Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, Nketia Center for Africana Studies

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2016
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Makerere Univeristy
The Practice of Sakawa (Cybercrime) and illicit drug use among Muslim Youth in Zongo Communities in Accra: Emerging security threat to Ghana's democracy

While there is no gainsaying that cybercrime, known in Ghana as Sakawa, and consumption of illicit drugs pose a major threat to Ghana's security, there is a paucity of research on these phenomena. Since Sakawa and illicit drug use are sometimes shrouded in secrecy, and usually occultic in disposition, the few research works available on these practices are based on hearsay and speculations, thus distorting intellectual discourses on the practices. Coming from a Muslim-dominated community in Accra, where these practices are entrenched and prevalent, I seek to pursue an ethnographic study to explore the complexities associated with Sakawa and illicit drug use. And since Ghana ranks high in the world as a country where Sakawa and illicit drug consumption are rampant, the study seeks to explore the sociology of these practices. Knowledge gained from the study will help streamline policies on the practice.