Now that I have reliable Internet access and relatively stable power and water, I feel increasingly divorced from Ghana. My business has shut down; all but one of my former staff have been dismissed; I work New York hours.
Last week, my schedule shifted such that I slept at 4 or 5am and woke around 11 am. In a way, I preferred it because I could work undisturbed late at night; however, it made visiting friends and handling errands difficult. So this week I’ve shifted my hours back to Ghana time. I’m sleeping around 10 pm to 12 am and waking up around 6am to 8am.
By pivoting back to New York time, tracking the markets, and reading The Economist and more American press, I’m afraid I’ve become a boring subject of this blog. I’m no longer pushing myself to experience more of what Ghana has to offer. Moreover, I don’t want to repeat my rants nor frustrations of living in this country.
And yet, I still want to learn more about Ghana and the lives of Ghanaians. A few weeks back, I commented that I had given up on trying to transform Mutala, my former driver, into a junior junior “analyst.” But that didn’t mean I gave up on him. Though he lacked the math skills I required, I believed he had the desire to be more than a driver. Instead of helping me with my work, I decided Mutala could assist me expand the scope of this blog.
A few weeks ago, Mutala helped me set up an interview with Bukom Banku, a famous local boxer. At first, Banku was happy to do the interview for free; however, when Banku met me…Let’s just say that Ghanaians treat their fellow Ghanaians differently from foreigners. They are more “real” with their compatriots.
I decided we would collaborate to write more extensive articles. Mutala read the first half of Lawrence Grobel’s The Art of the Interview and I equipped him with a tape recorder and notebook. He would find interview subjects, prepare questions, and transcribe the tape recorded sessions while I would take this information and fashion it into an article.
I will continue to write about my observations here but I hope to catalogue the lives of Ghanaians in these posts. Mutala is out “on assignment” this week and I hope by next week, we’ll have something to share with all of you. We have several topics that I think you will be interested in.