On the streets of Chimoio one hears tales about Afonso Dhlakama being a ‘leader, hero and fighter’.
Dhlakama is the leader of Renamo, the former rebel movement set up by the Central Intelligence Organisation, the then Rhodesia’s intelligence agency.
I soon discovered, as most do, that it can only speed up the rate and increase the number of encounters with other single people, where each encounter is still a chance encounter.
With 20% of Africa’s 1.1 billion-strong population now online, and 70% of internet users using mobile phones, the impact of applications is set to reverberate across social, political and economic spaces.
The uptake of apps across the continent has been surprisingly high, in Kenya 99% of internet access is from a mobile device, 61% of views on BBC’s mobile site are from Nigeria and in South Africa 84% of mobile users have downloaded a mobile app.
A year later, in what was to become a civil war, Frelimo faced opposition from the anti-communist rebel movement Resistência Renamo, or the Mozambican National Resistance, as it was known in the English-speaking world.
The civil war came to an end in the early 1990s, following the collapse of the apartheid regime in South Africa, the insurgency’s main backers.