This utilization of internet technology in Africa further pushes the “backwards Africa” myth away from reality. Twitter and other social networks are used as legitimate forms of spreading information and culture on the continent, just like with any other part of the world. In fact, mobile technology (which could be argued to be the backbone of social networking) has surged in Africa significantly. The strong presence of mobile technology paints a very interesting image of modern Africa. Not only do people own smartphones, they own multiple. Not only do they have profiles on social networks, Africans update them constantly. African meme culture and Twitter hashtags are as vibrant as any other part of the globe.
The conversion to digital tech has not fully completed, since there is still an unfortunately large portion of the continent that cannot get access to stable electricity, let alone an internet connection. With the younger generation dominating population in Sub-Saharan Africa though, we see the influence of social media on politics and events more than even in America. Africa is becoming a continent crammed with the digital voices of the millenial generation, making sure that their new culture is seen by the world.