My 2011 Facebook year was a bright one…
Thanks to Mauritian Facebookers for making my year !
We have been almost 300,000 Mauritians to connect regularly as Facebookers. With enhanced Social Media Growth (+7.44%) and penetration (+23.09%), we are top of the hill, 2nd in Africa behind Tunisia. In fact, we stand proudly in the global streamline at a reasonable 97th position on 213, regarding population penetration.
First, my 2011 Social Media Awards
Poor Nita… That’s Bad… Really Bad…
Nita Deerpalsing, Communication Executive of the Mauritian Labour Party went real berserk last week, when she tried to use her MP and Labour Executive prerogatives to intimidate some Police actions on a main road in Quatre Bornes.
Well, Lady ! That’s Bad… Really Bad…
Take a guy in his mid 20s, off fresh from the local University, dress him like his contemporaries (jeans, fanciful Tshirts and Branded sneakers), get him an Engineering degree, a red urban car, a mouth no-one would dare challenge and you have one Havish Gokool, prominent Azir Moris figure and a regular Facebooker.
Described like this, the guy may seem like just an ordinary Mauritian Desi boy, with an average life and a traced future in some private company. We can imagine him married, a dad, living a laid-back styled respectful life in a cosy home until late elderness takes the toll out of him. But that won’t be the Havish I know, that one who chose the hard way to learn life as a fully fledged, bred and born Mauritian. Continue reading
Then Came The Political Awakening
Through 2010, I started to reflect on ways to respond to a long going chain of ill-doings and scandals by the people mandated by the Mauritian nation as a whole, to run the country’s everyday affairs and to protect the most vulnerable of our society. Institutionalized corruption, incompetence and bad governance, all linked to religious and communal nepotism, have been distorting the Mauritians‘ people view of normal life. This has lead to greater egoistic approaches to social problems which in turn left the poorer part of the population deprived of the most basic attention.
I then started to voice out through Facebook pages but realized that it would be a lonely Don Quixote-like battle. I needed to find a natural born leader to intensify the fight. This moment came in 2011.
Late August 2011, a simple call from controversial Mauritian social activist and photographer Jameel Peerally got a new movement going via Facebook. The WANTED 15000 youngsters to save our future initiative was born and with it, the hope to make things move and advance. I joined the movement, on the basis of my 15-yr old friendship with Jameel Peerally, with the will to help out with my experience of Social Media Strategy and Management. From thereon, my will to fight all sorts of injustice in Mauritius did nothing but grow exponentially and proportionally as I discovered more and more of my fellow contrymen’s hardship.
I am proud today to expose my intimate political conscience.