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How BloggingGhana is Leading the Growth of Social Media in Ghana

BloggingGhana meetings are always held in an atmosphere of friendship and fun. Source: BloggingGhana

 

The Internet, social media in particular, has enabled young people in Ghana and abroad to network among themselves, opening up opportunities for friendships, collaborations and initiatives. One of them is BloggingGhana (BloGH), Ghana's biggest social media network or collective.

 

BloGH first came into being sometime in 2008 through the initiative of Kajsa Hallberg Adu, who simply wanted to network with other social media types in Accra. In the spirit of those times, the first few meetings were laidback social events, more like a gathering of friends bound by a common passion of telling stories via the online platform. But as the community grew, there became the need for better organisation and more-focused programming. What emerged is a grouping of informed and empowered mostly young people ready to re-present what Ghana and Africa means to the whole world. The stories they tell are varied, often tied to their unique experiences and expertise, but at a higher level there are common linkages in the hunger for social action and progress they all share. Indeed BloGH's activities seem firmly centred on expanding the reach and frontiers of social media by developing the skills of interested individuals, and organising the emerging vibrant milieu that Ghanaian cyberspace is gradually becoming. This is done through:

  • Regular meetings that offer the platform for idea-sharing and networking
  • Capacity-building training organised through BarCamps, BloGH's own projects and consultancy services
  • Disseminating local content (essentially blogs of members) through theBloGH aggregator
  • Promoting citizen journalism in Ghana and educating the public on the benefits of social media

 

In its relatively short life, BloGH has executed, and is executing, some projects that are impacting on the new media landscape in Ghana and beyond. Among them are:

  • GhanaDecides: Campaign to increase youth involvement in the 2012 general election through social media
  • BlogCamp and Social Media Awards: Ghana's biggest social media event and award ceremony
  • InformGhana: Initiative aimed at increasing information sharing among citizens
  • Social Media Hub: Fundraising campaign to build a physical space to serve as "home" for all social media types

 

Clearly, BloggingGhana is contributing its bit to empower Ghana's youth, and thus to national development. This has been achieved through the support of various partners over the years. BloGH's remarkable success is testament of what can be achieved when the youth get together. We must not always wait for our leaders to create opportunities and lead change. This is an important reminder as Ghana turns 57 and still a long shot from the founding fathers' dreams. Forward ever!

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