My business is based on a successful American concept. My business offers high quality product rental and delivery. One of the challenges is explaining to customers that we are renting not selling. Since the business is a subscription model, it is very important to make sure that customers are happy. Things are actually doing much better. From the low in August, membership has nearly doubled. Most of the growth has been from convincing old customers to return. I’ve incentivized everyone […]
Ever since I saw my friend post that he was arrested on Facebook for riding his bike in a public park, I have been reading up on how I should behave in front of police. Because, frankly, I don’t know any police officers. I don’t know how they think, how criminal law works, nor do I know the appropriate way of extracting myself from situations with them. I do know that getting arrested can seriously mess up your life because […]
In April 2011, I met my first friend in Ghana, Matthew Engmann, quite by accident at the Lavender Lodge in Airport Residential. Matthew is a Ghanaian who studied in the UK and has spent the last 15 years working at investment banks in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. We were both eating brunch at one big table. I started a conversation about nothing in particular but we ended up talking for a couple of hours. All the good people I […]
One of the good things I like about Accra is that with a little bit of money you can see some interesting things. A friend suggested I check out the runway show for Ghana Fashion and Design Week at the Movenpick Hotel. VIP tickets (1st and 2nd rows) were 100 cedis ($50) and regular tickets were 50 cedis ($25). I opted for the latter. I am impressed there is even a fashion “scene” in Accra. With a population of 2.27 […]
I’ve seen this house before… Most Ghanaian houses are built with concrete — not wood. Yesterday I went to my friend’s house for her 3-year old son’s birthday party. I knew her husband was Joe Osae-Addo, a renowned architect. Turns out the house was featured in a 2007 issue of Dwell magazine. My pictures won’t do the house justice so I’ve “borrowed” them from the magazine’s.
Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t take tro tro. Tro tro are the buses that average Ghanaians rely on to get around town. Tro are owned by individuals who may or may not be former army officers. They run from 4:30am to 6:30pm. It’s pretty hard to find them after 7pm. Tro are extremely economical. Teresa can get from her home in Kasoa to my office in East Legon for 4 cedis ($2). That ride would cost 30 cedis ($15) by […]
Abuse of power seems to be the theme in Ghana. My staff, my friend’s female worker, and female friends all seem convinced that men with the power to hire regularly make sex a requisite to being hired. One lady said that at some tertiary institutions admission also involves sexual quid pro quo. Apparently, high school teachers also use their position to take advantage of their students. One of my staffers, Teresa, recounted how she was interested in working for […]