Six must see sights in Ghana

Originally posted on davecoles:
“Akwaaba! Wezo! Amaraba!” are all greetings you will hear when travelling in Ghana (they all mean “welcome” if you are not fluent in Ghana’s 75 languages). Ghana isn’t normally near the top of the list of places to visit as a tourist but as the Brandt Travel Guide states, “As travel…


African Natural Hair Journey: Crochet braiding in Ghana

My sister is currently in Ghana and she needed to do her crochet braids. Those who are dedicated to the natural hair journey will know that crochet braids are basically the latest trend in hairstyling for naturalistas (you don’t need natural hair in order to do it, but I’ve noticed the naturalistas love it at… Continue reading African Natural Hair Journey: Crochet braiding in Ghana

Getting the Young Diaspora to engage with Ghana, by a repat who left the country

When people hear that I moved to Ghana and then left again they often think it confirms their preconceptions about the country. I made two videos with The Only Way is Ghana about my experiences and why I chose to leave. Ghana is not easy to live in but no where is in the world.

I would hate for people to focus on reasons for leaving Ghana. My biggest decision was my motivation to move there in the first place!

I think the magic of the diaspora engagement story is not the idea of reverse migration – it isn’t in the success of repatriating and staying there – the magic is in choosing to be involved and launching that exciting adventurous experience which may mean you straddle across two or more countries.

(photo credit: Ernest Simons| Future of Ghana)

Slum Politics in Accra

I began the year with an out-of-the-blue request to speak at an event hosted by the Africa Research Institute. I don’t do this sort of thing regularly so needless to say I was uber nervous but either way it’s great being able to speak about Ghana from my own point of view and to use my time living in Ghana – documented on this blog – as the basis of my observations.

I also spoke to Akwantufuo Radio the following week about Ghana’s plan for the future and where the diaspora fit into it. When I sort out the audio I’ll share it on here. I’m open to critique, so please do let me know if I say anything you don’t agree with.

MOVIE ALERT: Ghana Must Go | Yvonne Okoro, Blossom Chukwujekwu

I remember some time back in April/May┬átime, I was sitting in Shisha Lounge, and in comes Blossom Chukwujekwu with his friends. The repats I was sitting with didn’t recognise him–they clearly are not watching enough modern Nollywood films. So there he was, turns out he was in town filming Ghana Must Go, the second movie… Continue reading MOVIE ALERT: Ghana Must Go | Yvonne Okoro, Blossom Chukwujekwu

World Migration | International Organization for Migration

My favourite discovery of the week is an app by the International Organisation of Migration. Apparently 2,117 Brits took the plunge to move to Ghana and are now living there. Obviously it doesn’t say how many of those were of Ghanaian heritage, but at least you know you’ve got a strong community around you. You’ll… Continue reading World Migration | International Organization for Migration