Kenya’s emerging digital elite.
Yesterday evening, I had the opportunity to attend the BBC Digital Planet Tweetup at Jacaranda Hotel’s Pizza Garden (Thanks to Gareth and Michelle of the BBC). I got there fairly late but was amazed to find an interesting lot of people from all walks of life who had answered the “tweet” to attend. Now, here’s the thing, the meet up or more specifically the “Tweetup” was organized (as its name implies) almost exclusively using Twitter (unless you have been under a rock for the last couple of years, I presume you know what Twitter is?).
The folks who showed up for the Digital Planet Tweetup we’re an eclectic mix from all sorts of backgrounds, ages, races, etc. However, the one thing that was common to all of them is that this lot was the most digitally connected group of people you could possibly hang out with on Kenya. They are people who live on Twitter, Blog regularly and Facebook incessently. They are “switched on” Kenyans who drive online conversations, day in and day out, on a myriad of issues. Some we’re students, some we’re techies, others we’re scientists, lawyers, doctors, bankers, entrepreneurs, etc – they ran the whole gamut.
Kenya’s digital elite are in a world of their own (literally!) as they live a good part of their daily lives online. They (mobile) tweet on the move, they blog when a burning issue captures their attention, they have thousands of followers on the web and they shape views on many of the issues affecting Kenya today, through the Internet. They say what cannot be said in mainstream media and they are not shy about it. They are the Kenyan digital elite and they are a fast growing class that will ultimately influence Kenya’s social-economic future.