What happens when social media enthusiasts across the length and breadth of the country gather at one venue thanks to an event organized by Blogging Ghana? Well what we know is that the event always trend on Twitter and end up choking other social media platforms with the hashtag #BlogCamp. This was exactly what happened at BlogCamp15 . On 9th May at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, hundreds of social media enthusiasts gathered at this year’s BlogCamp . BlogCamp is a gathering of Social Media enthusiasts who discuss among themselves how social media can be used effectively, take a critical look at the social media landscape in Ghana and crown the day with an awards ceremony for social media faithful’s. It is interesting to note, that this is the first time the camp has taken place outside of the nation’s capital, Accra.
The camp was preceded by a blogwalk which allowed three different groups of bloggers identified as gangs to capture Kumasi with their lenses to tell a story about the Ashanti Region. The groups were the Adum, Asafo and the Suame Gangs. Suame Gang carried the day with the best story of Kumasi. Their price included a 200 cedis cash price and some souvenirs from the sponsors.
The theme for this year’s BlogCamp was “Social Media for Good.” There was breakout sessions on “How to start a Blog” which was facilitated by the founder of Blogging Ghana, Kajsa Adu which saw a high number of participants taken through the basics of blogging and how to create good content.
The second breakout session was led by Edward Taggoe which discussed “How Social Media can cause Change.” With regards to recent happenings in the country, like the #dumsormuststop vigil as well as all the apologies that people have been forced to cough out, due to some statements they made on social media. There is no doubt that Social Media can really cause positive change if used appropriately and the reverse if used inappropriately.
The event was put together by Blogging Ghana with support from other partners like the US Embassy, Barcamp Ghana and several other partners. Blogging Ghana is a group of bloggers and social media users writing out of Ghana or the Ghanaian experience since 2011 when the group was established. Each year, it organizes the Social Media Awards which rewards the individuals and organizations that have done extremely well in the social media sphere and a BlogCamp which gathers social media enthusiasts under the same roof to discuss effective ways of using Social Media taking the conversation offline. Read more about Blogging Ghana by visiting their website http://blogh.org/ and search the hashtags #BlogWalk #BlogCamp15 to read interesting tweets and pictures from the just ended event.
Written by Delali Kumapley