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 …

Back Home

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!

twitterWords by Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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Author: Ofili

Words by Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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22 comments on “4 Shocking Things I Noticed While In Ghana

  1. Omooba on said:

    Oh dear! You got me at the jollof rice spices…

    It’s really a sad commentary on the state of the Nigerian nation.

  2. Chukwuma on said:

    Buhahahaaaaaaaaaaaa #ghanajollof nna mehnnnnnn I’m relocating too ghana just because of the other things…

  3. Jeffrey Jude
    Jeffrey Jude on said:

    Lol… Really funny….
    Ofili you’ve not yet replied my email ooo…. I’m still waiting…

  4. Hahabaha very funny you should brought the souvenir(fuel) and Sell it here @ home or use it for generator so dt u can write ur business proposal

  5. Even Nigerians who are a bit rich can hardly drive without escorts talk less of whites. Na our open eye for money cause our problem. Nice piece though.

  6. Christian chinedu on said:

    Ofili, compliments. I reckon your experience would have been even more shocking, but for the influx of Nigerians in recent years. I suppose it is still a peaceful country though. God bless Nigeria.

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