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.