Ghanaian celebrities lead protest marches against current energy crisis | Ghana
Ghanaian movie stars joined blue collar workers in protests against power cuts, marching through the streets of the capital to demand an end to the ongoing energy crisis in the West African country.
A Saturday march in eastern Accra was led by Yvonne nelson, an actress, model and beauty pageant contestant who helped popularize the hashtag #DumsorMustStop on Twitter and other social media apps. Dumsor is a word in the local Twi language used for irregular power outages.
Nelson wore a black t-shirt with the hashtag on Saturday and a floppy black sun hat as she joined hundreds of other protesters, many of whom were also dressed in black and carried torches and lanterns to signal their frustration at the face irregular power supply.
She was accompanied by celebrities including actor Van Vicker, who stars in Nigerian films. It was the first time that stars attacked the Ghanaian government on this issue.
“I lost my job as a machine operator at a paint manufacturing company because of this power cut,” said Samuel Addo, a 54-year-old walker.
“It’s like the government doesn’t want to do anything and this protest is a message to President John Mahama that we are fed up,” Addo said.
Unpredictable outages lasting up to 48 hours have been a reality in Ghana for three years. The government has blamed a lack of capacity for the cuts and said it is working to fix the problem.
Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $ 918 million (£ 584 million) loan to Ghana, warning that the country’s economic growth was at risk due to factors such as power cuts.
Ghana’s economic growth exceeded 9% in 2011, but fell to around 4.2% last year, according to the IMF.
Around 3,000 people have already been made redundant as a result of the cuts, and up to 5,000 workers could lose their jobs by September if the situation does not improve, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warned. last month.