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July 30, 2009
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Ken   July 30th, 2009 11:28 am ET

Internet should be on top of something which is need to be managed,let say education system or Africa internet's crazy-access,anyhow, will be of little use.

Lyndon Sullivan @lindano on twitter   July 30th, 2009 11:52 am ET

What a fantastic achievement for Sea com,if they bring the Internet to Africa.All the advantages for businesses, investments out side Africa,&also to the young people of the continent, to help improve their education,& insight in to the world at large. Sea cam Internet cable can improve peoples lives in this underprivileged continent,& i hope it happens very soon.Yours,Lyndon Sullivan,@lindao on twitter.

monalia   July 30th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

Here is an excerpt from my blog about running an internet business from Senegal:

There is an exhilarating tapestry of pure sound in a town like this in Africa, where no one on our end of the village has electricity. Even the funky nightmarish internet place at the beginning of the village only is allowed to have electricity between certain hours every day. Everything in this country is intricately and atavistically divided. There are actually two rickety internet places “competing” with each other, and only three sheds away from each other. They compete to play the loudest music; one playing reggae, the other hip hop, with the hut in between the two internet places playing Arabic music. The result is high volume cacophony, which becomes part of the strangely tactile experience of filling Partners In Rhyme orders in Abene. Its very slow, frustrating, exasperating even given the heat, but we manage to make it there every few days to fill orders and recharge my laptop and Mark’s iPhone.

We give our business to the internet shop recently opened by a French woman resident named Laurie who is married to an African musician who is presently performing in England. She is somehow mistrusted and given a hard time because she is a white woman and the other internet place was there first. Laurie is the mother of a 3 year old son born here in Africa. She lives here, is trying to help the village, is the one responsible for giving this Abene music festival a website. She has noble intentions of teaching people in the village first how to type, then how to browse the internet for information, not just games. Most importantly for tourists like us, she speaks English.

As sound designers we are in heaven. There are no generator noises, few cars, only the sound of the ocean surf, the incessant drums and birds. It is when the drums stop that we get the best sounds, the true sounds of Africa with its many exotic birds, insects, frogs, lizards and wild cats, goats , dogs et al. Pure sound is exhilarating.

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