Many personalities have gone viral on social media in Ghana for something they did, said or were related to in the past. In recent times, it takes very little effort to make something spiral out of control and get onto social media.
Social media as we have come to know it has influenced a lot of the things that happen in any country. Some things and products that were used on daily basis by some Ghanaians all over the country managed to find their way onto social media and it made the product very popular.
Today, YEN.com.gh brings you some products that were common in Ghana but went viral on social media due to certain circumstances
In the run up to the General Elections in 2016, a picture of the then candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo drinking Kalyppo went viral on social media. Many people took it upon themselves to share pictures and even videos of themselves taking the snack. For a long time, social media was flooded with the “Kalyppo Challenge”. The drink became so popular that it was reported that at a point, there was a shortage because of the high demand.
2. Dumsor (Power Outage)
Power outages in the 90’s were seen as normal and people did not make a fuss about so much till it became very frequent some years back. During the erstwhile administration of former president John Dramani Mahama, Ghanaians coined the term “Dumsor” to signify the frequent power outages and power rationing in the country. Dumsor baceme so popular that there was a campaign started on social media by actress Yvonne Nelson. Many musicians and actors joined in on the campaign to end the power cuts.
3. Kufuor Gallon
The Kufuor-administration was hit by water shortage and it led to the rise of some containers for fetching and storing water. The containers which were hitherto used to store oil for use were washed and hit the market. People were buying the gallons at ‘alarming’ rates just to be able to get some water stored for future use. The yellow gallons came to be known as Kufuor gallon since the water shortage was during his term as president.
4. “I can’t think far; I can’t think madness”
This statement made by comic actor, Kwadwo Nkansah popularly known as Lil Win in one of his movies became the latest expression in Ghana. Even though per its composition it did not make complete sense, many Ghanaians used it to expressed ‘shock’, ‘disbelief’ and ‘surprise’. The statement was adopted by people from all walks of life including politicians and it went viral on social media.
5. Pink Sheet
During the Election petition hearing after the 2012 General Elections, pink sheet became local parlance in the 8-month long Supreme Court hearing. Many people made funny remarks with ‘pink sheet’. Pink Sheets became so popular that they were used to symbolize ‘clearance’ or authenticity.
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