Youth Movement in Ghana Take Cyber Protests to Streets
In May 2021, the hashtag #FixTheCountry and some variations were created on social media by young Ghanaians calling for social and economic reform. The campaign quickly went viral, as thousands joined the protest movement, which also took aim at the government, perceived as having done a bad job. The organisers behind the hashtag - who say they are non-political - called for a street protest on May 9, 2021. They were unable to protest after police obtained an injunction against them, citing safety reasons amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Now the latest protests organised by the group is set to take place on August 4, 2021.
More than half of Ghana's population of 31 million are under 25 years of age. Many cannot afford to go to university. A third of young people are jobless and have no professional training, according to the World Bank. The level of frustration among the youth has increased in line with the hardships brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Young People Want to #FixTheCountry
DW, 3 August 2021
Social media users in Ghana are joining together under the hashtag #FixTheCountry to put pressure on the government. The movement has left cyberspace and taken to the streets. Read more »
'#fixthecountry Campaign, Wakeup Call'
Ghanaian Times, 7 May 2021
Dr Kwame Asah-Asante, senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, has described the #FixTheCountry campaign as a "wake-up call" for the… Read more »
Youth Turn to Social Media to #FixTheCountry
DW, 12 May 2021
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Ghanaian Times, 12 May 2021
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Accra, Ghana (file photo).