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Monday, January 12, 2009

Akwaaba - Lessons from Accra (mini update)



Was in Ghana for the first time last weekend and I learnt that:


- there is a certain poetic justice in watching Nigerians lift "Ghana Must Go" bags from the conveyor belt at the International airport in Accra.


- good roads and electricity are not displays of oyinbo winch - launching space rockets are.


- you can have an organised airport in West Africa... where taxis queue close to the exit


- you can brand a country! Selling Kente, Woodin and writing "Akwaaba" on all the notice boards could be starting points... however investing a bit in tourism won't hurt any.


- you can walk around at night without looking over your shoulders for homicidal armed robbers who only want your mobile phone and then your life.


- wearing hotpants in broad daylight is not considered conspiracy against the government and will not get you arrested.


- it doesn't matter how dilapidated taxis are, just ensure their brakes and their stereos are working well. You get extra points for louder speakers.


- pedestrains have rights and traffic rules are not so silly afterall.


- sun tan lotion is something you should pack along with swimsuits irrespective of skin colour


- if you can't pronounce its name, don't eat it or drink it by the way.


17 more steps:

Robyn said...

lol.1st of all ill claim the socks on this one.secondly ill visit Ghana sometime its a passion of mine to go where i have never been.i love,,i love,,the early update

FFF said...

i observed all & every of the points u made. but somehow i still failed to see how Ghana was better pass us. well, forgive me. i was comparing Ghana to Abuja. but den again, like i say 2 my friends, abuja is a 'false city'. it's nothing like d rest of nigeria, mostly though. 2weeks of living in lagos, am at d verge of pulling my hairs out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFF said...

btw i hope am first

bumight said...

lol @ ur lessons. the most important one for me is;

- if you can't pronounce its name, don't eat it or drink it by the way.

QMoney said...

am wat??5th!!

rethots said...

...so you shall have to join in the revolution of changing our dear country Nigeria.

Happy New Year

Stani said...

nice lessons here - i am still lafing " --'- wearing hotpants in broad daylight is not considered conspiracy against the government and will not get you arrested.' who ever started all that agro against women in naija of all places should be behind bars!

princesa said...

Enjoy ur stay in Ghana dear but why u no carry me go na?:(

StandTall-The Activist said...

You just stated my Ghana experience in few lines o. They call that bag “Nigeria must go” in Ghana (lol).

God help Nigeria. May He teach us to help ourselves!

What did you bring for me?

StandTall-The Activist said...

FFF: you know Ghana is a country and Abuja is just a state that got lucky cos it's the FCT. If you compare Ghana with Nigeria as a whole, hmmm you will be able to tell the difference

And the light! It's so good there?

Miss Definitely Maybe said...

LOL
never been to Ghana
bnut will defniitely go
on my list of 100 things to do before I die
is to visit every single african country

NigerianDramaQueen said...

You can find all these things in Abuja! Well minus the kente cloth, and perhaps branding in general...

Lol@ not eating anything you cant pronounce! and I cracked up reading:
"good roads and electricity are not displays of oyinbo winch - launching space rockets are"

doug said...

- if you can't pronounce its name, don't eat it or drink it by the way.

I toooooootally agree. When its in your stomach there's no going back.

doug said...

Comment moderation sucks!

OluwaDee said...

Spot on.
Observed everything when I was there last year.

I din't try the local food. I'm not so adventurous

Robyn said...

oohhh cmon,,,we need your attention

miz-cynic said...

ur so right. iv been to ghana too withn my ex...one day a taximan was carrying us and his shafts kept creaking yet each time he wanted to turn he'll turn "his hand" a full 360 degres ..i was giggling and my ex had to say...."charlie,is it that sheft(shaft) is very chirp(cheap) here in ghana"....i burst out laffing....cos he said it in their ghanian accent

 
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