The Ho Photowalk Project
Improving Ho’s online footprint to boost Local & Global Economies
The Volta Region of Ghana is described as one of the Regions endowed with cross sections of major natural resources due to its geographical location. This is because the Volta Region stretches from the coast through the Forest Zone to the Savannah. This makes the Region a replica of what the whole of Ghana can offer in terms of natural resources.
However, there is inadequate information about the Region, its capital, Ho, and its numerous potentials on the internet and other online portals which could project Ho and the entire Region appropriately thus attracting the needed investments and support.
Having considered this challenge facing the Region, the Global Shapers, Ho Hub in partnership with Ho Node (a Digital Innovation Hub) embarked on this project to bridge the information gap.
The project which was dubbed HoPhotowalk captured the soul and scene of Ho, the capital city of the Volta Region with cameras as part of a grand digital project. The HoPhotoWalk Project is framed on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 8 i.e; Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all; and the Digital Transformation Initiative (DTI) a project launched as part of the Initiative on World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and Society Agenda.
This Event brought together 25 professional photographers, videographers and digital media volunteers for a 4 hour walk to explore and capture historical, natural sites, landmarks as well as experience the warmth of Ho.
The objective of the HoPhotowalk Project was to open up Ho digitally, boost the online presence of local businesses, entrepreneurs and young people in Ho and its surrounding communities, improve the local economy through digital business support systems, attract tourists and investor opportunities by sharing well-optimized photos online and accurately editing Ho Wikipedia page, which currently has less details and poor images.This was also an effective way to build confidence and stimulate the creative juices amongst participants, exchange of ideas and building of business partnerships.
The team of photographers selected from (Memories Photography, Lensational.org, JMA photography, Skefotos, Massive Multimedia-Afloa, Volta Online, G2 Media, FK Bedi Photography, Bone Ecstasy Photography), Shapers from Ho Hub and Digital media volunteers made up of 3 women, converged at the Ho Civic Centre for the start of the walk.
Some of the key places captured along the routes included: The Ho market, Ho Sports stadium, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Volta Star Radio, Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Regional Law Courts, Ho Technical University, Parks & Gardens, Roman Catholic Church, E.P Church, Police, Fire Service, Prisons among others. The walk ended at the Ho Node Hub for collation and editing of the photos captured.
The Ho Photowalk Project was led by Global Shaper, Brian Dzansi Dzidefo and supported by all Shapers of the Ho hub.
Global Shapers Ho Hub Curator, Alan Akakpo, commended all participants including Ho Hub Shapers for the good work done and urged everyone to continue working hard so the Photowalk project could be sustained and implemented all over Ghana to boost regional economies, tourism and to place Ghana on a higher pedestal globally for more investor opportunities.