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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 7 Current radio presentation and programming styles are more in harmony with Ghanaian traditional forms of presentation. And the force behind this change is fueled by the interplay of national and traditional values. I will explain this change in terms of the concepts of hegemony and hybridization. NATIONAL VERSUS TRADITIONAL IDENTITY Ghana’s media practice has transformed within the past decade. The current media culture is fed fundamentally by the ideological postulation of Ghanaism. J.B. Danquah 3 a leading political and philosophical personality in pre and postcolonial Ghana espoused the ghanaism ideology. Danquah defined Ghanaism as “the ideology of individual freedom and personal worth Danquah, 1958)” The principal ideas of Ghanaism as expressed by Danquah, are a synthesis of the values commonly shared by the ethnic groups of Ghana. However, Danquah in his exposition on Ghanaism used Akan 4 language and symbols of representation. The use of Akan to explain Ghanaism is a classic example of the complexity of identity representation in postcolonial Africa. The ethnic diversity of African countries poses a great challenge to the use of traditional symbols and values to represent national identity. This is because it is difficult to adopt a single local language that could be adopted by all groups. And in many countries, any such attempt creates tensions among nationals. Ghanaism as an ideological construct emphasized individual freedom, initiative and enterprise (Adu Boahen, 1988). And Danquah being one of the founding fathers 5 of Ghana, it seemed natural that the operating media system among other systems in Ghanaian before the 1990s would be characterized by the free flow of information, freedom of expression, and the 3 J.B Danquah is known as the doyen of Ghanaian politics 4 Akan ethnic group is the majority in Ghana. 5 Founding Fathers are known as “the big six” namely J.B. Danquah, Kwame Nkrumah, Ako Adjei, William Ofori- Atta, Edward Akkufo-Addo, and Obestebi Lamptey.

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 7
Current radio presentation and programming styles are more in harmony with Ghanaian
traditional forms of presentation. And the force behind this change is fueled by the interplay of
national and traditional values. I will explain this change in terms of the concepts of hegemony
and hybridization.
NATIONAL VERSUS TRADITIONAL IDENTITY
Ghana’s media practice has transformed within the past decade. The current media
culture is fed fundamentally by the ideological postulation of Ghanaism. J.B. Danquah
3
a leading
political and philosophical personality in pre and postcolonial Ghana espoused the ghanaism
ideology. Danquah defined Ghanaism as “the ideology of individual freedom and personal worth
Danquah, 1958)” The principal ideas of Ghanaism as expressed by Danquah, are a synthesis of
the values commonly shared by the ethnic groups of Ghana. However, Danquah in his exposition
on Ghanaism used Akan
4
language and symbols of representation. The use of Akan to explain
Ghanaism is a classic example of the complexity of identity representation in postcolonial Africa.
The ethnic diversity of African countries poses a great challenge to the use of traditional symbols
and values to represent national identity. This is because it is difficult to adopt a single local
language that could be adopted by all groups. And in many countries, any such attempt creates
tensions among nationals.
Ghanaism as an ideological construct emphasized individual freedom, initiative and
enterprise (Adu Boahen, 1988). And Danquah being one of the founding fathers
5
of Ghana, it
seemed natural that the operating media system among other systems in Ghanaian before the
1990s would be characterized by the free flow of information, freedom of expression, and the
3
J.B Danquah is known as the doyen of Ghanaian politics
4
Akan ethnic group is the majority in Ghana.
5
Founding Fathers are known as “the big six” namely J.B. Danquah, Kwame Nkrumah, Ako Adjei, William Ofori-
Atta, Edward Akkufo-Addo, and Obestebi Lamptey.


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