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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 15 Thus, Akan cultural forms of representation are not used against the Ga-Adanbge, Ewe, or Mole-Dagbani (ethnic minorities in Ghana), but rather as media driven approach to communications in an instrumentalist fashion by radio stations create a forum for discussion, and promote national identity. Media content (radio) in Ghana is becoming increasingly Ghanaian with limited foreign component due to a renewed sense of Ghanaian identity. The phenomenon unfolding in private radio in Ghana is what could be identified as intense hybridization, because it allows Akan linguistic cultural forms to emerge as a main form of expression and programming language in the radio medium. And in the process it adopts the national ideology changing it and presenting it clothed in the symbols and forms of representations of a culture that is local. The process of this transformation is complex and should be understood as a “rhizomorphic and disjunctive” Ghanaian cultural flow characterized less in terms of domination and more as forms of cultural hybridization (Baker, 2000. p. 116-117). The relations of power among the ethnic groups in Ghana are complex, and all the ethnic groups share it through constant social and political negotiations, as discussed by Madan (1993). The use of local languages in private radio programming in Ghana is best understood, when the phenomenon is considered as a postcolonial quest for true Ghanaian identity that manifest itself in radio programming through the use of local forms of presentation to articulate national identity in a non cohesive manner. PUBLIC SPHERE The notion of the public sphere refers to the emergence or creation of a realm of social life in which some public viewpoint can be formed. This realm of unobstructed discourse is characterized by: a guarantee of access to all citizens, and a portion of the public sphere come

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 15
Thus, Akan cultural forms of representation are not used against the Ga-Adanbge, Ewe,
or Mole-Dagbani (ethnic minorities in Ghana), but rather as media driven approach to
communications in an instrumentalist fashion by radio stations create a forum for discussion, and
promote national identity. Media content (radio) in Ghana is becoming increasingly Ghanaian
with limited foreign component due to a renewed sense of Ghanaian identity. The phenomenon
unfolding in private radio in Ghana is what could be identified as intense hybridization, because
it allows Akan linguistic cultural forms to emerge as a main form of expression and
programming language in the radio medium. And in the process it adopts the national ideology
changing it and presenting it clothed in the symbols and forms of representations of a culture that
is local.
The process of this transformation is complex and should be understood as a
“rhizomorphic and disjunctive” Ghanaian cultural flow characterized less in terms of domination
and more as forms of cultural hybridization (Baker, 2000. p. 116-117). The relations of power
among the ethnic groups in Ghana are complex, and all the ethnic groups share it through
constant social and political negotiations, as discussed by Madan (1993). The use of local
languages in private radio programming in Ghana is best understood, when the phenomenon is
considered as a postcolonial quest for true Ghanaian identity that manifest itself in radio
programming through the use of local forms of presentation to articulate national identity in a
non cohesive manner.
PUBLIC SPHERE
The notion of the public sphere refers to the emergence or creation of a realm of social
life in which some public viewpoint can be formed. This realm of unobstructed discourse is
characterized by: a guarantee of access to all citizens, and a portion of the public sphere come


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