Though a relatively undocumented and disregarded fact in these parts, the art of graffiti is very much a part of the hip hop culture as rap music is.
Forms of graffiti range from pieces to tags; and it is this latter form of graffiti that some pressure groups here in Ghana (Alliance for Accountable Governance, Let My Vote Count) have adopted as one of the means to register a political concern of theirs.
These groups are jointly agitating for a new voter’s register citing the alleged bloatedness of the current one as their primary reason.
Employing the use of graffiti in this campaign, supporters of the aim of these groups have taken to tagging walls, buildings, and other surfaces across the city with variants of messages that express their ultimate goal: A NEW VOTERS REGISTER FOR GHANA.
Some of these tags include: #SAYNOTOECOWASREGISTER #SAVEGHANAWITHNEWREGISTER #NEWVOTERSREGISTER.
The actions of this group have led to the announcement by Mrs. Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC) that the EC is contemplating employing IT experts to find out the validity of the claims made by these groups.
This goes to show how effective graffiti, and by extension hip hop, is (or can be) in our daily lives. It gives a voice and in effect, resists attempts to silence. It also opens and creates conversations that the likely-to-be-implicated privileged would rather not have had.
It is also an avenue for people to be informed of (political) happenings in their society: (in this case, some people have learnt of the whole “Let My Vote Count” campaign by firstly encountering the numerous tags around town.)
Recognise graffiti, Respect Hip hop.
By: Moshood Balogun