The month of October, 2009 saw me joining Global Voices Online shortly after I had met Georgia Popplewell, who's the director of the Global Voices Online Community. I was introduced to her by Eduardo Avila [Founder and Director of the Bolivian Voices Project] after we had met at Maker Faire Africa which was held in Accra, Ghana from 14th -16th August, 2009.
The very first time I heard about Global Voices was during one of Ghana Bloggers monthly meet-up somewhere in Accra. Emmanuel K. Bensah spoke about his contributing to their works from Ghana and I really enjoyed all that he said about them. Since then, I have been looking out for a chance to join the group and also contribute my quota. That chance finally opened in Oct, 2009...
West-Africa's Celebrity Journalist, Ameyaw Debrah once asked me shortly after my post on Blog Action Day; "what Global Voices Online was? Answering him wasn't that difficult at all because I had started writing and contributing. "Global Voices Online is a network of bloggers and citizen journalists mostly who are volunteers that follow, report, and summarizes what is going on in the blogosphere in every corner of the world" was my answer to him.
Of all the authors at GV, Ethan Zuckerman, Solana Larsen & Georgia Popplewell are those whose works/writing inspires me a lot. There's no single day, I am not reading from any them to stay abreast with whatever is happening out there. Before writing this post, I had read about David Sasaki's retrospectives on GV's first 5yrs. It's really worth reading…!
Since Global Voices are made of volunteers [myself] who are self-less and willing to bring the news, interviews and discussions around the globe to your door, a little donation in supporting our works won't be a bad idea at all. You can send all your donations through various means here: Global Voices Donation
Honestly speaking, 5yrs of online presence and keeping people everywhere updated on the latest happenings around the world in different languages is just too much. I feel so elated to be a part of the GVO Community.
Global Voices at 5, many more years of connecting, informing and inspiring is yet to come.