Social media has given voice to the voiceless, and that is not something good for a dictatorial regime. In fact, it is a threat to such regimes, as it can act as a platform where people with the same view can meet up and in solidarity speak with a louder voice.
We have seen that in the Arab Springs where protesters unable to rely on mainstream media, turned to social media to group up and stage bigger protests. While calling out to more like-minded people to join in.
That is yet to be replicated in sub-Saharan Africa, where you get a couple of dictators holding on to power for over three decades; cough cough, Uganda. The West African nation of Benin on Sunday went to the polls, where citizens were supposed to elect their next cohort of leaders.
That election was marred with protests with no opposition candidate being on the ballot paper. Something that came about after the body that oversees elections in Benin approved just two political parties to field a candidate. Those two political parties are said to be allies of the incumbent President Patrice …read more