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Uncontrolled Social Media Eroding Values and Patriotism- Otumfuo

The King of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II says social media is a contributing factor to the erosion of cultural values and the sense of patriotism in the youth.

According to him the uncontrolled nature of social media and the digital landscape is a major issue when the topic of commitment to values and country is concerned.

“There is what for me, is the overriding issue of the sense of civic responsibility of our young generation. We cannot deny the harmful influences to which our youth are exposed not only in the digital space but within our communities and homes.

“It is difficult to identify anything that today instils in our youth, the love of country and service to the community, the value of our cultures and traditions buttressed by the wisdom of our forefathers are being sacrificed for inappropriate offerings from an uncontrolled social media.”

Acknowledging the plethora of opportunities digital spaces offer to the youth, Otumfuo underlined that the space is also inundated with criminality, abuse and distractions which must be watched.

“There are danger signs that many of our young people have been drawn into. The net of cybercrimes and moral degeneracy. It is a sign we must address with real valour. The nature of digital space should not delude us into thinking that there is an easy path to wealth and prosperity. The easy path leading inevitably to ruin and destruction.”

His Majesty believes the wrongs may be corrected through education and concerted efforts from schools, colleges, teachers and parents.

Otumfuo made the statement while delivering the keynote address at the 2024 SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 8, 2024, under the theme “Empowering African Young People for the Future, Cultivating Academic Excellence and Hope Through Pan African Education”.

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