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TGIF: Ujiko Tujipe Wenyewe: JamiiForums Yapepea!!

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, May 27, 2011.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    When people say that in East Africa we still don't have bloggers who make an impact, they are living in some hole. Blogging and citizen journalism in the region is making great headways. We have bloggers and community journalists who are forcing governments to rethink their every move. While in Kenya community forums are divided in party and ethnic affiliations and mostly you will find major part of communications in vernacular, in Tanzania they are united in purpose.
    Jamii Forums is a community forum. Started in 2006 by Mike Mushi and Maxence Melo, the community forum has seen all. The two have had run-ins with the police as many times as you can imagine. It is the pressure from the likes of International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), Committee to Protect Journalists, Protect Online and international press which has made a point to highlight the impact of the forum. Maxence and Mike have been forced to change houses, phone numbers and hide background details just to blind the state agents trailing them wherever they go.


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    Maxence Melo, Founder Jamii Forums, in his Office

    Before being named Jamiiforums in 2008, it was called Jamboforums. State agents decided to buy and copyright the name "Jambo" and the owners were approached with notice off suit and cease and desists orders requiring them to stop using the name Jambo. The forum was known as JF and so Maxence looked for a name which will still rhyme as JF. That is how Jamii Forums was born. Maxence is a trained Civil Engineer with more than 8 years supervising constructions all over Tanzania. He worked with CSI Constructions Ltd in Tanzania upto 2010 when he resigned to run the forum full time.

    Jamiiforums has caused lots of sleepless nights. Some of the discussions and leaks which the forum has lead in are like Richmond Scandal where someone who just ran cyber cafes but had right connections with the Prime Minister then, Edward Lowassa, was illegally awarded tenders to supply power backup generators to Tanesco (KPLC equivalent). The PCCB and parliamentary committees relied on documents uploaded by forumnites on JamiiForums and the Prime Minister was forced to resign. There is where the life of Maxence and Mike became so dangerous that they really thought that it was the end for them. Other instances where the forum stood out was in the 2010 elections where Uchaguzi 2010 was a trending topic and in the discussions of Barrick Goldmine scandal and BOT scandal.

    Just in April 2011, Pius Msekwa made various allegations against Jamii Forums accusing it of being sponsored by the opposition party CHADEMA among other accusations. After the resignation of Prime Minister Lowassa in 2008, Energy Minister Nazir Karamagi and Minister for East African Cooperation Ibrahim Msabaha were also forced to resign because of the allegations and President Kiwete had to dissolve the cabinet. Some of the political, social and business leaders who blog on the forum are Zitto Kabwe, Slaa Wilibrod, John Mnyika, Mo Dewji, Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, Hussein Bashe, Freeman A. Mbowe, Nape Nnauye, Salva Rweyemamu and Regia Mtema

    Jukwaa la Siasa is the most popular sub forum on the community website. The traffic to the website has exploded in the last six months. The forum has now daily page views of over 158,000 with more than 43,000 visits. It is the most visited Tanzanian website according to Quancast and is the sixth most visited website in Tanzania according to Alexa. The snapshot below will show you deep statistics about the website. Over 48 Million page views in a single month, average of 16 minutes spent on the site, over 1.2 Million unique visitors and 26% new visits. The forum has over 105,422 topics or threads, 2 million posts and around 39,000 members contributing since inception. Airtel now pays $2,000 for a banner on the website while Murphy Motors Japan pays $1,500.


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    Jambo Forums and now Jamii Forums was never started with a business mind. It has relied on donations from patriotic Tanzanians in the diaspora and within Tanzania to keep afloat. The forum has problems with local Media with even media moguls declaring that Jamii Forum is an enemy of Tanzania. Tanzanian media which is still very much controlled by the ruling elite has given them a blackout even when they have been persecuted. The forum is now run under Jamii Media Inc stable and they have opened a news website, Fikra Pevu, which translated to immature idea. The forum is run from home and boasts of a full home office studio. The forum traffic has forced the owners to run it from dedicated co-located servers in USA. In the run-up to the 2010 general elections in Tanzania, the local media was forced to listen to opinions of the owners of Jamii Forums as opinion leaders.​

    Already Jamii Media has already purchased JamiiForums Kenya and will soon be launching a Kenyan version. Jamii Forums for Rwanda, Uganda and DRC are also in the pipeline.​

    Tanzanians might not have embraced Facebook, Twitter and other usual social media websites but they are very much alive discussing issues through Jamiiforums and others. President Kikwete has had his fair share of trouble with bloggers and even one time ordering the arrest of the bloggers who was running Ze Utamu. The blog published materials which portrayed the president in a bad light. Other popular blogs like Issa Michuzi, Mwanakijiji and others have made a great impact in Tanzania.


    KUTOKA: TECHMTAA.COM - http://www.techmtaa.com/2011/05/26/the-tanzanian-online-community-forum-giving-the-government-sleepless-nights/

    My Take:
    We havent reached our full potential yet. I know if we continue to strive for excellence we can be all that "we can be" and "more"!.. Let us invite more people to join this incredible experience that is JamiiForums. Can we reach 50,000 members by the end of June by inviting and recruiting more people especially in remote areas of the country?


    I'll do my part if you do yours, just like Max did his.
     
  2. The Finest

    The Finest JF-Expert Member

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    Well Well, job well done
     
  3. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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  4. Nyani Ngabu

    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Ok I'll do my part by signing up with different names. I have about 50 so far.
     
  5. J

    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Yep, we are united in purpose! I like that.
     
  6. Saint Ivuga

    Saint Ivuga JF-Expert Member

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    congrats guys, congrats Max
     
  7. Saint Ivuga

    Saint Ivuga JF-Expert Member

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    miafrika........
     
  8. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    why didn't I think of that.. well.. you will still be doing your part ila waliposema "zaeni mkaongezeke" haikusemwa uzae peke yako... maana itakuwa kama yule jamaa mwenye watoto 200 ambaye alidai anatimiza agizo la Mungu la kuzaa na kuijaza nchi. LOL
     
  9. X-PASTER

    X-PASTER Moderator

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    Ongeleni sana, ila mkuu, mwenyewe Max amekuruhusu kutumia taswira yake?
     
  10. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    Eebana eeh! kumbe kijamaa kifupi namna hiyo...... lol
     
  11. mwana wa mtu

    mwana wa mtu JF-Expert Member

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    Keep on moving!tutafika tu!
     
  12. Masanilo

    Masanilo JF-Expert Member

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    Hapo amekaa! Akisimama ni Peter Crouch....
     
  13. X-PASTER

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    Steve D ndio mambo gani tena hayo...!? Hata kama ndivyo alivyo lakini uoni kaanzisha kitu chenye urefu na mapana yasio mithirika?

    Ah ah ah, ndio maana na wewe baada ya kuona jina lako Steve D ni fupi ukaongeza dabo i, sio?
     
  14. jmushi1

    jmushi1 JF-Expert Member

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    Mengi kumbe naye mnafiki tu,inawezekana wananchi wameshtukia.Sasa naamini kuwa inawezekana kelele zake hazikuwa kwa maslahi ya Taifa bali biashara zake.Jamii Forum ni adui wa biashara zake na si Taifa.Ama biashara zake ni za Taifa?Ameniudhi huyu mzee.
     
  15. jmushi1

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    Nimeshaona Max anatumia taswira yake as his avatar.And so therefore it is one of those unnecessary questions,ni wazi haujishughulishi kufikiri.
     
  16. Mtazamaji

    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    Si mchezo hii JF ni taasisis kubwa sana. But Owners wawe makini the more they get bigger the more are vulnerable na the more wanakuwa target na the more wanakuwa Threat kwa wanajiona wenye nchi. Na wanaweza kukuta hata wenyewe wamenunuliwa bila kujijua.

    BTN thamani ya jf ni
    $271,939 kwa mujibu wa How much is jamiiforums.com worth? jamiiforums.com is worth 271,939. na
    $147,925.00 kwa mujibu wa Web Worth | Website Value Calculator | jamiiforums.com Website Value

    Sasa sijui Jf wenyewe wanajithaminishaje ? Nitafuraji kujua
     
  17. X-PASTER

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    Eh! yamekuwa hayo...! Ah ah ah, sababu zingine bana... Haya kaka.
     
  18. jouneGwalu

    jouneGwalu JF-Expert Member

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    Nawakubali sana wajumbe wote wa JF.
    Thanks Mwanakijiji kwa tamthimini hii.
    Pongezi nyingi sana, pia members wanaoleta issues!
     
  19. jmushi1

    jmushi1 JF-Expert Member

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    Ni kukumbushana tu,sometimes si mbaya kujishughulisha na kufind out.Ama "kufikiri zaidi kidogo"
    Just alittle bit more,utasolve matatizo mengi sana.Trust me.
     
  20. Paw

    Paw Moderator Staff Member

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    Bado tunapanda milima...
    JF is more than a family to me.
    With JF, you will never walk alone.

    Thanx kwa kutuunga mkono.
    More to come.......
     

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