Saturday, December 15, 2007

3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa :Kwami Ahiabenu,II presentation on Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa

Kwami Ahiabenu II, Dakar Media 2007

From: penplusbytes, 1 day ago

3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa : New journalism, new technologies, improved governance
Du 13 au 15 décembre 2007, Dakar, Hôtel Faidherbe
Dakar (Senegal), December 13th to 15th, 2007
Kwami Ahiabenu,II presentation on Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa at Dakar 2007

my presentation on j blogs in West Africa

3rd regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa Opening Ceremony

At opening ceremony

- Diana Senghor- PIWA DIRECTOR
Gave a background to the regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa, namely the first and second workshops.
And she mentioned that the third stage of the revolution mirrored by this workshop is the use of technology to tell the west African story by West Africans.
She share with the groups past project by Panos to get radio stations to share content but there was a lot of , especially the challenge of getting radio production to a central pool for distribution. She said by using new technologies today some of the problems can be resolved. In order to ensure West African voices is heard, another project was coverage of major events by journalists from West Africa.
She said new technologies have opened a lot of opportunities, even in less democratic countries, journalists can get their voices heard through new technologies. The current interface of ICTs and Media has lead to the debate about who is a journalists

Challenges that come to mind :
- standards of journalism in the new information Age
- legal issues, respect for basic rights, piracy and intellectual property rights
state regulations, technical issues,
- issue of reaching out to illiterate via new technologies
- lack of access - building bridges between traditional journalist and new media
Concluded by saying she hopes some of the issues raised in her presentation will be discussed and she is looking forward to read recommendations from this workshop

- Ben Akoh, Programme OSIWA listen here

- Representative of the Ministry of Information watch here

3rd regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa

today is 13th December 2007

The 3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa under the theme New Technologies, New Journalism, Improved governance at Hotel Faidherbe, Dakar Senegal with participants introductions
so far it seems most west african countries at represented at this meeting
after the introduction, the formal opening ceremony will take place

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Dr Nii Quaynor Dontes Postel Award Prize Money to African Fund for Capacity Building,Research And Internet Development

AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, is very pleased to announce that Dr. Nii Quaynor, convenor of AfNOG and one of the authors of the original
project plan to set up an African Internet Number Registry has been awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Award at the IETF-70 meeting on 5th December 2007 which was
held in Vancouver Canada.

Dr. Nii Quaynor becomes the first African to receive this prestigious award from the Internet community. Each year, the Internet Society awards the Jonathan B.
Postel Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.

Dr. Quaynor has selflessly pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, enabling profound advances in information access, education, healthcare
and commerce for African countries and their citizens, said Internet Society president Lynn St. Amour. Today, Dr. Quaynor continues to champion not just technological advances but also African
involvement in Internet standards, processes and deployments, discussion on Internet policies and regulations, and ensuring African interests are well-represented globally.
He has shaped a community of Africans who share his vision and reflect the dedication shown by Jon Postel.

According to Adiel A. Akplogan, the CEO of AfriNIC, This is an important milestone for the African technical community presence in the International
forum. We expect this Award to have a huge impact on the community and will certainly emulate more contribution and commitment for Internet Protocol
technology and it use for Development in the AfriNIC service region.

Dr. Nii Quaynor has pledged to dedicate his prize to contribute to the new fund being setup by AfriNIC to support Internet development in Africa (African Fund
for Capacity Building, Research and Internet Development).

He said: We need to develop our young engineers to emulate the dedication to network engineering as exemplified by Jon Postel. We have to harness the
pioneering work done by the dedicated technical leadership who have trained hundreds of young engineers through AfNOG and AfriNIC. The fund will make a
difference in support for education and research of young engineers in Africa.

We would like all the African community to join us to congratulate Dr Nii Quaynor for his great contribution to the Internet community in Africa.
AfriNIC is a non-governmental and not-for-profit membership based organisation. Its main role is to serve Africa region as Regional Internet Registry, like the
four other continents which have their own RIR.

AfriNIC's mission is To provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and strengthen self Internet governance in Africa by encouraging a participative policy development.

To contact AfriNIC: t: +230 4666616, f: +230 4666758, e:

More about the Postel Service Award:

Theory and Practice of Online Learning,

found a free ebook on the Theory and Practice of Online Learning
table of content makes an interesting reading :

You can download the full book at

3rd Regional Workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa:New technologies, New journalism, Improved governance

scheduled to be held at Dakar (Senegal), Hotel Faidherbe from December 13th to 15th, 2007 organised by Panos West AFrica
Hope to be speaking on content for Journalists’ blogs’
currently finalizing my presentation

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Designing and Developing Virtual Classroom Training & Managing and Facilitating Virtual Classroom Training Courses

Kwami Ahiabenu,II
I took a two part live online course for developing skills of online instructor to help them design and facilitate highly engaging online sessions organized by LINGOs . The instructor, Greg Davis is the former Director of eLearning for American Express using Elluminate Live expertly took us through the two sessions:
Designing and Developing Virtual Classroom Training took place on November 7, 2007 (Two hours thirty minutes) and Managing and Facilitating Virtual Classroom Training took place on November 8, 2007(Two hours thirty minutes)

The courses were free of charge but prior registration was required to participate in this course. In total about 40 participants took part in this course drawn from the non profits sector and LINGOs member agencies. Among other prerequisites’, it was expected that participants must have attended at least one Virtual Class prior to class start time. Before attending the class, I also took a basic training on Elluminate at

The two sessions are part of Virtual Classroom Mastery Series, which take place every six week so the next course is scheduled for 12-13 December 2007.

Technology Requirements:
To participate in this course, I needed internet connection, speakers and a microphone and download and configure my computer to run Elluminate Live Tool ( ). Although this course was not dependent on a specific tool, the Elluminate Live tool was used to administer the class.

Designing and Developing Virtual Classroom Training

This course focuses on the design and development of Virtual Classroom Training (VCT) to aimed at helping participants create VCT courses At the end of class, we were taken through the following key areas : :
•Identify the anatomy of a Virtual Class
•Describe the tools available in most VCT engines to design robust interactivity
•Transfer Instructor-led Training (ILT) design skills to VCT
•Create Facilitator Guides and materials clearly and easily for VCT
•Share Best-practices and experiences

And for the second course on: Managing and Facilitating a Virtual Class, which focused on managing and facilitating a virtual class and designed for VC facilitators we were taken through the following areas :
• List 3 skills VC training must have
• Define characteristics of a successful virtual trainer
• Explain the various roles of a virtual class
• Define 4 ways to communicate with virtual learners
• Articulate the value of at least 3 tools found in a virtual classroom
• Tell us 3 ways to help a participant succeed in a virtual environment


At the end of each class we were given assignment due in 30 days from the end of the class.
Designing and Developing Virtual Classroom Training Assignment:
We were given a short lesson on writing objectives and our task was to make this presentation interesting, interactive, involve the learner, create at least one exercise and add two polling questions.
Managing and Facilitating a Virtual Class Assignment (same question but this time to be undertaken with a class member)

Elluminate :
Elluminate Live! our Internet-based, real-time, multi-platform eLearning tool that includes superior voice over the Internet(no phone calls is required), video, shared whiteboards, text messaging, breakout rooms, application sharing, PowerPoint import, which enable you to schedule and deliver classes online. You can also integrates elluminate with other eleaarning tools such as blackboard and moodle

Elluminte can work in lower bandwidth environments as low as 28.8kbps dial up. Other connections options are 33.6kbps dial up, 56kbps dial up, ISDN and Cable DSL.

1. Interactive White Board – write, draw and enable the trainer run presentations See listing of white board tools below
2. Interactive quiz and survey manager -Polling :Yes/No, Multiple Choices(A,B,C,D,E), Slowdown/Speedup Class Pace
3. Raise/lower Hand
4. Application sharing
5. Breakout sessions
6. Synchronized notes
7. Chat – enable class to chat as a group or undertake private chats with emoticons
8. Talk – enable the trainer to run the class and participants to contribute. You need click on the Mic icon to talk.
To read more about elluminate features go to

White Boards Tools
a. Pen tool
b. Line tool
c. Ellipse tool
d. Rectangle tool
e. Import an image
f. Eraser
g. Highlighter
h. Filled ellipse tool
i. Filled rectangle tool
j. Laser pointer
k. Insert screen capture button
l. Simple text tool
m. Text editor

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Legal KM

Presentation on Legal Knowledge Management by Kwami Ahiabenu, II 2007

From: penplusbytes, 2 minutes ago

Presentation on Legal Knowledge Management by Kwami Ahiabenu, II 2007 at Ghana Bar Association Workshop

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Monday, November 05, 2007


Unyte Lotus Sametime is a software designed for real-time work environment with instant messaging and Web conferencing capabilities for Unified Communications and Collaboration
IBM recently acquired webdialogs
to become Unyte Lotus Sametime
The product designed for enterprise, small businesses and individuals is mostly for a fee but there is a free trial option

Elluminate Live!.

Learnt today about elluminate live
according to their website :
Elluminate is a leading provider of live Web conferencing and eLearning solutions for the real-time organization. Serving corporate and academic sectors, the company ensures the best user experience through superior quality VoIP, communications that are in-sync regardless of connection speed, broad cross-platform support, and advanced yet easy-to-use moderator tools.
Elluminate's products create a rich, collaborative environment for live remote training and online meetings, all while delivering lower upfront costs and strong ROI. Customers include such well-known names as Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Penn State University, Johns Hopkins University and many more.

looking forward in using elluminate in upcoming courses I have registered for in Designing and Developing Virtual Classroom Training and Managing and Facilitating a Virtual Class via Learning for International Non-Governmental Organizations(LINGOS)

If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages

interesting quote by Elaine Liner, We Got Naked, Now What, SXSW 2006
on the day Hollywood ">writers are on a strike over the dispute of enjoying their share of the new media- DVD and online growing sweet revenue cake
according to the writers the strike is not about today but apart how writers work are acknowledged and rewarded online in future where new media would be the norm
According to Cecilia Bartholomew : "Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time".
what about a third problem : STRIKE

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

online training for journalist- web2fordev

Posting a post from Ethan Zucker about Web 2.0fordev Conference in Rome where I spoke on online training for journalists
- Kwami Ahiabenu, II from the International Institute for ICT in Journalism (PenPlusBytes) in Accra, Ghana, makes a persuasive case for the importance of basic tools in online education. His team offers free online trainings for journalists on how to incorporate IT into their journalistic practice and better use IT tools for reporting. The courses are offered via email, and while they encourage the use of fairly complex online tools, they’re accessible to anyone who can participate in the email lists, which helps explain their popularity with users throughout Africa, and as far away as Bangladesh and Australia. see full post at

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Quote of the Day - Mohandas Gandhi -

Friday, October 19, 2007

blogs as a tool for monitoring

At the recent Web 2.0 workshop for editors , met the Deputy of Daily Graphic he had this great idea: ensuring all journalists create personal blog and it would be mandatory for them to post all their stories they write for the Graphic.
this personal blog posting becomes a one stop shop for monitoring quality and quantity of stories over any given period of time. This is a cool idea because currently not all stories make it to the graphic website, so the blogs would cover this gap

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Improving the quality of journalism using web 2.0 – a practical training workshop

The International Institue of Journalism (penplusbytes) and Ghana Journalists Association with the suppport of the French Embassy in Accra is organsing a two day workshop for Twenty (20) Editors, Senior Journalists and Journalism Educators in Accra.
The workshop which runs from 10th to 11th October 2007 is being held under the theme: Improving the Quality of Journalism;Using Web 2.0
Trainers at the workshop
Kwami Ahiabenu,II of
Prince Deh of GINKS
Emmanuel.K.Bensah II of Ghana Journalists ICT Association

Monday, October 08, 2007

Blogging: The Ghanaian journalist's experience

Blogging: The Ghanaian journalist's experience

There are few bloggers in Ghana, including some few committed journalists who are proud to flaunt their newly acquired competence in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) publicly.

They comprise Emmanuel Bensah, a web journalist with the Third World Network, Isaac Tetteh of Radio Gold, Enoch Darfoh Frimpong of the Daily Graphic and Rayborn Bulley of Radio Ghana.
Mr Bensah is currently the acting President of the Ghana Association of Journalists in ICT who seizes every opportunity to promote blogging.

His blogs, which goes by the addresses: and
The first blog seeks to chronicle his trials and tribulations (perspectives, queries, worries) of living and working in Ghana, with a very critical and irreverent analysis of life in Ghana whilst the other looks at general issues affecting his life, but which cuts across EVERY INDIVIDUAL, with some slant that goes for someone who's come back to his home country after years, and is both reflecting and reminiscing about the trajectory of his life. He also has links and side issues on WSIS and ICTs in general and has five other blogs to his credit.

Mr Bensah is among just about 10 journalists in Ghana with knowledge about blogging.
Some veteran journalists have attributed the lack of interest in blogging to the fact that bloggers in certain countries have been arrested sanctioned or sacked from their work places for publishing articles deemed to be unethical or harmful for public consumption.
Such incidents abound in some Arab countries but experts dismiss it as too remote to take away the benefits and uses of blogging.

An executive of penplusbytes, an international institute for ICT journalism based in Ghana, Kwami Ahiabenu II, has blamed the lacklustre attitude of Ghanaian journalists to blogging on what he called practical challenges such as the lack of skills, access to ICT facilities and time constraint.

All the 10 regional capitals and some districts have Internet facilities, yet a number of journalists lack the basic skills to take advantage of the service.
A recent survey undertaken by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) with membership of more than 500 revealed that less than 20 per cent of Ghanaian journalists have ICT skills. The skill to blog is therefore a remote venture.
Steadfastly penplusbytes has carried on with its objective to create awareness on ICTs among journalists and had on several occasions published articles on blogs to educate journalists in Ghana and in the West African sub-region.

Despite these efforts, journalists in Ghana still find it difficult to create and manage blogs. Interestingly most of the journalists who go through training on blogging end up forgetting the processes involved. One of such training sessions was organised in April 2006 for 20 journalists.
Only three of the journalists who benefited from the training session including Mr Bensah are active bloggers.
The French Embassy in collaboration with the GJA also organised a workshop for journalists in 2005 but the tutorials for blogging was in French which made it difficult for the participants in the Anglophone West African country to grab the techniques.

In the face of the numerous challenges inhibiting the Ghanaian journalist from blogging, Ahiabenu believes there can be a way out.
He is of the view that journalists can seek dialogue with their workplace management to facilitate access for blogging.

Ahiabenu says the local Ghana Association of Journalists on ICT (GHAJICT) can collaborate with the umbrella association-the GJA, to design guidelines that would protect journalists from interferences that could occur when they seek to give their opinion through blogs.
Journalists in most countries already have certain privileges that protect them in the performance of their duties and to Ahiabenu Ghana could emulate the example. There is a test case of a group by the name 'media bloggers' who are seeking to be granted the same privileges and protection as journalists in the United States.

Ahiabenu says the benefits of blogging far outweigh the reasons for non-blogging.
According to a web definition, a blog in simple terms is a web site, where one can write on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, to enable visitors to read what is new for their comment through e-mail.
Since blogging was launched almost five years ago, it has helped to reshape the web, impacted on politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.
Blogs are easy to create and have been identified as the convenient way to publish anything at all for a wider public through the Internet. In most cases, search engines give results on topics from blogs.

Journalists in Nigeria are reported to be far ahead in blogging within the West African sub-region even though Ghana is more advanced in the establishment of ICT infrastructure with teledensity penetration of both rural and urban communities reaching 25 per cent at the end of 2006.
Ghanaian journalists have been slow in catching up with the use of blogs and according to Ahiabenu the percentage of bloggers is at about one to two per cent.

Penplusbytes is inculcating the culture of blogging among Ghanaian journalists and to Ahiabenu journalists can allow the process to thrive by asking their editors to edit their stories in order to ensure that there are no excesses that would bring about sanctions from higher authorities.
In addition there should be guidelines on blogging and the engagement of managers to facilitate the acquisition of ICT facilities.

Author : Emily Nyarko

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Web2fordev to support online learning

Online learning is here to stay and the increasingly availability of Web 2.0 tools
will making e-learning experience more rewarding though some challenges exist.

Making a case for online training of Journalists in Africa, Kwami Ahiabenu II
from the International Institute for ICT Journalism (PenPlusBytes) observed
that online training was going to become dominant means of training and that
there was need to invest time and energy to ensure that it becomes part of a
capacity building projects and programmes application.

He noted that though there are costs associated with online training in the
long run online training was relatively cheaper and cost effective.
An achievement was that online learning provided an opportunity for
Journalists to learn about new tools and use them in the process of learning

In overcoming the challenges, Ahiabenu II explained that the course used a
group e-mail list as their primary course delivery tool in order to ensure
low bandwidth participants are not left out of the course.

Meanwhile, to over come issues of time and commitment, they encouraged
the participants to devote more time to the online learning experience
in order to derive maximum benefits. They had also developed strategies
about coping with change and developing “online” mindset by adapting the
course to the learner’s environment via flexibility.

“For example when participants could not participate in a session
because his or her internet was down, we modify our time table to
take this problem into consideration,” said Ahiabenu.

He explained that the tools of the online course were skype, blogging,
yahoo groups, google groups, wiki’s, flicker, like,,
flicker, youtube and myspace to allow for participants to comment on content of the web.

In order to facilitate group communication in real time he explained
that they asked participants to create a skype account the unfortunate
part was that this was not successful because skype was banned in some
of the participants’ countries.

He said the three months online training organised with the help of partners’
course involved research, Web2.0 tools and Knowledge Management for newsrooms.

Some of the online topics included chat forums, reporting ICTs and
Content Management System for Journalists.

“Our lecture notes designed for a quick read, straight to the point
and written in a narrative format. At the end of each lecture notes
reference are provided as well as mandatory further online reading.
Links to additional relevant online resources are also provided,” he said.

In additional to online content, the trainers encourage participants to
buy relevant books as well by providing them with a list of books.
They also pointed out to participants relevant articles in magazines and newspapers
as they are publish during the course

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In Rome with Web 2.0

We took off from Accra on Saturday on 22nd September and got into Milan on Sunday
after 6hrs on Alitalia, then took a domestic flight into Rome.
We attempted to take the train to our hotel but we could not figure out how to that, so we ended with a shuttle
Sunday was a day of rest and quick tour of Rome
Monday started at the FAO building for web 2.0 taster

Thursday, September 13, 2007

September 25-27 – Web2forDev Conference

Keynote speakers

Anriette Esterhuysen Thierry Helmer Ethan Zuckermann



  • The core aims of knowledge exchange and the challenges of using new technologies to meet them – Mike Powell; Mike Pereira; Jennifer Heney; moderator: Roxana Samii

Parallel sessions


Monday, September 03, 2007

National ICT Awards 07: hon minister aggrey ntim, Chinery-Hesse and Kwami Ahiabenu,II

National ICTs Awards 2007
PICTURE from left to right
Mary Chinery-Hesse is Chief Advisor to President John Kufuor(special guest of honor ) Hon
Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim(host) and Kwami Ahiabenu,II(co-ordinator)

National ICT Awards 07 : picture hon. ntim, justice brobbey and ahiabenu,II

From Left to Right

Justice StevenAlan Brobbey, justice of supreme court and Chair of Ghana ICT Awards 07 ,
Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communication, host of Ghana ICT Awards 07 and Kwami Ahiabenu,II coordinator Ghana first ICT Award

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


learnt this word philology today, thought is was the wrong spelling of philosophy kuul

Philology, etymologically, is the "love of words." It is most accurately defined as "an affinity toward the learning of the backgrounds as well as the current usages of spoken or written methods of human communication." The commonality of studied languages is more important than their origin or age, though those factors are important as well. The term is derived from the Greek terms philos (Φιλος) meaning love and logos (λογος) meaning word. In a sense, to understand a language, philology seeks to understand the origins of that language, and so it is often defined as "the study of ancient texts and languages," although this is a rather narrow view and is entirely inaccurate.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Press release - Web2forDev 2007 conference

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speaking at this meeting
Kwami Ahiabenu,II



IBM, Oxfam and UNESCO listed among 40 presenters and speakers

Southern grass-root organisations and northern development actors represented at first Web2forDev Conference 2007


The first conference on the use of Web 2.0 for rural development and natural resource management promises to be an exciting event: no less than 40 speakers have been selected from organisations with various backgrounds from both North and South. Among the listed speakers are representatives from well-known organisations like IBM, Oxfam and UNESCO, but also Southern grass-root organisations who lead the way when it comes to the use of modern technology for development.

The Web2forDev Conference which will take place from 25-27 September in Rome, will address three topics, the use and impact of: shared virtual spaces for remote collaboration and knowledge sharing, the use of appropriate technologies for online publishing, and online information retrieval and access. Following on a request for proposals, 130 proposals on Web 2.0 topics were sent in out of which the selection has been made.

Jon Corbett, chairperson of the selection panel for the Web2forDev Conference notes that 'Although the call for proposals is closed more than two months ago, people are still sending us proposals for presentations. Apparently there is a high level of interest in using Web 2.0 technologies, not only in the North, but also in the South. Almost all proposals have a strong Southern focus, with a number of notable exceptions from Indigenous groups from Australia and Canada'.

When asking him about the most exciting topics to look forward to, he finds it hard to pick up only a single example. 'There is such a diverse spectrum of interesting talks being presented from throughout the world that it is hard to identify just one or two. We have selected quite a number of very exciting presentations. They range from talking about the innovative use of blogs and social video sites for language revitalization by Indigenous communities in Canada through to the deployment of Agricultural Marketing Information Systems being developed to assist farmers in improving and selling their crops in Ghana.'

According to Jon Corbett not only are the topics exciting, but also the way the conference programme is built. Jon Corbett: 'This is a truly interactive conference. Instead of offering presentation after presentation, we will create open spaces and incubator sessions at the Conference, these will allow speakers and participants to build their own agenda and meet to discuss relevant topics and issues. This innovative conference approach encapsulates the overall aim of the conference - to provide a forum to allow experts, users, interested people and development practitioners from both Southern and Northern countries to interact in an informal, though structured, and lively way on issues and technologies which suit their own needs, interests and experiences.'


Note for the press

The Web2ForDev Conference takes place in Rome from 25-27 September. On Monday 24 September pre-conference seminars will take place introducing web 2.0 tools. During the Conference daily multimedia digests will be produced and put online to follow the outcomes of everyday presentations and discussions. For more information on the Web2forDev Conference, please visit  


For questions regarding the Conference, please contact:

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Communication Officer - CTA  +31 317 467 143






Monday, August 13, 2007

Ghana holds first ICT Awards

After a lot of hard work, we managed to make Ghana first ICT Awards

 happen, I am very proud to provide leadership for this and looking forward to second national ICT awards in 17th May 2008

Kwami Ahiabenu,II

Ghana holds first ICT Awards

Accra, Aug. 12, GNA - The first ever Ghana Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Awards was held at the weekend in Accra, with a call on people in the industry to improve their innovative and creative capabilities for the nation's benefit.

President John Agyekum Kufuor, who made the call in a speech read on his behalf at the ceremony, said there was room for improvement and further collaboration with government to provide better access to ICT to many Ghanaians.

He urged stakeholders in the industry to initiate social responsibility programmes that would address the needs of the disadvantage and physically challenged.

President Kufuor noted that ICT provided the competitive edge for businesses and the socio-economic development of the country.

"In recognition of this, government continues to invest in world-class information technology systems to attain a leadership status in the West African."

President Kufuor said the pervasive ICT high-speed networks were no longer a luxury but an essential infrastructure for socio-economic development.

He said "We must prepare the infrastructure for the current needs as well as future needs and we will also have to do cost-effective work and in an efficient manner."

President Kufuor said it was necessary to have easy and affordable access to resources that would enable businesses especially local small medium scale enterprises to provide new services to the citizenry. He said as a result, Government was committed to enhancing the bandwidth availability to promote efficiency in ICT services at affordable cost.

President Kufuor said the construction of the National Fibre Communication Backbone Infrastructure had commenced and urged all businesses to explore and harness its potential and that the first phase of the project would start by the close of the year.

He explained that the project would open the doors to new business opportunities in software and hardware development and create new jobs for the youth.

President Kufour said that as the ICT industry strives for peaks of excellence by global standards, the challenge for Ghana would be to work hard to be among the world's best countries in the industry.

Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communication, said the awards which was championed by the Ministry of Communication in partnership with people in industry was designed as a catalyst for the Government and private sector to drive the programme of using ICT for accelerated development.

Mr. Ntim said the objective was to evaluate and recognize standards of excellence in the quest for growth and development, encourage public and private institutions to use ICT for development and to ensure that ICT professionals were provided a benchmark for recognizing and validating outstanding contributions.

He said the event, which saw 17 companies and institutions receiving awards would be an annual affair. Soft Tribe Company received an award for being the pioneering software company that has promoted and stimulated the growth of software development in the country.

Network Computer Services received an award for been the first Internet Service Provider, ACR Company, was adjusted the first major outsourcing company and NCR Company as the pioneer in hardware trading in computers.

Kasapa, Tigo and MTN were awarded for their being the first companies in implementing CDMA, provision of mobile telephones and GSM in Ghana respectively.

One Touch of the Ghana Telecom Company received the award for its pioneering role in the provision of ICT in remote parts of Ghana whilst Ghana Telecom took the award for its pioneering role in implementing international gateway via undersea cable.

Business Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and IPMC were adjudged the pioneering companies in establishing cyber cafes and ICT training University in the country respectively. Clydestone Ghana received an award for been the first to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange and Ghana Commercial Bank as the first company to be computerized.

University of Ghana was adjudged the first in providing leadership in the creation of academic research network in ICT. The pioneering role in the use of ICT tools for employment award went to the Ghana Society for Blind.

The only lifetime achievement for ICT development award went to Professor Clement Dzidonu, who provided leadership for the development of Ghana's ICT for accelerated development policy.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What is concept mapping?

Concept mapping, mind mapping, tree diagrams, organisation charts, spider diagrams are all terms used to describe graphical organisation methods. These are used for storing, processing, organising and presenting information graphically. A number of software packages are available which help draw these diagrams and output them in various forms. But what do these terms mean? Why are these mapping techniques useful? Who uses them and why are they so popular?

A concept map is a diagram where each node contains an idea, concept or question which are linked together by branches to show their relationship to each other. A concept map does not always have to take the form of a web they can be presented as a tree diagram or organisational chart, as an input or output tree or as a flow chart. Mind mapping is a distinct technique from concept mapping. Mind maps take a particular, prearranged web form. They were developed from psychological theories by Tony Buzan in the 1970s. Combining keywords, images and colour, this highly structured method of concept mapping has become popular with all ages for note taking, brainstorming and creative thinking. Other types of concept maps have been developed for particular uses: tree diagrams for structured hierarchical diagrams such as organisational charts, input and output trees for showing processes.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Breakfast Show TV Interview

I was on Ghana TV breakfast show to talk about upcoming money show


currently participating in ginks tech forum under the theme :
Enhancing on-line collaboration as a peer support for ICT4D in Ghana
Date : july 19th 2007 at busy internet acccra
took part in the last one held at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology during the eclipse

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

African Incubator Network(AIN) Workshop for Incubators in West Africa

Currently participating in the African Incubator Network(AIN) workshop for incubators in west africa taking place from today 17th t0 18th july 2007 at Coconut grove regency hotel, Accra Ghana under the theme : Providing solution to Small Busines Innovation and Entrepreneurship through networks and awareness

Monday, June 25, 2007


participating in a two-day roundtable discussion based on the study: ICTs, Trade and Economic Growth.
organised by the Government of Ghana in conjunction with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Canadian e-Policy Resource Centre (CePRC)
at Alisa Hotel, Ridge

Friday, June 22, 2007

Speaking Web2fordev Conference

Speaking at Web2fordev Conference on

“Empowering journalists with online tools: making a case for online training”

Abstract and description

There is no doubt that journalists and the media needs urgent training in online tools in order to ride the tide with the information revolution. Unfortunately the cost of training of journalists remains high in context of resources and time. One solution to this challenge is designing and implementing low to free online training for journalists in online tools. The key advantage of this option is that journalists are going to be using the very tool they are learning about in their online class plus they do not need to take leave from work. The International Institute for ICT Journalism (penplusbytes) is implementing an online course for journalists in a wide range of topics including knowledge management for the newsroom, blogging and web 2.0. This case study shows and tells how the various online tools were used in delivering the course and the learning experience of the class. We explore how Web 2.0 tools are changing the face of journalism with particular focus on blogging and these tools are empowering journalists. Secondly we are going to share some of the challenges of online course delivery and how to overcome some of these challenges. Emphasis would be place on the need to use the most appropriate online tools with specific reference to learner’s environment. Furthermore we explore online knowledge sharing opportunities and how participants connect with each other. Lastly we are going to reinforce the fact that online training provides an empowering opportunity for journalists as they negotiate online space in their daily work.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Speaking on Digital Divide at Ghana Community Radio Network Meeting

The workshop will run from 4-8 June at Busy Internet for 20-25 participants from the different Community Radio stations/initiatives.
My slot :
Mon, 4 June
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
"The digital divide - what does it mean and how does it apply to Ghana?"
see for information about Ghana Community Radio Network

Friday, May 18, 2007

proverb for today

"When spider webs unite they can entangle a lion.” Ethiopian Proverb

Friday, May 11, 2007


The National Secretariat of the Ghana Bar Association is pleased to announce that AITEC, in consultation with the GBA is organizing the 4th Legal Information and Knowledge workshop, for the corporate counsel; on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June 2007 at GBA Secretariat, Accra.

The theme for the workshop “EMPOWERING THE CORPORATE COUNSEL FOR THE ONLINE AGE” will address pertinent concerns of corporate counsels and empower them with online tools including Web 2.0 to help them achieve organizational goals and vision through the use of modern Information and Knowledge Management System.

Participants would be equipped with practical online Legal Knowledge Management skills, create their personal websites and develop strategies of deriving the maximize benefits from the myriad of online legal information and knowledge resources.
Prospective participant should kindly call 021-672-884 / 024-9410-606 or ghanalegalkm at for enquiries and registration.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Interview on CITI FM Accra, Ghana on 10th April 16 hrs

Have a scheduled radio show interview on CITI FM EBF Business Talk
Topic: How ICT can be employed to enhance business and ICT potentials for entrepreneurs.
Date: 10th April, 2007
Time: 2.00pm -3.00pm

Measuring Knowledge Management

So now that my company has decided to embark on a Knowledge Management (KM) path the inevitable question is: How do you measure success of the KM program? From the research I have done there seems to be no easy answers. The main issues are:

  1. KM is a soft subject, it enables many different activities within a Professional Services organization but is not directly responsible for these activities.
  2. Direct impact of KM on hard metrics such as Profitability, Resource Utilization, Resource Productivity, Margin etc are hard to attribute directly to KM, as any number of factors can influence these areas.
  3. Collection of metrics can prove to be just as difficult as determining the appropriate metrics.

From the research I’ve done and conversations with my Board and other individuals I’ve come up with a categorized system of metrics.

  • Indirect: These are metrics that KM has some degree of impact on but cannot be directly and solely attributed to KM activities. Such metrics include, Year over Year or Quarter over Quarter increase in:
    • Profitability
    • Margin
    • Overall Revenue
    • Other metrics that are measurable at a business unit level
    • Revenue from partners
  • Direct: These are metrics that KM has a direct impact on and can be recognized as having contributed to. Capture of these metrics may require specialized tools or surveys. Metrics can include:
    • Employee satisfaction with finding information
    • Enhanced Customer & Employee collaboration
    • Enhanced Employee & Employee collaboration
    • Reduced ramp up time for new employees/partners
  • Program: These are metrics about the KM program itself, in my case the Professional Services KM program.
    • Increase in the number of Project Reviews
    • Number of Knowledge assets grows
    • Increase in the number Communities of Practice
    • Number of hours spent by consultants on KM capture, update and use

Actionable Knowledge: A Technology Showcase for Nicto, the New Business Intelligence Platform

 Intégrale MBD, the Quebec leader in business intelligence (BI) consulting and specialized intervention, introduces
its latest creation: Nicto, the brand new turnkey business intelligence
platform for medium-sized and large enterprises.

Knowledge Management: Finding Quick Wins and Long Term Value

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The African E-Gov Forurm 2007

Involved and participating in The African E-Gov Forum 2007 to be held in Accra , Ghana from 27-29 March, is organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and will be one of the key conferences in Africa this year to address the issues that e-governance stakeholders face.Timed to coincide with the celebrations of Ghana 's 50th anniversary of independence, the African E-Gov Forum 2007 will focus attention on the potential for technology to greatly improve the transparency and service delivery to the private sector and citizenry by ministries, departments and agencies (MDA's) of local and national government.

The event, which is hosted by Ghana 's Ministry of Communications, will attract top-level national, regional and international specialists from government, industry and the academic world.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More organizations shift to Web 2.0 while IT departments remain wary

How many traditional companies are quickly adopting Web 2.0 concepts on their customer-facing web services?
Are internal services utilizing these services as quickly ?
interesting article at ZDNET

Sunday, March 04, 2007

what about searching the Internet Visually =pagebull

Pagebull is your visual Internet search engine.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Banking Transactional Convergence : A case study of electronic payment systems in Ghana

Kwami Ahiabenu,II

The advent of electronic payment system has led many to predict it will become a predominate means of payment overcoming traditional means of payment as leaders in global payment system. Literature points to the fact that the electronic payment is quite ubiquitous in developed countries but in developing countries such as Ghana this phenomenon is relatively very new. In recent times most financial institutions in Ghana are striving to introduce products and solution that provide means for electronic payments. The study proposes measures that can improve the current payment system on one hand and it also assessed the prospects of introducing electronic payment system in Ghana. Using a questionnaire, the researcher interviewed key stakeholders in the financial sector and analyzed the results using descriptive statistics .The researcher describes the history and development of electronic payment system Ghana. The study found out that the electronic payment services is still not a core business of most financial institutions though attempts are being made to introduce such new electronic payment services. Current challenges and problems facing the development of electronic payment system in Ghana are also examined. Furthermore, the study noted that most financial institutions have not entered into partnership aimed at providing electronic payment services. The study argues that such partnership is very crucial for the success of electronic payment system since participating banks are better positioned to offer universal electronic payment system instead of individual banks working on their own.

To request the full paper send mail to infoelink AT gmail DOT com

Sunday, February 04, 2007

What are Communities of Practice (Networks)

Communities of practice(often abbreviated as CoP)
- Networks of people who work together in an organization and who regularly share information and knowledge
are communities of people who share the same profession, situation, or vocation and their goal to share information and knowledge is the glue that holds them together
In organizational development (OD) concept of a community of practice refers to the process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem collaborate to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations.
CoP is crucial to the success of any knowledge management strategy. As the communities of practice go through a series of stages in their evolution, they provide the platform for knowledge exchange.
1.Knowledge Management - Keys to Successful Communities of Practice (Networks)

2. Community of Practice

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What is Sematic Web ?

The Semantic Web is an evolution of the World Wide Web which facilitate the ease in finding, sharing and combination of data, information and knowledge enabled by machine processable capability rather than only human oriented processing.

It is a collaborative effort led by W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium the main international standards organisation for the World Wide Web (W3)with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries.
two core characteristics can be stated here
1. common platform for integration and combination of data from varied sources
2. language for recording how data relates to the real world

The Semantic Web is seen as an extension to the existing World Wide Web towards (better) processing of semantically marked-up content through software processes. Machine-readable data is a prerequisite to explore the increasing amount of data on the web and generate added value, by mutually sharing and processing information by automated tools as well as by people.


Speaking at African Institute of Journalism and Communications

I am speaking to the students African Institute of Journalism and Communications on Friday Feb 07 at 12:30pm on the topic : "Online Journalism - Challenges and the Future"
broadly speaking, my presentation would focus on :
1. theory of online journalism and its dynamic contest with grandfather(traditional journalism)
2. would share practical example of online journalism at work
3. conclude with the future of online journalism pointing out some of innovative opportunities while not losing sight of challenges

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Shared calendars as an example of alignment with individual incentives

this article reinforces the need to take the path of least resistance through alignment

it emphasis the urgent need to align work and knowledge management
moving away from the separation of work and KM activities to a situation where KM can take place without the need for additional effort on behalf of individuals

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

McMaster World Congress Conference 2007

The McMaster World Congress is claimed to be the world's largest congregation of Intellectual Capital, Strategic Business Valuation & Corporate Governance experts!

1. 9th World Congress on Intellectual Capital and Innovation
2. 4th World Congress on Corporate Governance
3. 1st World Congress on Strategic Business Valuation

This event will take place from January 24th-26th, 2007 at the Hamilton Convention, Ontario, Canada

Friday, January 19, 2007

learn, unlearn and relearn

Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave:
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read
and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn"

Friday, January 12, 2007


Kwami Ahiabenu,II
Found a new search experience called SNAP.
According to "snap website
Snap is an Idealab company located in Pasadena, California, home of Cal Tech, the Rose Bowl, and the Doo Dah parade. We're a small group fighting a big battle to deliver a step-function change in the search experience. Together, we have over 70 years of search experience and way more than 100 years of online marketing and e-commerce experience. We're passionate, committed and are confident enough to think we can make a difference."
So what does Snap offer?
The other way to search(TM)
Snap is saying they think Google, Yahoo, MSN and all the rest of the big search players have settled on the wrong search paradigm: text-in, text-out with slight differences in their ranking methods and index sizes.
Snap claims their new search engine offers a very different alternative to the Big Search, Text-In, Text-Out, method.
Some key features of Snap
Fast Visual Display of Results Previews
Actively Anticipating Your Intent
Direct Interactivity with Your Search Results
Better Relevance through Successful Past Searches
Faster Speed

Would be checking them out and see how they are coping the tough world of web search sorry web snaps

Towards Freedom, ccountability, Transparency and community support Search Engine

Kwami Ahiabenu,II
The internet has 55 billions webpages and growing very rapidly at the speed of light.
Web Search is hard, google is the most popular but even google does not have all pages on the web, though its index is growing
Recently, I got to know that, there is a growing competitive search market with a lot of playing aiming to capture some of this market.

Of course what about an open source search platform.

The founder of wikipedia,Jim Wales has launched aimed at developing a wiki-inspired search engine by community members.It is envisage that the end product would be a people-powered search results powered by an open-source alternative for web search. A new community is talking about this at
, very interesting discussion is going on here


I have written or read about E-commerce but this is the first time, I can across E-commerce and Poverty
Can E-commerce alleviate Poverty, this is the subject of a recent posting at where Electronic commerce (e-commerce) is defined as the use of the internet and web to transact business. More formally, digitally enabled commercial transactions between and among organizations and individuals. Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) has almost overnight become the dominant on-line activity. Equally quickly it has become a significant element in commercial activities globally, particularly in the developed countries where suitable infrastructure support is available. Some types of e-commerce were provided. The article mentioned e-commerce as one of ICT tools and it point that evidence supports that claim that ICT can reduce poverty. E-commerce especially can contribute to wealth creation. Practical examples are given about how E-commerce can reduce poverty but it points out these fruits can be enjoyed only if some enabling conditions are put in place.
It also looks at some threat of E-commerce to local economy.
The paper concludes by saying "In a short space of time, e-commerce has been a stunning technological success. Its business success though has been limited. Nonetheless, e-commerce has implications for the firm and industry value chains, industry structure and global business strategy. It also calls for a multidisciplinary approach.
Questions to do with poverty alleviation and economic growth have to be re-examined in light of these new developments. Development and poverty eradiation are stages that countries go through. The argument has been made that ICTs can help countries leap-frog some of these stages. For, example an economy needs a pool of skill people to be economic agents. Such pool is attained through an educational system design as such. Depending on the skills, it may take 10-20 years to build such pool. Today, with e-learning and its associated technologies, such skills can be attained in half the time. It has also been argued that most of the skills required in the information economy are largely self taught as the pace of change is so quick. Multimedia technology makes it easier for people to learn these skills.

While e-commerce provides the potential to eradicate poverty through income generation, it must be accompanied by a set of factors not least information literacy skills.If these factors are present and small businesses in the poor countries reengineer their processes, the future can only be brighter."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Is your Email blogable

With a lot of blogs in the cyberspace with different types of content, your email could end up on a blog
Can you prevent this? maybe Not maybe Yes
At least you can make your intentions known by adding to your signature this line
This e-mail is: [ ] blogable [ ] ask first [ ] private

you put an x in blogable is you want your email to end up on the blog
if you want people to ask your permission you go for ask first
lastly for mails you do not want to end up on blogs click on private

Monday, January 08, 2007

Managing Corporate Silos Of Knowledge

Managing organisational silos of knowledge is not one of the easiest thing to do in Knowledge Management but it must be done if you are going to be successful at knowledge management. A recent white paper by EMC Connection provides some interesting insight into Managing Corporate Silos of Knowledge at
Managing Corporate Silos of Knowledge

Instant remover from mailing list via safeunsubscribe

Kwami Ahiabenu,II
In our new digital age, you can not survive without subscribing to a email list or two but some time when you want to leave the list (unsubscribe)it may become a difficult if not impossible largely due to mailing list subscription feature not working or the mailing list owner not allowing you to go.
So for a lot of persons, a guarantee that if the want to unsubscribe they would not be confronted with problems becomes a key requirement for joining mailing lists.
Recently, I saw SafeUnsubscribe™, which is basically a guarantee to offer instant remover from the list when you want to opt out of the list. SafeUnsubscribe™ is part of an offering from
http://constantcontact, which provides email marketing services in general. And you can only use SafeUnsubscribe™ if you purchase purchase constantcontact product, they are currently offering a 60 days free trial, no credit card is required to sign up


adding dynamic news headlines to your website

Kwami Ahiabenu,II
A number of websites especially news websites offers you an opportunity to add free dynamic news headlines to your website. To enable this service, you have to go through some basic steps
First find out a website which offers webfeed
1. fill out a registration form which requires you to provide your email address, the url of website you intended to publish the feed toetc. Information about terms and conditions are also provided here and you are expected to read and accept them
2. you have to configure your dynamic news feed by going through the following steps
a. select news for your feed from the website menu of news, for example, technology news if you only want technology news headlines or combination of news such technology and Internet, for example etc
b. select and customize your news feed layout
c. after going through step a and b, HTML coed would be generated for you
d. get the HTML script by copying it
e. integrate this HTML by usually pasting this HTML to at the back end of your website or blog etc
Automatically, the news headlines would show on your website, this is dynamic so there is no need for any human interventions, the pages would be update constantly at your website

How does this work, one company among others provides the technology
to enable news website place their dynamic content on your site through the process of extraction, filtering and delivery.

see a quick list below of some websites providing free dynamic news headlines

In addition to news headlines which are text based, you can also get video feed to your website by installing a dynamic video player to your site

Bug Me Not

some sites may required you to register before reading their content, the reasons for registration are varied but you can avoid registration while at the same time reading content from these site.
To do this, you can use a service called BugMeNot
According to website, this service enable you to bypass compulsory registration

Sunday, January 07, 2007

daylife : the human- and computer-aggregated news site

With so much news and information available on the web, it's time for a new way to discover the stories that matter to you. We gather stories of all shapes and sizes from countless perspectives around the world, and then present them in a rich browseable landscape, helping you make connections you never knew existed. Our goal is is to aid your journey through the events that shape your world.