Places in Ghana: Uzuri

Uzuri, meaning ‘Goodness’ in Swahili is a newly-opened gift shop in Labone that stocks a wide variety of beaded sandals, woven handbags, kikoy cloth, earrings and decorative beaded pieces all sourced from Kenya. It’s owner, and true entrepreneur  Caroline Ochieng, who has brought with her a bit of East Africa to West Africa opened shop in…

A ship in harbour

I was on a warship on Monday night and it was quite an experience. Yes, it was docked and floating at zero knots – but I was on a ship that has been at sea for the past seven months – stopping at various ports around the world…the wanderlust in me was thrilled to no…

Golf in the tropics

I was invited to play in a Golf Tournament this past Saturday. I have never played in as many golf tournaments as I have since moving to Accra. In Ghana, if you are a golfer, you must play in tournaments. Why? Well this is the only way to guarantee that your handicap will be adjusted…

Banking 101

I remember wondering whether banking in Ghana was really as bad an experience as some expat-oriented websites warned before I moved here. It all sounded very ominous and downright scary. There were accounts detailing experiences with ATMs that copied bank account details and proceeded to empty accounts once users were done,

UN Day – Many Nations One Voice

Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Heritage Day (a.k.a National Braii Day) – all the typical celebrations in any expat community, in any country around the world, illustrating our differences,but to which we all gather in a bid to understand each other or just share a pint of beer or piece of boerewors. Whatever your take on it, it…