As a follow up to “From All Sides”, I want to explain that the reason I complain so much about Ghana is because I (mostly) enjoy living here. I find when you like something you want to make it better. If I didn’t like this place, I’d just leave. Let me count the ways: 1. Ghana/Accra is safe. I’ve been here for more than two years and I have yet to hear of a rampage. Because the US Constitution protects […]
A couple of friends have criticized that I am overly negative toward Ghana and Ghanaians. They say I have a warped view of their country and people. Their only defense is that perhaps I am treated differently because I am “white” or an obruni. “Yes, exactly!” that’s my answer. As a white person, I constantly feel like I am a target for tricks, scams, and sob stories. Business For instance, last year I was walking on the street to the A&C […]
“No matter what we’re doing on the outside, people respond primarily to how we’re feeling about them on the inside…” My friend Raymond came to visit last month. He heard me complaining about the challenges of working with Ghanaians and adapting to life in Ghana. I was making the usual remarks regarding timeliness, meaningless phrases, e.g. “I’m coming”, and an overall sense that expats are to be “chopped.” I know he thought it sounded very me vs. them. Maybe you’re […]
As a child, every time I left food on my plate, my father reminded me of the “starving children in Africa”. He threatened to take me to visit the poor areas of our city to show me that I should not waste food nor electricity nor money. He never made good on these “threats” but it’s ironic that I’m now living in Africa. Every day I am reminded of how fortunate I am. Eighty percent of the population earns less […]
Honestly, one of the things I constantly battle is loneliness. I live alone. During the day, work keeps me occupied with one problem or another. At night, however, there aren’t any distractions. French class has been helpful because the class size is small and I’ve gotten to know many people there. The only problem is everyone in that class is under 30. Earlier this year I joined Rotary. After going to several meetings, I decided to give up on the […]
Nothing is more satisfying than killing a blood-engorged mosquito. Every night I battle the mosquitos that enter my room during the day. My room doubles as a storage space for our inventory and as my sleeping space. It’s inevitable that some of these pesky creatures will enter when the door is left ajar. The mosquitoes don’t become active until 10pm or 11pm. They deftly fly in circuitous routes. Only when one buzzes outside my ear or after one has left […]
On a overcast Sunday afternoon, I met up with some long-time friends at a friend’s place in Aburi. The Aburi Hills are a retreat from the noise and heat of Accra. Even though it’s only a 40 minute ride from Accra, Aburi is considered the Eastern Region.