4 Shocking Things I Noticed While In Ghana
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So this past weekend I visited Ghana for this TEDx Conference. And while I stayed on a University Campus for only 3 days, I was able to notice somethings that were really shocking. So shocking, that I was tugging my host, like “did you see that!” Here are a list of the 4 most shocking things I saw in Ghana.
1. White People Walking/Driving Around Town With No Escorts
I mean when we saw them walking around the streets of Cape Coast at 2am at night, I thought it was just an error, then I saw them again in Accra! White people, just walking around without a care in the world. It was quite scary, like a Zombie movie except this was real life!
2. No Road Checkpoints
We drove from Cape Coast to Accra, which is about a 150 kilometers for over 2 hours and during that time I did not see a single check point! Not one single one, maybe I overslept or had too much to drink, but I swear … there was no road safety, no military or army, no police check point, no customs officers, nothing. Maybe it was a Ghanaian public holiday for public officials or maybe the officials had gone out partying …
3. Lots of Empty Filling Stations
We saw an empty filling station and it reminded me of Fuel Scarcity at home … up until the point a car drove into the station and bought fuel just like that!
All over the city they were empty filling stations selling fuel to about 2-3 cars at a time, there were no kegs, no fighting, no long lines, no screaming or shouting. Just enter and buy fuel. #boring
I was almost tempted to buy some fuel and take with me as a souvenir in my Ghana-must-go-bag … but I changed my mind in the last minute.
4. Jollof Rice
I think Ghana is going through some sort of pepper or salt shortage or it could be a spice shortage in general. Because when I ate their Jollof rice, I thought I was eating paper.
I don’t know what is going on there. But with the spice drought in Ghana, I see a big business opportunity for Nigerian’s to export premium spices to Ghana … think ofilispices.com. I will start typing up my Business Plan as soon as NEPA brings the light …
My trip was quite CRAZY for many reasons, from the things I observed to the things I experienced. I am just glad to be back home in Nigeria where things are normal … such as packed filling stations, road blocks at every corner of the city and sweet spicy jollof rice!
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