“Is that a Borlabie?” is an oft-heard question in some circles in Accra. That is because Ebenezer Borlabie, or simply Borlabie, is a prolific artist with his highly recognisable street scenes and galloping horsemen paintings. The story behind the horsemen, who are inspired by the Tuareg people of the Niger, is both amusing and serendipitous.…
It was one of the first places in Accra I went to that promised good coffee with ambiance. Melting Moments is a coffee shop cum cafe in Labone. The coffee is not all that great – I have been at pains to find a place that serves really good coffee in Accra.
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 end.
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 accordingly. Why the scores submitted in non-competitive games do not count is beyond me.
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,
Affable, confident and relaxed is how I found Nana Anoff, the artist. He willingly allowed me to spend a morning with him discussing his art, how he came to be an artist and the things that refresh him creatively.
Wanderlust: Who is Nana Anoff; painter or sculptor?
Painting is what he started off doing almost fifteen years ago; merely because he found himself in debt after a business venture gone wrong. He then worked briefly for a car rental company as the artist doing some of their marketing, the receptionist and the driver.
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 is a way we learn about one another.
Gelato in Accra! Ghana never ceases to amaze. My children, who have become my official reviewers of restaurants and places to go, and I have uncovered a gem of a place for real Italian ice-cream. Arlecchino opened its doors about a year ago promising real Italian ice-cream and we have as yet not been disappointed. The shop, though not that big, offers a wide display of varied flavours – which they will let you taste before you make your choice – that in itself is a treat.
The presence of South African companies in Ghana is growing by the day and the Ghana-South Africa Business Chamber is trying by all means to promote the potential bilateral business opportunities through a host of forums and social events.
Two years ago they hosted a wine-tasting evening at a re-launch of the Chamber after many years of a lull in activity. The current people at the helm of the Chamber appear proactive and eager to maintain the pace of activity through a host of social events for Ghanaian and South African businesses.