Social media has become a powerful tool for advocacy and activism. In recent years, social media has been used to create awareness and draw attention to issues that are of immense concern.
In 2020, a number of protests were carried out online with the help of hashtags to speak against issues including the death of George Floyd (#BlackLivesMatter, #JusticeForFloyd) and the irresponsible acts of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria (#EndSARS).
The newest hashtag that has taken over the social media space in Ghana and gradually gaining global attention is the #FixTheCountry hashtag. This hashtag is being used by Ghanaians to protest and get the government and other politicians to implement and undertake policies that will benefit the populace. Simply put, the hashtag is a reflection of the anger of Ghanaians on how the country is being run by politicians and, therefore, calling on them to do better.
With that said, we have identified some Ghanaians on social media who are not just participating in the #FixTheCountry protest but have always spoken up on issues affecting the citizenry. These Ghanaians before now have actively used social media, especially Twitter, to advocate on many trending issues.
Here are five Ghanaians who actively use social media for advocacy:
Mac-Jordan Degadjor (@MacJordaN)
Mac-Jordan Degadjor is a technology, digital innovations and digital marketing professional. He shares insights and stories on African tech-entrepreneurs, digital innovations, and startups from sub-Saharan Africa and emerging markets. He also consults for clients and organizations worldwide on social media and mobile (web, marketing & apps) strategies, creative design, business application development, enterprise technology integration and digital marketing.
Nana Ama Agyemang Asante (@JustNanaAma)
Nana Ama Agyemang Asante is a Ghanaian journalist, editor and writer. She previously worked with Citi FM as an editor of the station’s website and was also a co-host of “Citi Breakfast Show”. In 2017, she was awarded a “Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship” by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which allowed her to spend several months in Washington DC, USA to compile a report on the possibilities of the media to louden Ghanaian women’s voices in the public sphere.
Kuukuwa Manful (@Kuukuwa_)
Kuukuwa Manful is a Ghanaian architect and writer with interests in African architectural history and social architecture. She is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies of SOAS, University of London. She holds Masters degrees in African Studies and Architecture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and the University of Oxford, UK.
Nana Kofi Quakyi (@nkquakyi)
Nana Kofi Quakyi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at New York University’s School of Global Public Health, where he is also a Doctoral Candidate. He is a health economist and policy analyst specializing in healthcare systems and health services research with a particular focus on financing and provider payment mechanisms.
Bridget Otoo (@Bridget_Otoo)
Bridget Otoo is a Ghanaian freelance journalist, media personality and public relations officer. She previously worked as a broadcaster and news anchor with TV3 Network Limited.
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