Bongalove.com is an online forum dedicated to helping the youth ask questions they wouldn’t ask their religious leaders or parents, especially on sexuality.
The forum developed by a group of youth who asked for anonymity is set to launch in East Africa February 2013 but already has a following on the continent. Similar to Quora or Yahoo Answers or Stackoverflow allows one to ask or answer a question without need to fill in their emails or phone numbers but with just a nickname. The users ask questions online just like they call in radio stations for love advise.
BongaLove.com; Anything Goes
TechMoran caught up with Camilla Jussab, Malawi’s rep of Bongalove.com and here is her story.
“Bongalove to me is a fun webpage where I share my knowledge about life with other people.
Its fun and educational,its worldwide, and it can be used as a way to learn about other cultures. Since the coming of technology, younger people prefer the internet than reading books and learning about other countries cultural practices. But by interacting with different people from different backgrounds and countries, you can learn a lot.
You use an alias or a nickname to post or answer any question so people will not recognize you. That is how it works.
No Limit On Questions
It’s very different from the other platforms used to ask questions.You can ask any type of question, any topic. There is no limit to how many questions you can ask unlike other platforms like the radio shows where you are only given a chance to ask one question.
And it is not only for the youth, even older people can use it. Share your life’s experiences with the younger generation and help solve some of the problems the youth are facing by answering their questions.
Personally, Bongalove.com has helped me solve a lot of problems. I’m a shy person, but this webpage has given me the nerve to ask questions without revealing my identity. That is another added advantage of this webpage. It is motivating young, shy people like me to ask and learn more from other peoples knowledge about relationships, sex, life in general.
I would love if we had to be notified every time one comments on our posts. And maybe an app for smarts phones. Just like facebook for blackberry, twitter for blackberry.
Well, Malawians are loving the page. I’m planning on introducing it colleges as soon as the semester begins. And I’m also planning on growing it here in Malawi. I want Malawians to know about this exciting website.”