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,
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.
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.
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 breast cancer. I am rather dismayed by this. The rest of the world is complaining about Pink Ribbon fatigue, but Ghana is nowhere close to even raising levels of awareness to such heights.
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 company one keeps in the very small expat circles in Accra, which provide a microcosmic perspective of the world at large.
Maaha (pr. Maa-ha) – Good Afternoon!
Now that I have almost lost the Obroni tag; I am now looking to have more than the basic Twi in my repertoire of languages.
I started Twi lessons again this morning. Our group was meant to use the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, but we have now moved to a different venue. We’re a small group of eight with a Twi teacher determined to have us writing theses in Twi before the year is out. Who said slave driver?
The Ghana 2010 Population and Housing Census is underway and I have been counted. The enumerator that came to our household was on time, professional and efficient. The interview lasted all of 20 minutes.
Getting to the gym is the one thing in my calendar that I have to stay committed to. I make it a point to make it regularly – not just for my weight; which has been tipping the scales on the heav(ier) side since the holidays, but for my sanity. It is the one place I find some respite from this sometimes crazy world and where for at least one hour I can tune out completely and let the moment be about me completing my virtual 5km race or summiting Kilimajaro. Here are a number of places, that I have tried and some that have been recommended.
Now that the school holidays are almost over and the madness of getting school uniforms and sorting out stationery kicks in it has hit me how convenience is not a word one can easily associate with living in Ghana. Yes, admittedly in as far as living in Africa goes, Ghana is ‘Africa for Beginners’, but there are constant reminders that convenience is hard to come by at times.