A method or one other, digital divides manifest in numerous types all the world over.
With the digital transformation pushing ahead, digital divides are rising worldwide.
However there’s a silver lining – digital change makers and pioneers are position fashions who be sure that nobody is left behind. They resolve the alleged contradictions between conventional and modern life, between city and rural areas, and using digital applied sciences in these communities. As a result of digital change occurs in locations the place you won’t anticipate it.
Therefore, the German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Improvement (BMZ) launched the exhibition “Chiefs in Tech”, carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Kwaku David Images. BMZ invited Chiefs and Queen Moms from Ghana, who’re digital pioneers in their communities, to be a part of this photo exhibition and to showcase their engagement with digital applied sciences. For many individuals digital know-how comparable to cellular units are already an integral a part of their day by day lives in distant areas simply as a lot as in cities.
Digital applied sciences already assist us attain the Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs). Past fixing improvement challenges in quite a lot of sectors, corresponding to healthcare, agriculture and the power sector, digital applied sciences speed up entry to information, jobs, foster equality and participation of various teams.
The photo exhibition “Chiefs in Tech” portrays feminine and male conventional authorities from totally different (rural) areas of Ghana. Behind every portrait lies the story of a captivating particular person who features as a digital pioneer using digital applied sciences in their communities to shut the digital divide.
NAME: FATIGI -TO WURA TAKORA I_DABOYA
CROWN JURISDICTION: CHIEF OF DABOYA IN THE WASIPE TRADITIONAL AREA
REGION: NORTHERN REGION
Know-how has helped me in so some ways. The primary digital system I used was a laptop computer and I nonetheless assume these units will help preserving our traditions. They will convey the world nearer to me and make it simpler to entry info throughout the globe.
Personally, I exploit the telephone and the pill in my every day routines to ebook appointments, write notes, save info and knowledge and surf the web for analysis functions. On this means, I’m able to take photographs, movies and document audios of our festivals and necessary actions in the group and share them with the world. Moreover, I’m lively on social media platforms, similar to Fb and WhatsApp. Thus, I can hold all info and knowledge for the longer term and I can manage my social actions and entry my calendar to plan upcoming occasions.
Digital units give us entry to social media. Though, social media exposes one to educative supplies and humorous issues, it must be used for rightful functions. It must be useful to the consumer and the consumer shouldn’t abuse it.
I feel that my use of digital units makes me a contemporary chief.
“I think that my use of digital devices makes me a modern chief.”
NAME: MAMAGA AKUA SABEA NYABOR VII CROWN OF JURISDICTION: PARAMOUNT QUEEN MOTHER OF AKROFU TRADITIONAL AREA AGE: 31 REGION: VOLTA REGION As a standard ruler, I exploit digital system to speak simply with my individuals. The primary digital system I’ve used was the cell phone. I’m an lively consumer of varied social media platforms. Digital units are worthwhile instruments as a result of they assist develop a person in each facet by facilitating the accessibility of data. I exploit these digital units and social media platforms to arrange my social obligations as a Queen Mom. I additionally use it to promote my festivals and each exercise I carry out in my group. To me, using digital units has its constructive and unfavorable sides in phrases of preserving our traditions. On the one hand, digital units and digital media has helped to modernize our conventional practices as individuals are simply uncovered to our conventional beliefs and practices and it informs them. However, I additionally consider it has made our traditions lose their objective and worth. Whereas I’ve considerations with the speedy circulation of data on social media, it was additionally an enabler to satisfy very skilled Queen Moms, who’ve actually affected my life as an individual and as a Queen. QUOTE: “While I have concerns with the rapid circulation of information on social media, it was also an enabler to meet very experienced Queen Mothers, who have really affected my life as a person and as a Queen.”
NAME: MAMAGA TOLEYIFOE V_Ve
CROWN OF JURISDICTION: Of Ve TRADITIONAL AREA/ AFADZATO MOUNTAIN
REGION: VOLTA REGION
My first digital system was a laptop computer. I exploit the web on the smartphone, notably to ship E-mails in addition to messages by way of social media platforms. The gadget has helped me making my work very straightforward, as I can use it to promote my services and to arrange my life.
Whether or not using digital units is a device to protect a practice, is a matter of perspective. Personally, I exploit it to take footage of our conventional way of life and report on it.
I feel, in case you are utilizing the system in a great way, you don’t have anything to lose. The web lets you study new issues constantly and subsequently, I feel digital units are including worth to individuals’s life immensely.
“Whether the use of digital devices is a tool to preserve a tradition, is a matter of perspective”
NAME: MAMAGA TSYRAWAH IV
CROWN JURISDICTION: PARAMOUNT QUEEN MOTHER OF HAVE
REGION: VOLTA REGION
Using digital units has made my life simpler. My first digital gadget was a Toshiba Laptop computer and I nonetheless use it for enterprise functions, which is usually for E-Mails and different correspondence.
Using digital units can protect and disrupt our custom in a very good in addition to in a nasty means. Wanting on the good aspect, personally it has made it simpler for me to speak with family and friends members anyplace in the world. On the dangerous aspect, notably youthful generations spend most of their lifetime utilizing digital units, as an alternative of spending time bodily collectively. On this means, a brand new notion of time develops, nevertheless, not essentially a constructive one.
I feel that folks abuse social media platforms and don’t take into consideration the results. This will make it a harmful device.
However, digital units have truly helped in the group of my social actions. I’m able to take photographs of social engagements to maintain reminiscences intact. You are able to do many issues with digital units, you possibly can ship humorous visuals to make them snort but in addition you possibly can unfold educative info.
“You are able to do many issues with digital units, you possibly can ship humorous visuals to make them giggle but in addition you possibly can unfold educative info. “
NAME: NANA KWABENA ACHEAMPONG_BIAKOYE CROWN OF JURISDICTION: NKOSUOHENE OF BIAKOYE, APESOKUBI TRADITIONAL AREA AGE: 49 REGION: VOLTA REGION I typically use digital units and social media platforms to arrange my social actions. All conferences, info and instructions are posted on our WhatsApp platform. However, unreliable info flow into on many social media platforms. I do assume that folks want to concentrate on this and will act accordingly. I personally use digital units as a result of I consider it’s a trendy lifestyle. Nevertheless, I’ve considerations with hackers, as a result of typically, I’m unable to answer unknown inquiries. My consumer tales embrace becoming a member of teams and platforms that allow you to share information and knowledge. With using digital units, I can maintain and entry the pictures and reminiscences of my fellow Chiefs and Queen Moms and thereby, I can contribute positively to the preservation of our custom. QUOTE: “I personally use digital devices because I believe it is a modern way of life.”
NAME: NANA OGYEDM AMA TSETSEWA I CROWN OF JURISDICTION: MANKRADO OF GOMOA OGUAN AND OSUMPAHEN OF GOMOA AKYEMPIM TRADITIONAL COUNCIL AGE: 58 REGION: CENTRAL REGION I often talk with my followers on WhatsApp and Twitter somewhat than bringing all of them collectively to offer them with details about our custom and tradition. My followers are likely to take heed to me as they understand me as a part of the worldwide system of transformation. It’s also cheaper and price efficient to be engaged on digital units. I additionally assume using digital units helps in preserving our custom in phrases of saving info and knowledge. Earlier than the inception of using digital units, info has been written on paper and animal pores and skin. Till just lately, we couldn’t even hint most of them from our archives. Now, we will save knowledge and knowledge on a number of units to entry them in the longer term. Throughout festivals I talk with my topics on issues of concern and educate them on issues, they should know. For instance why we carry out widowhood rights. I’m very lively on social media, I tweet, I exploit WhatsApp and I’m on Fb. I consider these units actually add worth to us. They allow us to succeed in a variety of individuals inside a brief time period. There are misconceptions about Chiefs and Queen Moms. That is why I exploit my platform to teach my followers on why we do what we do and gown how we gown. QUOTE: “I am very active on social media, I tweet, I use WhatsApp and I am on Facebook. I believe these devices really add value to us.”
NAME: TIAAH AMPEM-DARKOA CROWN OF JURISDICTION: MAAWERE HEMAA OF APIREDE AGE: 33 REGION: EASTERN REGION Using a digital system permits me to unfold the phrase on my position as a Queen Mom to the world simply. Because of instruments like Fb stay, I can attain out to individuals, to attend our annual Odwira Pageant. Thus, we will share with the world our wealthy tradition. Promoting Apreade-Akwapim to buyers can create new jobs and markets, and thereby helps city people to promote their hospitability, too. Certainly, the telephone turns into a advertising device. Nevertheless, know-how has two sides. On the one hand, it doesn’t assist in preserving our tradition, and it might intrude in particular person privateness. Then again, using the telephone and the web additionally helps to broadcast info shortly. On this approach individuals know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Basically, using digital units undoubtedly provides worth to me and the world: It helps connecting with our households in different nations and maintaining the household collectively. Most significantly, it helps exchanging our cultures, values and traditions. QUOTE: “The use of a digital device allows me to spread the word on my role as a Queen Mother to the world easily.”
NAME: NANAHEMAA ADWOA AWINDOR
CROWN OF JURISDICTION: NKOSUOHEMAA OF AFIGYA-KWABRE
REGION: ASHANTI REGION
I had an fascinating expertise with digital units once I began utilizing the digital camera. Everybody round me obtained very excited, as a result of individuals weren’t used to see such instruments in actuality. They’ve solely seen cameras on tv and couldn’t consider their eyes once they first noticed one in actual life.
As a documentary producer and Queen, I doc the whole lot regarding our group engagements and outreach packages.
With the assistance of digital units, I do engagements, I talk with my Queens from totally different organizations. I additionally publish a lot of the occasions we arrange on social media to pre-inform individuals to contribute to our actions.
Digital units have made life simpler and handy for me. My work with the digital camera has additionally motivated different younger ladies to discover that chance. Digital units undoubtedly add worth to my life as a result of I’m nearly depending on them.
“My work with the camera has also motivated other young women to explore that opportunity”
NAME: NII OTSEDZEN ASHONG BORTIER II CROWN OF JURISDICTION: DZASEHENE OF SANTOR-KANAWU AND OYIBI AGE: 58 REGION: GREATER ACCRA The world has develop into a worldwide village the place every thing strikes very quick and communication has develop into very accessible and straightforward. The primary digital gadget I used was a cell phone and I nonetheless use my telephone to arrange social actions. Since my daughter taught me the aim and utilization of YouTube, I began utilizing the platform. To me, using cell phones is preserving our custom. As an example, in the previous, a messenger needed to be despatched to ship messages to the kinsmen however in this period, you simply have to name or textual content to ship any info or messages. This protects loads of time and it helps to keep away from accidents. QUOTE: “Since my daughter taught me the purpose of YouTube, I started using the platform.”
NAME: QUEEN BORESAH IDDISAH JEDUAH I BOLE CROWN OF JURISDICTION: DIVISIONAL QUEENMOTHER OF BOLE TRADITIONAL AREA AGE: 31 REGION: NORTHERN REGION I do use digital units and social media platforms to arrange my social actions. The primary digital system I used was a cell phone, which is subsequently someway symbolic for me personally. Using the digital system to some extent disrupts our conventional guidelines. As an example, as a result of using these units my go to to my group is minimal as a result of I have a tendency to make use of video name instruments. I’m involved with the rise of hackers, therefore my incapability to debate sure salient points by way of telephone or ship some info by way of social media. Our traditions have to be held sacred. All in all, I exploit digital units as a result of I really feel they supply the simplest floor for sharing info. On this means, I can simply talk with my kinsmen. Importantly, I also can attain the Northern Area and don’t have to journey for every assembly. This has immensely improved the communication with totally different areas throughout Ghana. QUOTE: “Due to the use of digital devices my visit to my community is minimal because I tend to use video call tools.”