Speaker Spotlight- Gloria Mangi

Gloria Mangi

 Session Title & Description: Progressive Pan Africanism

Description:I want to share on Pan Africanism its history and where we stand today and what it can mean for our future.


Gloria MANGI, a 2012 Milead Fellow, is what many would call a citizen of the world. Having grown up in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, and California, she came back to her home country Tanzania with a fire and passion to make a difference especially in the world of media. Having studied communications and intercultural studies at Fresno Pacific University, Gloria has done everything from acting, TV, radio, writing, event planning and reporting, and much more. She believes that through positive and quality media, we can influence the direction of a nation. In 2010 she produced and directed a successful TV talk show that dealt with social issues in Tanzania and revolutionized the Tanzanian mainstream media. She is a part of a network known as the Smart 29ers who are currently working with the Tanzanian government to arrange a national dialogue and an international dialogue in the coming year to discuss issues hindering the development of our nation. She is also a member of the Tanzanian branch of Africa 2.0 network which is a “Pan-African civil society organization that consists of over 300 young and emerging leaders from Africa and the Diaspora who share a collective vision for Africa and a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent

Q:Tell us more about how you became interested in WordPress, what about it drives your continued interest?
I became interested in WordPress when I wanted to start a blog. So I researched on the different  platforms and though locally wordpress was not a popular platform to use in relation to blogging, it seemed that it ranked high internationally. Once I started using it, I haven’t looked back since. One of the things I really enjoy about wordpress is being able to use different templates and backgrounds and customizing it to what best represents me or what I am trying to portray.

Q:Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Kenya?
Aside from the fact of being a wordpress user and hearing about WordCamp Kenya for a little while now, I think what set apart this one for me was the fact that it is happening before the national elections take place and the theme is centers around that. I feel it is my responsibility as both a blogger and a journalist to be a part of this in whatever capacity that plays out.

Q:What is your talk going to be about?

I want to talk about the rise of Pan Africanism through the eyes of a blogger.

Q:What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
I want people to capture what the true essence of pan africanism is and the ideologies behind it.

Q:What is your favourite WordPress theme and/or plugin, and why?
My favorite wordpress theme is Modularity Lite because I like how I can have a slideshow of selected pictures and the way I can customize the header on top with any image I want.

Q:Can you share one WP tip with us?
For any blog post that you do, make sure you put tags relevant to whatever you posted about to make it easier to find when someone searches for those terms in a search engine.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Kenya 2012?

I think I am looking forward to the networking as well as the other talks and learning from other wordpress users

Q:Is WordPress an effective platform for getting your message across?
I believe it is.

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