On February 7, I was contacted by Teo Kermeliotis from CNN who told me that they were “putting together a web story about some of Africa’s tech leaders to follow on Twitter” and would like to include me in the list.
I obliged and sent them a picture of me along with a short paragraph on the increasing role of new technologies across Africa as requested. I even suggested some people I felt should be on such list when asked to do so.
Today, CNN published the list omitting me and perhaps other leading African technology voices. CNN claimed that its African Voices has highlighted 10 leading tech voices from different African countries.
Well, two of the people in their list are not Africans — they are Americans who have lived and worked in Africa.
About an hour ago, I received an email from Teo saying that due to space restrictions they’ve decided to include only 10 people in the list – excluding me.
In my opinion, this is a major PR disaster for a highly reputable and respectable organisation such as CNN. As much as not being included in the list is disappointing, I wonder why I was contacted in the first place.
Of course the list has some great African tech voices I respect and admire, including ‘Gbenga Sesan and Ory Okolloh, it just leaves this sour taste in my mouth.
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