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 […]
Based on the formal definition of “recession” – two consecutive quarters of negative growth – Ghana’s economy technically does not qualify. If you ask the man on the street, however, he is just “managing.” Data from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) states that Ghana’s GDP growth rate was a negative 3.1 percent in the 2Q 2013. This is in line with anecdotes that business activity in the run-up to the August 29th Supreme Court decision on the 2012 presidential election […]
“France is in Africa to make Frenchmen out of the Africans,” explains Derwent Whittlesey in the January 1937 edition of Foreign Affairs. Having lived in Ghana, I am aware that the country is surrounded by French speaking countries — Cote D’Ivoire to the West, Burkina Faso to the North, Togo to the East. Further inland there are a bunch of French speaking countries like Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, Benin, Senegal. Every so often I meet an Ivorian/Burkinabé/Nigerien and just assume they are […]
In the most recent issue of Harvard Business Review, Jonathan Berman of Dalberg offers “Seven Reasons Why Africa’s Time is Now“. His reasons are as follows: It’s a huge market opportunity It’s increasingly stable Intra-African trade is in its infancy It will soon have the largest workforce Twenty percent of government spending goes toward education Mobile is exploding It contains most of the world’s uncultivated cropland At 30,000 feet, many of Berman’s claims seem to compelling. In fact, three years […]
I have become an accidental student of black women’s hair. And let me tell you, there’s a lot to learn. Unlike “white people” (everyone else on the planet), black people are either blessed or cursed with kinky hair. Based on how much time and money devoted to hiding, straightening, and manipulating their natural hair, the consensus seems to be on the latter. (Oddly enough, it’s acceptable for girls up to junior high school to wear their hair as men do.) […]
This graphic characterizes the size of Africa for outsiders. Before coming here, I didn’t really appreciate how big the continent was. In a way, the continent is sparsely populated when you consider it “only” has 1 billion or so people.