Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 21:59:36
On The Stream we interviewed Mathatha Tsedu of the Media24 Journalism Academy.
Although social media has proven to be an instrumental tool for uprisings elsewhere in the world, it may not be a game-changer for African nations, according to veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu, who spoke at a meeting of African journalists in Johannesburg last week.
This year alone, the African continent has seen major uprisings and protests against leadership in Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda, Gabon, Cameroon and more.
The April arrest of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo had many believing other African leaders would be next.
And last January, a peaceful referendum vote for the secession of Southern Sudan gave hope that change could happen in Africa without violence.
But could lack of international media coverage be one of the reasons for African revolutions to fail? Does a revolt need to be televised for it to succeed, and can African social media networks fill the void?
In Gabon, many are still calling for the ouster of President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba. In a photo from February 2, a banner reads: "In Tunisia, Ben Ali left. In Gabon, Ali Ben out."
The protests in Gabon seemed to have little effect on the U.S. relationship with the Central African nation. A photo from Gabonese President Bongo Ondimba's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month:
And last week in Senegal, protesters pressured President Abdoulaye Wade to give up constitutional changes that would have made it easier for him to be re-elected.
One of the Twitter hashtags used in Senegal now is #touchepasmaconstiution, or "don't touch my constitution."
Local coverage of the protests from Senegalese television channel TFM:
Videos uploaded to YouTube allegedly showing the June 23 crackdown in Dakar:
More protest coverage from Al Jazeera:
Online, Senegalese youth for months have been saying, "enough is enough."
Monday: What future do you see for a South Africa without Nelson Mandela?
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