Africland is a social networking site aimed towards people of African descent all over the world.
Admin and founder, Lorenzo Were, from East Africa, Kenya states on the “About” page that: “The Idea of this site is something I thought about over a year…We hope you find this a home to share freely with friends and family.”
Were has his undergrad degree in Electrical Engineering and currently seeks his master’s in California. However, his other aspirations also shows through his vision with Africland.
Africland has definitely started on a good foot and is growing each day. I had the privilege to conduct an interview via email with Were to learn more about this innovative networking site:
Q: What was your inspiration for creating Africland?
A: My inspiration is to create a common mouth peace and social site for people of African descent to congregate and share ideas, network, build relationship and economical ties for prosperity for all of us both in the continent and diaspora.
Q: Since Africland is specifically created for those of African descent, how do you feel if someone from another ethnicity/nationality wanted to join the site?
A: Well African descendants are all over the globe, from India, to Philippines, from Chile to Chicago, from Madagascar to Seychelles, from UK to Colombia; some may not even appear African (black) but they are rooted in their cultural ties and heritage in the motherland. This is what counts. We are stronger in numbers, we can’t isolate who is more African than the other. So technically we have no control on who can join the site. My view of an African may vary deeply with some African Americans view of who is African. I grew up in East Africa with Africans who are not black, why I see them as Africans, others may not. So I am very measured when trying to say who can join and who can not. But it’s very clear on the front page of our site, who the site is intended for.
Q: How is/will Africland be better than other social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook?
A: Well, Twitter and Facebook are general sites based or developed for marketing strategies, Africland is like building a web based village for all our people to learn about each other, create understanding, keep a watchful eye on each other. This way if some African descendants are being mistreated in Brazil, we can all stand up and say in a unison , NO!
Q: Do you think that more social networking sites should be aimed towards specific race/cultures/ethnicities?
A: I believe all social sites are going to be targeted towards particular interest groups; China has their own, Russia, Spain, Sweden…pretty much most Europeans have their sites that cater to their demography and interest of their own people. iI’s us Africans who are always willing to consume rather than create our own, and when one of us does, the rest look at him as if he/she’s crazy.
Q: How do you think Africland can be an impact to the African and Black community?
A: It can enhance both political, cultural, economical and academia ties, that’s how the Jews community are successful. It doesn’t matter if you were not born in Israel and your ancestors left during the roman empire two thousand years ago, you are a Jew with homeland Israel at heart before any other place, and you fight and lobby to keep it prosperous, united world wide. That’s the goal, and what Africland can set us towards.
Q: What do you want members to learn by joining the site?
A: I can only offer the platform, it’s up to all of us to figure out what they want to learn, or take from it.
Q: In what other ways will you be expanding Africland and what it can be used for? For example: To find jobs, schools, lost relatives??
A: Yes, we plan to expand, and promote entrepreneurialism and cultural identity and consolidation of our purchasing power to businesses run by our people.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with this social networking site?
A: Bringing people much closer together, let people share Ideas, let African descendants in the west communicate with those in the continent on possibilities and opportunities available for investors, land purchases etc.
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