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RNW Africa becomes Waza: the FAQs
4 November 2014
On 4 November, the website RNW Africa has become the Waza web platform. Twelve questions that will help you understand the change.
1. Why is RNW Africa/RNW Afrique becoming Waza?
The RNW Africa/Afrique websites have been producing high-quality content for years. However, the way this content was delivered needed improving, namely the accessibility and clarity of the website. Moreover, the new Waza website is targeted at a young demographic (15-30 years) and will require changes in design and functionability to cater for this new audience’s needs. Finally, the Waza website aims to improve audience interaction and engagement.
2. Why is Waza better?
The website has an attractive, yet simple design for three types of devices: desktops (with higher resolution), tablets, and smartphones. The website will offer quick navigation in an attractive design which allows easy access to multiple topics and channels. The website will become the element that dynamically connects the different productions, maximizing on innovative and engaging content.
3. What does the name Waza mean/come from?
Waza means THINK in Swahili.
4. What is Waza?
Waza is a web platform that offers a space where young people from the African continent can express themselves easily and freely. Waza, together with its partners, provides content designed to encourage public debate in African society. Waza will stimulate conversations to create a varied, independent and innovative vision of day-to-day life on the African continent.
5. Which topics are written about and discussed on Waza?
Waza will focus on human rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech; the right to a free press; the right to work; the right to a sustainable environment; the right to a non-corrupt society; the right to be protected from discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation and the right to democracy. Waza is a response to a new generation’s demand to challenge political, cultural and sexual taboos.
6. What is the relationship between RNW and Waza?
The Waza platform is part of the RNW family. The content of the website consists of articles, audio, videos, blogs, pictures, infographics and ThingLinks, which are produced by RNW Africa and RNW Afrique’s editorial boards, together with their partners, bloggers and freelancers in Africa.
7. Will I still find my favourite programmes, like My Song, on Waza?
Waza’s content will be based mainly on the existing content of RNW Africa and RNW Afrique. Many of the RNW programmes and formats you are familiar with will continue on Waza, such as My Song, What’s Up Africa and Cartoon of the Week.
8. How will the Waza rebranding influence the website’s content?
In the beginning, the content of the website will be very similar to the content of RNW Africa/RNW Afrique. In time, the content will likely move towards more visual-based content and fewer articles. Any change in content will be guided by users’ feedback and input.
9. Is the content on Waza Africa and Waza Afrique the same, but just translated to another language?
No, it is not. We focus on different countries and sometimes translate content that might be of interest to people in other parts of Africa.
10. Will Waza Africa/Afrique replace RNW Africa/Afrique on social media?
Yes, which means the Facebook pages will be renamed Waza Africa and Waza Afrique. The Twitter handles will also change. The new handles will be announced shortly.
11. How do I keep informed?
Waza’s web address will be wazaonline.com, so the easiest way is to add a bookmark in your browser. If you are already a follower of RNW Africa and RNW Afrique on Facebook, you do not need to make any changes. The only differences you will notice are changes to our colour scheme and a new logo. If you are already a follower of RNW Africa and RNW Afrique on Twitter, you do not need to make any changes. The only differences you will notice are changes to our colour scheme and a new logo.
12. I have a problem, question or suggestion, who do I contact and how?
On Facebook, please make a comment or send us a direct message.
On Twitter – tweet us!
There is also a contact form available on the wazaonline.com website, please send us your questions and suggestions using this form and we will get back to you within a few days.