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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 12 change in music format became a conscious attempt to address issues of Ghanaians identify. The new music-programming format helped create descriptions of Ghanaians as Ghanaians with a particular cultural heritage. This portrays a post structural essentialist notion of identity, because it resorts to the use of language and cultural forms to construct a Ghanaian identity without which it assumes a Ghanaian identity cannot exist, as espoused by Baker (2000) in a work on cultural studies theory and practice. Traditional presenters on radio “Odiefuo” 6 of Vibe FM, “Rokoto” of Radio Gold, “Maame Dokuonuo” of Choice FM and Reverend Owusu Ansah of Joy FM popularized Akan literal and political forms of representation. The name “Odiefuo” used by a radio presenter was very symbolic. Radio presenter/s became redeemers who functioned as social critics. The redemption of audiences was in the form of questioning authority and demanding explanations for political actions and decisions. “Odiefuo” was very outspoken, and that together with other forms of outspokenness in the media, symbolized the actual breaking of the “culture of silence” which was earlier prescribed during the period of military dictatorships, as a necessary condition for democracy within a Ghanaism ideological framework. “Rokoto’s” program was set within the notion of Akan traditional court environment, the chief’s palace. The name of the presenter is not significant, but the setting of the program within the Akan tradition of adjudication is symbolic. The program invited the audience to present contemporary social issues that were analyzed and judged on the air. The symbolism in this way of presentation is dual. “Rokoto” spoke only Akan and was perceived as an icon of the rich Ghanaian culture. To have such a symbol of Akan cultural richness featured on programs of 6 Akan word for redeemer or savior.

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 12
change in music format became a conscious attempt to address issues of Ghanaians identify. The
new music-programming format helped create descriptions of Ghanaians as Ghanaians with a
particular cultural heritage. This portrays a post structural essentialist notion of identity, because
it resorts to the use of language and cultural forms to construct a Ghanaian identity without
which it assumes a Ghanaian identity cannot exist, as espoused by Baker (2000) in a work on
cultural studies theory and practice.
Traditional presenters on radio
“Odiefuo
6
of Vibe FM, “Rokoto” of Radio Gold, “Maame Dokuonuo” of Choice FM
and Reverend Owusu Ansah of Joy FM popularized Akan literal and political forms of
representation.
The name “Odiefuo” used by a radio presenter was very symbolic. Radio presenter/s
became redeemers who functioned as social critics. The redemption of audiences was in the form
of questioning authority and demanding explanations for political actions and decisions.
“Odiefuo” was very outspoken, and that together with other forms of outspokenness in the
media, symbolized the actual breaking of the “culture of silence” which was earlier prescribed
during the period of military dictatorships, as a necessary condition for democracy within a
Ghanaism ideological framework.
“Rokoto’s” program was set within the notion of Akan traditional court environment, the
chief’s palace. The name of the presenter is not significant, but the setting of the program within
the Akan tradition of adjudication is symbolic. The program invited the audience to present
contemporary social issues that were analyzed and judged on the air. The symbolism in this way
of presentation is dual. “Rokoto” spoke only Akan and was perceived as an icon of the rich
Ghanaian culture. To have such a symbol of Akan cultural richness featured on programs of
6
Akan word for redeemer or savior.


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