know." We want to present our readers with a full experience of what the average news day looks like across the continent, featuring content from bloggers and smaller papers to mainstream media outlets.

We've asked Ms. Okolloh to curate and recommend stories for the site. At the top of each story, you'll see an editor's note in which she explains why she selected the article and why it's important.

Ms. Okolloh's Twitter feed will have a prominent place on our world site. We are encouraging other Africans on Twitter to share links and opinions with our readers by using the hash tag #globeafrica.

At 9 a.m. ET, Ms. Okolloh will participate in a live conversation with Bob Geldof on the question of aid in Africa and the changing face of the continent. She has also recommended several African bloggers worth reading; we'll link to some of their recent posts.

As well, Ms. Okolloh has written a guest editorial under which you'll find a collection of recommended links.

Ory Okolloh is the co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, or "testimony" in Swahili, which began as a website that mapped reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout in 2008 using reports submitted online and by mobile phone. It has since grown into a free, open-source software project, used most recently http://haiti.ushahidi.com/main to track the relief efforts in Haiti following the earthquake. Click here to learn more.

She also writes one of the most popular blogs in the Kenyan sphere at Kenyan Pundit and is the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. She frequently Tweets and has large followings at @kenyanpundit and @ushahidi

Ms. Okolloh graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including TED Global and Poptech on issues around citizen journalism, the role of technology in Africa, and the role of young people in reshaping the future of Africa.

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Live, 9 am ET Monday: Bob Geldof & Ory Okolloh Readers chat about Africa's potential. BlackBerry and iPhone can view a mobile-friendly version of the live chat by clicking here.

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