Ghana mourns President online
GOVERNMENT| July 25, 2012, 10:26 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The use of social media in Ghana shot to a peak yesterday, following the unexpected death of the President of Ghana, Prof John Evans Atta Mills.
The President died yesterday afternoon, after taking ill late on Monday.
Many Ghanaians, both home and abroad, who could not come to terms with the news of the President’s death, took to facebook, Twitter and blogs to authenticate the news and mourn his death.
Even before an official confirmation of the President death could reach them, some high ranking officials within the corridors of government confirmed to BiztechAfrica that they had heard the sad news through text messages or facebook posts.
Within hours, thousands of facebook and Twitter messages of condolence were streaming in.
Popular radio stations in Ghana including Joy 99.7Fm, Vibe 91.9 Fm, Citi 93.7Fm and Peace 104.3 Fm recorded hundreds of facebook likes on the various stories they posted on their respective websites and Twitter feeds.
The Ghanaian blogger was not left out in the quest for accurate information by the public. Most of their blogs that carried the story of the President’s death saw sharp rises in the number of comments left by readers on their blog. According to one blogger, he was surprised at the massive rise in reader comments on his blog.
At 16:00 GMT, major mobile network providers, including MTN, Vodafone and Tigo, saw massive surges in traffic as the news spread, making it difficult even to make or receive calls without interruption. The situation stabilized at about 20:48 GMT, when the Vice President H.E. John Dramani Mahama was officially sworn in as the President of the Republic of Ghana by Parliament.
At the Kaneshie Market Complex, normally a scene of brisk business activities, many Ghanaians, especially the market women, were left devastated this morning. Many were seen weeping with their mobile phones to their ears this morning, either receiving calls about the President’s death or monitoring one of the radio stations.
Many internet cafés Biztechafrica visited in suburbs like Kaneshie, Odorkor, Darkuman and Mataheko, all within the capital, Accra, crowds of customers were surfing the internet this morning, to read more about the sudden death of one of Ghana’s most respected and revered Presidents.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
ComTech minister: Appropriate legislation critical to telecom sector growthNigeria’s Communications Technology Minister Adebayo Shittu, has said appropriate laws will be made to guarantee the consolidation of the gains of the telecoms industry. Read More
Water utilities to introduce USSD serviceBotswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) will soon officially launch a service using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), for its customers throughout the country. Read More
Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in NigeriaScatec Solar has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian renewable energy development company focused on Africa, and BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm, securing the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Jigawa State, Nigeria. Read More
Tackling cybercrime requires new skills, says ministerNigeria's ComTech Minister, Adebayo Shittu, says new skills are needed to address the global threat of cybercrime. Read More
Unsolicited SMS: We’ve given subscribers choice, says NCCNigeria’s telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has given subscribers the power to choose between receiving unsolicited messages or not through the enforcement of the DND code on the telcos. Read More
NITDA seeks NCC collaboration for 50% GDP growthThe acting Director-General of Nigeria’s NITDA is seeking the collaboration of the NCC to develop the country’s ICT industry to enable it to contribute about 50 per cent to the nation’s GDP. Read More
Amosun, Danbatta settle disputes over 47 BTS shut in OgunThe outstanding issues which have kept 47 base transmission stations (BTS) under lock and key in Ogun State have been successfully resolved by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta. Read More
ComTech Minister: NITDA recruitment fraudulentNigeria’s Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has described the last recruitment exercise at the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) fraudulent as it did not follow due process. Read More
Buhari advised on national addressing systemNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to establish a national addressing system in the country to check the crime rate in the country. Read More
FEATURED STORYFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat
Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAccess and Use of ICT stats released
Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.
COMPANY NEWSTigo explores options to give customers a greater choice for 4G services in Ghana
Following her recent visit to Ghana, Cynthia Gordon, the CEO of Millicom Africa, has emphasized the remarkable growth opportunities in data and Tigo’s commitment to giving customers ...