On July 24, 2012, Ghana experienced something tragic: A sitting President died. And it is an election year. The atmosphere in Parliament, televised by Ghana Television (GTV), was that of shock and sadness as Members of Parliament displayed deeply saddened faces. By 8pm, the Vice President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as President of the Republic of Ghana.
But four hours prior to this, just after the news had broken,
Ghanaians took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness. Tweets of
the President’s death hit the social media site before many of the media
houses officially confirmed it.
Myjoyonline.com revised its abbreviated report
published immediately after the death announcement with a much detailed
one and a fitting image that symbolized the president’s departure hours
(read full piece of my coverage on Global Voices)