#CitiTrends S02 Ep25: Social Media Research, The Ghana Election case

Magnifying Glass - Social NetworkWith just a few days to Christmas, it is very clear that we are excited.

On the show this week, we talk research and elections. Maximus Ametorgoh (@maxihere) of PopOut conducted and predicted the outcome of the 2016 elections quite accurately and he shares with us how he did it and also shares some lessons on using social media to conduct credible research.

The usual suspects are not far away and they join in for a great conversation.

Enjoy.

Why You?

Dark skies, faultless stars

nightly whistles and lovers moans

Noises of our night

Sounds of our moments

The aroma of your self

The freedom of your smile

The entrapment of your touch

The sturdiness of your passion

My sense of courage has eloped

Far into the distance with my faith

My desires are blank, it haunts me

Liberation it seeks, Salvation it desires

The fault lines in your gracious dreams

The inconsistency of your emotional awareness

The rough edges that frame your perfection

The busyness of your calming smile.

I want you.

Every fibre of my existence wants you

Every sentence i speak wreaks of my desire to have you

Every waking moment i spend wondering

Why you?

Love Reborn

Source: Inspiringwallpapers.net

Source: Inspiringwallpapers.net

The stars illuminate the dark skies through which I journey

There is peace here

A peace I have not known for many days

A peace that makes my heart heavy

My heart swells with an imbalance of raging emotion

A severe need to tell you

I truly love you.

 

The African sun stirs in the distance

The red turns orange and turns yellow and turns turquoise and turns blue and turns black

All in one graceful expression of self

There is a freedom here

A freedom that allows mortal men a glance into their souls

Here, I feel the freedom to tell you that I love you.

 

Words fail me now

There is a weightlessness in my being

Yet my beating heart finds ground

As I steal through the vast expanse of this wilderness of sky

These wings give me flight

I fly into a life uncharted

I fly into a life with you.

 

I am afraid

We all are

Yet when I look across the horizon

I see life reborn

I see clouds enjoined

I see the beacon flashing us home

I see a love i have known and trust

I see me and you.

Counting our Losses – The day after Accra floods

Source: Kofimusings

Source: Kofimusings

I will be emotionally scared for life.

I know that.

I never doubted that.

However, i needed to tell this story. It is my duty. My responsibility to chronicle these events.

I did it with pride.

Watch this video and let it cause you to act. Let us stand today against this irrational posturing from our leaders.

#ThisMustStop

#DUMSORMUSTSTOP: The Day Ghana Marched

Edits-3Saturday May 16, 2015.

A day etched in the history books of Ghana forever.

Why?

Simple. Ghanaians stood up, walked and spoke out.

After three years of living with a power crisis which has seen the Ghana Tourism Authority announce the potential shutdown of some 20 hotels within the country. Telecoms operator, MTN; UK charity for education, culture and development services, British Council; textile manufacturer, Juapong textiles have all either laid off workers or preparing to lay off workers due to the power crisis.

The government’s response has been varied, albeit dreadful.

Here are a few headlines to illustrate my point:

NPP demo has encouraged me to end ‘Dumsor’ – Mahama

I will ‘banish dumsor forever’ – Mahama

My ‘dumsor banishment’ promise was just a prayer- Mahama

Gov’t resolute to end ‘Dumsor’ – Mahama

‘Dumsor’ will erode government’s good initiatives – Mahama 

Edits-6The commentary and public outcry has been immense across social media with dozens of memes and every trolling effort in the book being tried out. Government officials also weighed into the conversation from time to time and did what all employees do; defend their employer.

Then Yvonne Nelson, award winning actress, philanthropist and all-round nice person spoke out on the power crisis with a simple tweet: #dumsormuststop.

The aftermath of that tweet has been a complex mix of support, insults, emotional outbursts and career defining decisions. It has gotten politicians such as Alhaji Halidu Haruna to learn the grave effects of taking social media for granted and shot others such as Yvonne Nelson into legendary status.

Edits-1The #dumsormuststop vigil which took place on Saturday showed just how much can be done when citizens of a country decide on their own free will and with the guidance of one purpose, to speak out about something.

I am terribly proud of my country men and women who showed up and to them i dedicate this video below.