“I studied a bit of everything… [so] if I don’t have a job, and I have two or three art materials, [then] I can sculpt, I can draw, I can weave, I can sew…” explained Adwoa Boamah. In 2012, Adwoa graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi with a BA in Fine Arts — multimedia. Despite being one of the top three universities in Ghana, she was concerned about her ability to find a job.
“If I need money, I call on each of them. At the end of the day, I end up with a huge sum of money,” recounted Adwoa. She is the youngest of five children — three brothers and a sister. All of them are married. Her 75 year old father is a retired pastor and her mother passed last September of metastatic bone disease. She lives with her father in their house in Adenta Down.
Though she’s working for me, her primary goal is to find a husband and have three children. Adwoa is 25 years old; she will be 26 in two weeks.
When I asked her where she would like to meet her future husband, she offered the following:
“Not in tro tro… at least in taxi. You could see a well-dressed man going to work [in a tro tro] and just because of 10 pesewas you see him exchanging harsh words with the mate.” (The “mate” is the one who collects fares in a tro tro.) Her future husband, she explained, should at least have an apartment with appliances that they could live together in. He doesn’t have to have his own car but he needs to have a good job that they can pay the bills with and build a life on. He should make “at least 1,000 cedis per month.”
I’ve hired Adwoa to help me expand the scope of this blog. She used to work for me when I ran my company and I thought she could help me out. She was always positive, hard working, and a self-starter.
Reading the Daily Graphic, the Business Finance & Times, the Joy FM and Peace FM websites, I noticed there are few articles focusing on the “little guy.” Most of the news centers on politics, the Black Stars (national football team), celebrity gossip, local crime, and random sex headlines. There is very little about what’s it like to be a Ghanaian.
The response to the interview I had with Masao from the Sankofa Beach House was positive. Though I am not a Ghana’s greatest fan, I am cognizant that many other people love living here. I imagine I will continue talking to expats and returnees; Adwoa will be speaking to average Ghanaians.
I hope you enjoy their stories.