The Official Google Africa Blog had an interesting post today about mapping Kogelo.
Some people at Google's office in Nairobi thought it would be great to literally and physically put Kogelo on the map, given the recent historic developments of a son of Kenya becoming the first President of the World.
In Kogelo, the Googlers were greeted by a big sign board of 'Senator Barack Obama Secondary School'. The challenge lying ahead was not apparent until they got to the Chief's Office. The letter expressing their intentions had to be translated to the local language before they could proceed. It contained various words such as 'Internet', other Google jargon, and other words requiring explanation. The Chief was finally convinced and gave a nod permitting them to capture GPS coordinates, photos and videos of the schools, dispensary, administrative offices, shops and open air market places.
They then did some technical magic, and as a result the first maps of Kogelo can now be found online. What about you, can your ancestral home already be found on Google Maps? I tried it out, and I was able to trace my roots.
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