University of the Witwatersrand

Bob Wekesa is a Ph.D. candidate in International Communications at Communication University of China and a Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand University in South Africa. He sits on the steering committee of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network. He is a founding research coordinator at the African Communication Research Centre at Communication University of China. Wekesa graduated with a Bachelors of Education degree in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and an M.A. in International Communications from Communication University of China (with distinction). He was a Commonwealth Press Union fellow in the UK in 2002. His journalism experience spans reporting, editing, and leadership across multiple media platforms. In addition to numerous articles, Wekesa is the author of two books and his third, on China and Africa, is forthcoming.

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

CCTV Africa: The Frontline of Soft-Power Diplomacy

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Since its launch in 2012, CCTV Africa has grown considerably in its distribution and programming. However, the central question remains as to whether or not anyone is actually watching, to justify the massive investment undertaken by the Chinese...