GOOGLE: NOTHING FOR EASTER, SOMETHING FOR ESTHER – This was the Google front page over Easter:


This is the Google front page a day after Easter:


I have absolutely nothing againstĀ Esther Afua Ocloo (whose birthday is today), a Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of microlending. In fact, as a female capitalist in Africa, she should be celebrated. But it jars that Google, which changes its logo to mark any number of often obscure birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations throughout any given year, can’t be bothered to recognise a major holiday, celebrated by over a quarter of the world’s population and enjoyed by many more in a secular way. Not asking for the crucifixion or the empty tomb, but when one of the world’s biggest companies stays away from innocuous chocolate, eggs and bunnies, we have a problem.