How Ghana Will be Affected by Africa’s Technological Revolution

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Modern residential buildings in Accra, capital of Ghana. Modern view.
Modern residential buildings in Accra, capital of Ghana. Modern view. (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

As the world continues to evolve, so too does the way we view the importance of technology. Even as recently as a decade ago, tech was something of a luxury rather than a core element of society. Things change quickly, with most people in the Western World now intrinsically linked with their smart devices and gaming units.

In places like Ghana, things are a little different. Owing largely to a lack of resources in comparison with nations in the west, most African countries are currently a couple of steps back in the technological revolution. As Internet World Stats report, just 34.7% of people in Ghana currently have access to the world wide web. Worryingly, this actually represents one of the higher percentages in Africa.

Things are changing, though. As technology becomes more accessible to all corners of the world, Ghana has been able to adapt and evolve.

Today, let’s look at how this will affect the future of the country heading forwards. 

  1. Better levels of education
Apple iPhone with Skype application on the screen.
Apple iPhone with Skype application on the screen (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

With students in some corners of Ghana unable to attend school because of excessive distance or the need to care for sickly loved ones, improved tech can serve to bring educational enlightenment straight into their homes.

Skype is an obvious platform to mention – with the video-tech able to stream video messaging straight into someone’s home. This can be used to provide intimate one-on-one lessons to children in remote regions who don’t have the means to reach bodies of education on their own.

  1. Improved cultivation in the fields
Animal tracking monitoring in smartfarm and internet of things concept
Animal tracking monitoring in smartfarm and internet of things concept. Low power wide area network (LPWAN) graphic, binary connect and cows in smartfarm. (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

While farming is something which has been tried and tested in Ghana for generations, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to perfect a pre-existing system. The iCow App for example, is a handy way of monitoring when your livestock needs milking, remembering dates of scheduled immunisation and learning more about how to care for your bovines.

This sort of advancement is surprisingly effective for farmers, who’re finding their job has become much simpler across the past few years as a result of these changes. Happier cows means more milk production, which can only serve to benefit the country as a whole.

  1. Changed communication channels
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

People are growing closer together, yet paradoxically further apartment at the same time. While it used to be the norm for people to reach out via the telephone (which itself replaced face-to-face conversations), people are now beginning to favour using mobiles as a means of chatting.

Ding suggest as many as 61% of loved ones now stay in contact via means other than the telephone, with 56% of people saying WhatsApp has become their favoured form of social media. Expect this trend to continue in Ghana as time goes on.

  1. Improved healthcare

 

Smart healthcare
Closeup portrait of intellectual healthcare professionals with white labcoat, looking at full body x-ray radiographic image, ct scan, mri, isolated hospital clinic background. (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

Naturally, greater levels of technological advancement walk hand-in-hand with progression from a medical perspective. The more resources available to Ghanaian doctors, the higher the chances of providing a form of care which is able to treat and care for the varying types of conditions out there.

These are just some of the ways in which Ghana is going to be affected by the technological revolution sweeping the African continent. As the world continues to change, what further developments might we expect down the line? Only time will answer that question.

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