Wednesday, September 16, 2009

KELELE - African Bloggers Conference '09

What is Kelele?

Kelele is an annual African bloggers’ conference held in different African cities each year and run by an organizing committee in that city. Kelele will be held for the first time in October 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya and hopefully would move from there.

Why Kelele?
Kelele is the Kiswahili word for noise.

We are organizing a gathering of African bloggers in the tradition of historical African societies where everyone has a voice. With too many voices marginalized or simply ignored in African society today for a variety of reasons, we believe that the internet in general and grassroots media tools such as blogs/SMS in particular represent the most powerful way in which to give Africans back their voice.

We are gathering to make a powerful, positive, inspirational noise that will be heard across the continent and beyond. KELELE!

The specific theme of Kelele ’09 Nairobi is “Beat Your Drum” – which connects the traditional African 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.

We anticipate that this conference will continue to be called Kelele wherever it is held. For example Kelele Nairobi ’09, Kelele Accra ’10, Kelele Cairo ’11 and so on.

When will Kelele ’09 Nairobi take place?
October/November 2009. We have tentatively booked the 29th October – 1st November 2009.

Sister events
The African Bloggers Awards, which aims to recognize the top blogger from each African country, will be held for the first time in Nairobi during Kelele. The winner from each country will be invited and sponsored to attend Kelele ’09 Nairobi.

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

For more information please contact
General –
Daudi Were –
Erik Hersman –
Ndesanjo Macha –


Edward of PathGhana said...

I hope with time Ghana blogging can become powerful enough to organize such programs. It is just a matter of time. Thanks for the information MJ.

Oluniyi David Ajao said...

I can see they already postponed the event once. It is critical that they make such announcements early and make it know widely. This is my first time of learning about this.

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.