I am often asked, “Besides Ghana, what’s your favorite country in Africa?” Each and every time my response is, “Ghana!” 🙂 My love affair with Ghana is real. It all began in the summer of 2014 after I reached out to a random stranger whom I saw on a CNN program. (You now know that’s my thing!) After securing an internship, I booked a one-way flight to Accra to allow flexibility of traveling around the region. I dashed through Hong Kong Airport only to be interrogated once I arrived at the airlines counter for check-in. “You cannot have a one-way flight to Ghana” they said. “Where is your return ticket?” “You need to purchase or show means of purchasing a return ticket.” I removed my credit cards from my wallet and placed them on the counter before replying, “I am not going to stay there forever.” What I did not know then was that a few months later, I would be a flight risk. I seriously flirted with the idea of staying past my visa expiration date and becoming an illegal Ghanaian resident. 🙂 My only deterrent was that I had one more semester of business school before graduation.
Accra was my introduction to West Africa but I promise that this is not the reason for my bias. I just love that place like cooked food. My first summer there was epic. Ghana was playing in the world cup and the energy was insane. I had taxi drivers saying, “Madame I cannot take you there, de match ‘bout to start.” 🙂 I quickly realized that I would need to move around the city before or after soccer matches. Drivers were ending trips mid route to cheer Ghana on. Did I already mention that the energy was insane? – I mean, that’s when I officially became a Ghanaian! haha