“We told the white missionary that we had such fables too, but kept them for the entertainment of those yet growing up — fables of gods and devils and a supreme being above everything. We told him we knew soft minds needed such illusions, but that when any mind grew among us to adulthood it grew beyond these fables and came to understand that there is indeed a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to shape the physical universe, but that that force is not something that is cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is an energy in us, strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.”—Ayi Kwei Armah (via fit-free-rbg)
In the 1920s advertising was a new phenomenon in Ghana; later it contributed to new attitudes and tastes of a new elite at the time of Independence. Advertising by means of magic was widely used in the past by indigenous sellers and juju-men to enhance the power of the ‘seller-magician’, a…
Ghana is fast becoming a mecca for black Americans who are looking for lucrative opportunities in a new environment.
the article should really be called “how you can find yourself in an exotic African country that’s not too African”
it reads like Ghana is the special place that’s managed to advance unlike those backwards African countries. i mean it’ll be annoying to not have constant water and electricity all the time like in the Great West but the sure the locals are lovely.
African-Americans will enjoy making a life in a place that will make them feel connected and celebrated in a way that they probably don’t fully enjoy in the U.S. as “minorities.” Local chiefs are often more than willing to grant prized land and other resources to budding entrepreneurs interested in real estate development, or other commercial ventures. This could also lead to a lucrative life in farming – or “agribusiness” – for those interested in a totally new, yet viable way of making a living.
right because, farming is totally cool and exotic way of living. what do people think of the article?
I view the article differently. There is some paternalism in the tone of the author (who is a Nigerian based on her name btw). I think she could have worded herself in a more concise manner, but overall, I get the gist of what she’s trying to say.
1. I take no issue with African-Americans making a new life in Ghana. I know some. One of them is my mentor who is retired. He moved to Ghana several years ago with his wife who is Ghanaian. She had lived in the US since the early 70s. After they both retired, they wanted a slower paced life, and decided to move to Ghana. Their retirement savings goes a long way there as well. For all inclusive purposes, their lives are much better. And they do indeed farm.
2. If you were to emigrate to a new country, realistically speaking, most people would move to a place where they can make an easy transition. Who intentionally seeks hardship? I don’t think taking the easier road in this regard is a bad thing. People emigrate for a better life, or the opportunity for a better life. When Africans emigrate to countries outside of Africa, is this too not part of the rationale as well? Who leaves their home country for more hardship? The less headaches and things to worry about, the better.
3. When the time comes, you can bet your life that I envision myself relaxing, and living the easy life. I too intend to live out the rest of my days as gracefully and headache free as possible, and that would probably include some farming. Ideally, in my father’s village, but I’m not beholden to that place alone. They are many places on the continent that I can go to, permitting that oil companies, monsanto and the rest of the multinational corporations haven’t destroyed everything by then.
I think it depends entirely on the rational for emigrating—education, career, finances, love, asylum, retirement, and so on.
I agree that no one wants “more hardship”, but I think that “different”—not more or less—headaches appear that a lot of people may not be prepared for. But my experience is only as a US citizen who has settled in Europe. That said, I know plenty Africans who have settled in Europe, and I think we all agree that the entire experience amounts to tradeoffs we are quite willing to make, for whatever reason, and can be assessed on a sliding scale from “Best Decision I Ever Made in My Life” to “Just One More Thing and I’m Out of Here.”