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Until lions have their own historians – A Social Media Story

“Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” I had a hearty laugh the first time I read that. And to date, I can’t help but smile whenever I recall this simple yet powerful quote. Back in high school and even at the University, not to mention in […]


My 2010 Social Media Story, What’s yours?

A year ago, almost, I decided to out my own and established Socialight Media Kenya, a company that would provide Social Media solutions to Kenyan businesses. This was a big risk first because nobody seemed to care what Social Media could do for businesses and secondly because nobody knew I was nor cared for that […]


Your 2010 Social Media Story as a Kenyan?

This has been a tremendous year for Socialight Media and Social Media in Kenya. Social Media has grown in leaps and bounds and Socialight Media Kenya is honored to have been here to cover aspects of this growth especially those that relate to Kenyan Businesses and their use of social media as well as the […]


Social Media for Political Accountability

A few weeks back, our Prime Minister kicked off a storm in not only the media but the social media scene as well when he called for the arrest of gays and lesbians in the country. Given how conservative Kenya usually is, I was surprised at how Kenyans reacted because this attack did not go […]


Authority in Real-Time

I had settled for real-time authority as the title for this blog post but then realized that the title might be misleading or deceiving. Authority in Real-Time seems more apt for the thoughts I would like to share with you today. I would like to explore what Authority is today and how you can develop […]

  • Marvin Tumbo,
  • November 29, 2010

Social Media is a Social Contract

During the Global Peace Convention which happened in Nairobi this past week, Uriel Gbenga of Landmark Internships, Nigeria, said something quite interesting. He said that participation in social media is tantamount to entering into a social contract with other people. I was/am a student of Sociology and Economics and his statement took me back to […]


Opt In vs. Opt Out and Kenyan Brands

The following are the standard definitions: An “opt in” requires an action or affirmation by an individual for inclusion; the default is exclusion; An “opt out” requires an action or affirmation for exclusion; the default is inclusion. When I sign up for a newsletter, I have opted in. When I subscribe to a blog, I […]


The Global Social Entrepreneurship Coalition launch at the Global Peace Convention

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Coalition (GSEC) online platform, a project of the Global Peace Service Alliance, will be launched at the upcoming Global Peace Convention, November 17th-21, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. The launch of the platform will be a significant step towards the use of social networks and new media in the advancement of international […]

  • Marvin Tumbo,
  • November 13, 2010

Kenyan Politics, Mainstream Media, Social Media and Hate Speech

Months back, I wrote about the KTN Kenya Facebook Fanpage which I condemned for being too lax in its commenting policy – which was officially nonexistent but I still expected some sort of moderation. Back then, the Jamaican Cleric who was said to be on the Terror watchlist was the subject of discussion on the […]