Ingenuity



Afrigadget featured him a few years ago after he built a windmill to generate electricity for his home in a remote Malawian village using materials available locally. William Kamkwamba has come a long way indeed. He was one of the inventors recognised at the recently concluded TEDGlobal conference

With the help of friends he has created a blog to do: well what bloggers do... appraise well wishers of his undertakings. You can access his blog here.

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Steve Gilliard [1966-2007]



He was fearless, poignant, smart and he has a way with words. Gilly was an unapologetic liberal when that word has a nuance connotation for most. His predictions about the Iraq war are prophetic. He will be missed. So Long Gilly...may your soul rest in eternal peace.

Tail rank has a page with obituaries from the top guns in the left blogosphere here.

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Jeff Koinange Out at CNN

Jeff Koinange, CNN’s Africa trotting journalist has been relieved of his duties according to TVNewser. It looks like a little bit of controversy involving a woman, amplified by a blog in Kenya may have end his career with CNN.

The Kenyan blog Kumechuca calls Koinange “the Kenyan date rape journalist.” It also reports that a woman apparently sent a letter to the president of CNN Worldwide that outlines how Koinange started sending her personal e-mails.

Another blog: “Distant Lovers,” spells out conversations and e-mails from Koinange to the woman. Here is a passage:

“Jeff wanted to have a photo from me and I had made the mistake to tell him that I had an enlarged beautiful and very stylish one of me showing me ‘naked’.

CNN (according to TVNewser) isn’t saying much, but a spokesperson said Koinange, “is no longer employed at CNN, and we are not commenting beyond that.” I’m sure there are two sides to the story, and Koinange hasn’t been reached for his side.

Personally, I’m going to miss seeing Koinange on-air. He was so enthusiastic and passionate about his stories. If his extracurricular activities did in fact lead to the dismissal, it’s unfortunate, but it shows how powerful these little thingies called blogs are getting.

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