Abidjan Blog Camps: The First Workshop

The Rising Voices Grantee Abidjan Blog Camps has conducted its first citizen media training program this month.

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Roger Kassé informs about the workshop held on the September 3, 2009:

At the initiative of the National Union of Journalists of Côte d'Ivoire (UNJCI) in collaboration with the Association I3C, a training seminar on ‘Journalism and e-blogging’ was held at the Press House of Abidjan. This training session was attended by 10 journalists from various Ivorian media.

Théophile Kouamouo (journalist blogger) and Manasseh Dehé (computer engineer) introduced a number of citizen media tools to the participants to teach them blogging. Besides theoretical lectures the new bloggers also engaged in practical trainings.

Théophile Kouamouo writes [fr] about the workshop:

They know – especially the young – that their job is changing. There have already created two blogs, one of Roger and Cynthia, in addition to that of Prosper, which already existed. Many Twitter accounts have been created.

True change agents, journalists who attended the training have already turned into evangelists of blogging. Their articles were published in Le Nouveau Réveil, L'Expression, Fraternité-Matin, AIP, etc. … We had also the opportunity to discuss the topic of online media and blogs on Radio Côte d'Ivoire and Radio Jam. (machine translation)

roger kasseRoger Kassé informs about the case of toxic waste dumped in 2006 by the ship Probo Koala.

Roger also writes an interesting report on the internet scammers aka “grazers”:

Most of the time, they pose as women or are in collusion with women experts in the art of Internet scam. Their targets or victims reside in Europe. Within a decade, Abidjan became the hub of cyber crime because of these grazers. These crooks on the net belong to a vast network from Nigeria. Their scenario is simple. They storm the cyber space in the district of Abidjan. Their favorite sites are social networks like Facebook or chat sites. (machine translation)

Cinthia R Aka explains that the marketing strategists in Ivory Coast lure clients at any price:

The sellers of clothing, cosmetics and even food installed in our markets do not lack imagination when it comes to bringing people to buy their goods.

Manasseh Deheer, writes about a gathering of entrepreneurs to discuss “The new web based tools for optimizing digital identity (personal / professional).”

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Yoro informs that Théophile's wife Nadine Kouamouo, a team member of the project has won the “Best woman ICT reporter” at the Highway Africa Conference.

Nadine writes about the abundance of skin whitening slogans used to sell cosmetics products in Abidjan.

We are looking forward to read more from the Abidjan Blog Camp participants’ blogs.

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