On Monday his package was about the use of mobile phones in Kenya - where amazingly 1 in 3 of the adult population owns one. It's not just the people in the cities, though, where the mobile has changes the way people live.
- It was pleasing to see a farmer in Machakos using WAP to get the best price for his crop.
- It was inspirational to see the people in the slum town of Kibera using mobiles to flash mob illegal evictions, preventing bulldozers from knocking down shanty homes.
- It was amusing to see a Maasai woman in the Rift Valley pull a mobile phone out from under her traditional robes and talk about her husband discovering the incoming calls list on her phone, causing marital strife!
The mobile phone is empowering people we a few years ago could not have imagined having a use for a such a device. June Arunga, a neo-liberal Kenyan academic and writer sums it up, "it allows you to own yourself".