President Obama’s historic visit to Ghana July 10 to 11, 2009 is noteworthy in so many ways. He is the first African-American to become president of America, and Ghana is the first African country he is visiting since becoming president.
And there is a technological twist to the visit. Short Message System or SMS will play a big role in the visit, as citizens of the African continent can communicate with him while he is in Ghana by SMS.
The United States government is inviting all Africans to send questions by text to Obama during his Ghana visit July 10 to 11 2009.
Information reaching ghanabusinessnews.com says questions and comments through text can be sent from today July 3, 2009 so that President Obama can address it while he is in Ghana. It adds that those who respond early will receive SMS highlights of the speech he will deliver in Accra Saturday July 11.
Obama will be expected to answer selected questions through local radio broadcasts.
US Embassy officials have said the service is available in English and French. The SMS however, might be subject to local and internationals charges.
All local cellphone, mobile coverage, local and international operator mobile quality of service and charges, as well as other operational constraints and conditions, applied. “The SMS service is not a 100-percent guarantee of message delivery,” the official said.
To send a text message to President Obama, from anywhere in Africa, simply text ‘English’ or ‘French’ to +61418601934. If you do not receive a confirmation of your enrollment within 10 minutes, please send again to +45609910343. For Kenya use short code 5683, for Ghana use short code 1731, for Nigeria use short code 32969 and for South Africa use short code 31958.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi