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…

The Ghana-South Africa Business Chamber

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…

The Pink Month

I have not been inundated with emails from friends, acquaintances or companies calling for my support of Breast Cancer Month and asking me to display, just for this month, my pink ribbon either on my screen saver, my being or anywhere really where I can be reminded of the global efforts in the fight against…

Guilty by Association

The detention of the wife of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo; whose awarding of the Prize by the Nobel Committee this year has been mired in controversy, is further affirmation that when it comes to issues political, one can be found guilty by mere association as much of the world’s history has illustrated. Similarly is the…