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
Lawmakers urge review of CBN’s cashless policyNigerian lawmakers are rooting for the review of the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which they described as constraining Nigerian’s ability to spend money for businesses and personal transactions. Read More
Guinea turns to Gemalto to modernise its national voter registerGemalto has managed a comprehensive modernisation of Guinea’s voter register on behalf of CENI, the National Independent Electoral Commission. Read More
NIMC apologises for service disruptions at enrolment centresThe management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has apologisd to Nigerians who are currently facing challenges enrolling on its platform. Read More
ComTech minister: Buhari will decide on MTN fineNigeria’s new Minister of Communications Technology, Barr Adebayo Shittu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon take a decision on the payment of the N1.4trillion ($5.2billion) fine imposed on MTN by the NCC. Read More
New NIMC CEO namedNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, as the new Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Read More
GSM service providers risk fresh regulatory sanctionsThe NCC is set to sanction the three of the four GSM service providers for failing to comply with its directive on auto-renewal of subscribers’ data bundles. Read More
Mobile Compact Lab presented to BotswanaThe Global Pharma Health Fund, a charitable initiative funded by Merck, a leading science and technology company, has donated a mobile compact laboratory to the Health Ministry in the capital city of Gaborone to help detect counterfeit medicines. Read More
KRA sweeps marketing excellence awards for the authority’s iTax solutionThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has added yet another feather on its cap, after winning a Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) award. Read More
NCA sets new timetable for digital dividend auctionGhana’s telecoms regulator has revised its time table for the sale of LTE spectrum in the 800 MHz Band. Read More
Botswana first to implement IMF enhanced General Data Dissemination systemAt the request of the Botswana, authorities a mission from the IMF’s Statistics Department visited Gaborone this month, to assist with the implementation of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS). Read More
FEATURED STORYeCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile
The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood
Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.