The fight against corruption, the creation of jobs, the improvement of the quality of education… These are among the demands of Ghanaian activists through the hastag #FixTheCountry. Launched by local citizen movements, this hastag and its variations (#FixMotherGhana and #FixTheCountryNow and #FixTheCountryGhana) are a weapon of pressure against the ills that plague this West African country.
Unlike other countries in Africa, Ghanaian activists are focusing on digital campaigns to expose the ills that plague their communities. With the momentum of this hastag, they plan to organise public demonstrations to demand good governance in their country. « We are organising a protest march this Sunday 22 May. We call on young Ghanaians to mobilise for the success of this citizen demonstration, » reads a press release, a copy of which was sent to us.
For the activist Ernesto Yeboah, « it is clear that our leaders are unable to get our country out of the morass and poverty. We are hungry. Things are going from bad to worse and this is not making the headlines. So it seems that what is happening is a call for a new leadership that is about to emerge, » he said in a broadcast on DW.
Thousands of people have now embraced the politics of the hastag and are making claims on the web. Faced with such a craze, supporters of the Ghanaian government have tried to counter-trend by launching the hastag #FixYourSelf.
Note that despite the economic progress recorded in recent years, 24.2% of the population lives below the poverty line in Ghana, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI), published in 2018.