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Nafisa Akabor

Tech journalist

Nafisa Akabor is a technology journalist and blogger. For more than nine years she has been an influential voice in consumer and business technology across print and online. Nafisa started off in the travel and tourism sector in 2002, and moved onto a travel website where she taught herself html, in the online publishing space. She used to write about technology in her spare time for before being nominated for the Telkom ICT Award. Nafisa has been writing about consumer and business technology professionally since 2007. She spent five and a half years at ITWeb where she contributed to the website, Brainstorm magazine, as well as the now non-existent Digital Life brand. Nafisa was the editor of the first website in South Africa to pay people to blog, and secured Rhodes University’s New Media final year students to publish their course-work on the platform. Her tasks involved writing news, reviewing gadgets, providing online assistance to bloggers, compiling a weekly newsletter, attending events related to tech, video and image editing, and managing freelance contributors.

After almost six years at ITWeb, she began freelance writing for major publications like TechCentral, Destiny, Sawubona, Forbes Woman Africa, Quartz, Marie Claire, Huffington Post SA, and corporate blogs like Nashua, Microsoft, Nokia, Vodacom, Telkom, etc. Nafisa has covered hard news, in-depth features, reviewed consumer gadgets, smartphones, apps, focused on start-ups, car technology, etc. A decade later, and she’s written for top publications like TechCentral, ITWeb, Brainstorm, Digital Life, Forbes Woman Africa, Quartz, corporate blogging, and running a tech blog Wired to the Web on Over the last few years she’s been writing about technology in cars, and contributes for, and blogs about motoring tech she’s tested. She occasionally appears on tech podcasts, and SAFM radio discussing apps. She also blogs on Wired to the Web covering tech and motoring.