“WhatsApp with Politics Today?” Use of New Media by University Communities for Political Engagement in Ghana

  • Kofi Akpabli
  • Rosemary Kimani

Abstract

Since Ghana started out on a new constitutional democratic path in 1992, the media space has been engaged variously by citizens who have attempted to participate in governance issues. Incidentally, this desire to participate has coincided with the proliferation of the internet, with its limitless and innovative range of politically relevant media platforms. Media engagement of political issues in Ghana is now played out within a bouquet of convenient mediums. The internet with its inherent participation-enabling platforms is a good sign of democracy in that it provides the opportunity for citizen participation at all levels of communication on various issues of concern. However, does availability and accessibility point to engagement? Using selected universities in Ghana as case studies, we examined how members of these communities access online media for various political engagements. The study employed a survey approach with the aid of a questionnaire in soliciting information from a total of 410 students from the University of Ghana and Central
University, and adopted the descriptive approach in data analysis. Among other outcomes, findings show that the use of Social Network Sites (SNS) had significantly changed a large number of respondents’ political views but not their
political activity.

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Published
2019-02-14
How to Cite
AKPABLI, Kofi; KIMANI, Rosemary. “WhatsApp with Politics Today?” Use of New Media by University Communities for Political Engagement in Ghana. Central Inquiry, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 120-138, feb. 2019. Available at: <http://journal.central.edu.gh/index.php/centralinquiry/article/view/38>. Date accessed: 24 may 2019.
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