Ghana: Accra

  Accra is one of those great chaotic, overwhelming African cities whose defining characteristic seems to be the extreme contrast which exists at every level. The spectacular Mc Mansions of the diplomatic district coexisting with the squatters just across the street who let their goats roam freely onto their well manicured lawns. Fancy restaurants surrounded by(…)

Ghana: Forts of the Gold Coast

  The European powers which established themselves on the Gold Coast from the 15th century projected their power through networks of forts built along the coast. The Portuguese built St George’s Castle at Elmina in 1482, which makes it Africa’s oldest European building. They initially traded gold and ivory with the local kingdoms. They dominated(…)

Ghana: Christmas at the Centre of the World

  Ghana is situated closer to the centre of the world than any other country. The Equator and the Greenwich Meridian meet there. The run-up to Christmas was a bit depressing. We spent the first three weeks of December in the back  country of Togo, Benin and Ghana, which gave us a fascinating insight into(…)

A new strategy for growth in Africa (and it’s easy !)

  There are only a few things which give sub-Saharan Africa a sense of common identity. One of them is police road blocks. Every road in every country we visited has police road blocks, often many of them. Typically they consist of a flimsy piece of wood flung across two empty metal barrels. But we(…)

Ghana: World’s biggest market ?

  Kejetia market in Kumasi lends itself to superlatives. West Africa’s largest, with more than 10,000 traders selling every possible product. Probably the world’s most crowded market- full of narrow lanes where fierce “porter” aunties plough their way through every obstacle, physical or human, with shrill cries of “ago, ago” (make way !) seconds before(…)