Kelele, an annual African bloggers’ conference, was announced yesterday at BarCamp Africa
at the GooglePlex in San Francisco. This exciting event will be held in a different African city each year and run by an organising committee in that city. Kelele will be held for the first time in August 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya
is producing the event, along with an organizing committee of bloggers from all over Africa. This includes Ndesanjo Macha
, Erik Hersman
, Nii Simmonds
, Sami Ben Gharbia
, and me.Why Kelele?Kelele
is the Kiswahili word for noise
. We are organising a gathering of African bloggers in the tradition of historical African societies where everyone has a voice.
The specific theme of Kelele ’09 Nairobi is Beat Your Drum
– which connects the traditional Africa method of getting your message across vast distances – the talking drums – to the 21st century and the tools we use today, blogs and the Internet.Sponsorship
We are working to make Kelele a world-class conference, but in order to do this we will need Sponsorship to cover costs such as delegate's flights, venue, AV and bandwidth.
We’d like to invite all organizations with an interest in blogging, Africa and citizen media to become a sponsor of the inaugural African Bloggers Conference: Kelele!
There are a variety of ways that you can become involved as a sponsor for Kelele - your contribution doesn’t only need to be financial in nature. If you’d like to find out more about the sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org