Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ghana will always be Ghana

I get so provoked everytime I hear people say that "this is not really Ghana" when they come over something modern, "western", something they can find back home, in the middle of exotic Africa.

If you are in an Irish pub in Osu, in a Chinese restaurant in Kumasi, if you drink a caffe latte or enjoy an air-conditioned tro-tro (donated by stanbic bank), does that mean it's not really Ghana? Should Ghana stay behind, being "african", have bumpy roads, slow internet, only local foods to offer visitors, and do things only the "traditional" way? Will we then be satisfied, we stupid westerners who think of Africa still as that myth of strange people in the jungle dancing rain dances and bang on their drums?

So when you go out in your hometown drinking a cappuchino and eating at the Mongolian restaurant.... is that not really your home either?
Pic is from Frankies Salad Lounge in Osu, Accra, Ghana....the world, the universe etc.

4 comments:

Maya said...

Good point Yngvild!
When the rest of the world develops, we look at it as a natural adaptation to modern times but when it happens in Ghana it's considered non-Ghanaian. Ghana is evolving and it's time we all accept it!

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Keep going this way, Yngvild, and you'll soon have an established school of thought with me as an avid disciple.

You are so clear-minded even when you're venting. Cool.

Yngvild said...

Thank you Maya :)

And Thank you, nana Yaw.
My school will start up in August 2009. Can you pay the school fees though? ;)

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