Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kenyan Twitterati

Today (June 30, 2011) is World Social Media Day and there is no better way to celebrate it than to be in the social media! One of the social media that we all like hands down is Twitter and the Foreign Policy magazine recently run the The FP Twitterati 100. However, I was surprised no one featured in the list from our part of the world apart from president Paul Kagame @PaulKagame and a few others from African continent. That is NOT to say that Twitter is not King in Africa. In Kenya we do have Twitterati. So here is my #FF. This are tweeps you need to follow!
Twitter sign in page
Aly Satchu Khan (@alykhansatchu) – He has been described as the king of twitter in Kenya. Expect to get tweets on Geo-Politics, live feed of NSE etc. A cool guy he is.
Tom Mboya (@tommboya) – A governance specialist & also Deputy CEO, Inuka Kenya Trust

Bob Collymore (@bobcollymore ) – Safaricom’s CEO.  He may be credited getting CEO’s on twitter in Kenya.
Chris Kirubi (@CKirubi ) – Kenyan business man connected at the right places.
Mugo Kabati (@mugokibati) – CEO of Kenya Vision 2030 (Kenya’s blue print to achieve middle income status). Learning the ropes of using twitter.

Amb. Scott Gration (@USembassyKenya)– Kenya’s new ambassador to Kenya. Preceded by (@Amb4reform-Michael Ranneberger)
Rob Macaire(@UKinKenya)– Tweets from the British High Commission in Kenya. Also, blogs.
Aeneas C. Chuma (@AeneasChumaUN)– Head of UN in Kenya
Jacques Pitteloud (@JHPitteloud) – Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Somalia and The Seychelles. (Former Spy!)

Martha Karua (@Martha_W_Karua) – MP for Gichugu Constituency. Presidential Candidate for Kenya 2012.
Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) – Kenya’s Finance Minister and deputy Prime Minister. From the sources I have he is the one behind the twitter handle.
Prof. Anyang Nyong’o (@AnyangNyongo) – Min. for Medical Services and ODM Sec. General. Recently joined twitter thanks to his youthful daughters @Zawadin and . Yet to develop the tweeting culture
Peter Kenneth (@Peter_Kenneth) –MP Gatanga constituency, Assistant Ministry of State of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030.
Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) – President of Uganda
Jacob G. Zuma (@SAPresident) – Twitter handle for the president of South Africa

Dr. Willy Mutunga (@Wmutunga) – Kenyan Chief Justice (recently joined twitter)

Erik Hersman (@whiteafrican) –Co-founder of Ushahidi, iHub Nairobi and AfriGadget
Akira Chicks (@akirachixs) –A ladies tech group with innovations such as (@mfarm_ke)
Ory Okolloh (@kenyanpundit)–Google Policy Manager Africa, co-founder &, Afropolitan
Juliana Rotich (@afromusing) –Co-Founder of Ushahidi
Kaburo (@kaburo) –Tweets from head of Tandaa (ICT Board Kenya
Paul Kukubo (@pkukubo)– CEO, Kenya Information and Communication Technology Board
Mark Kaigwa (@mkaigwa) – Strategist, who works with brands, agencies & nonprofits to communicate to a new generation of Africans online
Nairobi Lab (@thenailab)– Incubation Laboratory focused on I.T. Based or I.T. Heavy SMEs.

Bankele (@bankelele)
Kenyan Poet (@Kenyanpoet) – Performance Poet, Published Writer,Arts blogger & tech enthusiast
Cold Tusker (@coldtusker)

News Personalities
Jeff Koinange (@koinangejeff  – Host of the Capital Talk on K24
Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) – Daily Nation reporter
Dennis Itumbi (@OleItumbi) – Kenyan
David McKenzie (@McKenzieCNN) – CNN correspondent in Africa
Charles Onyango-Obbo (@Cobbo3)–Executive Editor for Africa & Digital Media Division, Nation Media Group

John Githongo (@johngithongo) – Former anti-corruption Czar
Eric Wainaina (@EricWainaina) – Musician who deals with societal issues
Al Kags (@alkags) – An orginiser #Feb28
Buddha Blaze (@ItsBuddhaBlaze) – Connector to events

2012 Elections
The Kenyan elections are scheduled for August 2012 and with the incumbent not eligible for re-election. It means that come end of the election Kenya is poised to have a new president. Pundits are of the opinion that the man on the hill next year most probably will be a twitterati. So this has seen lots of politicians join twitter in Kenya in anticipation to woo the Kenyan’s on twitter. However, one at times does not know who is behind the twitter handle. So here are some of those that may be twitter accounts that come with the season
Team Uhuru (@TeamUhuru) – Teams managing Uhuru Kenyatta (Dep. PM) Presidential bid
Raila Odinga (@PMRailaOdinga) – Teams managing Raila Odinga (PM) Presidential bid

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