Monday, September 05, 2022

 Observations on Ghana after 29 months away

1. Very few people are masked, but most will  put on a mask in our house if asked.
2. There are frequent places with hand sanitizer.
2. 1. It is heartbreaking to see the steep fall of the local currency, the Cedi.
3. The weekday traffic is unbelievable, especially in the evenings. Road conditions are deplorable, and there is little official presence and continuous "roadwork." Cars 
drive  4 or 5 abreast, with no supervsion. Heading to the  Takoradi airport, traffic was    
completely blocked by a huge truck that fell over in what should have been the other lane on a muddy, impassable road, full of 
potholes, and ordinary people just sit passively in their cars for hours.
4.  Official roads are often bypassed  by "shortcuts" through muddy, unpaved, dangerous
      roads that do not really seem shorter,  and "workers" begging for handouts as they
      "work" to keep the roads passable.
5.  "Uber" in Ghana has proven unreliable. "Bolt" seems a bit better. Several times we have called Ubers who give us an arrival time and state that they are "here" when they are no where to  be found. 
6.  Despite all these things, people in Ghana are gracious, and generous in many ways.
7. They love loud music and have little sense of noise levels, whether during all night prayer
    meetings, workdays, or location (residential or commercial). Chickens crowing, dogs   
   barking at all hours are common.
8. Ghana appears nauseatingly "religious," but it is all too often a facade. Certainly there are good and pious people, but the political leaders and government officials appear to be  largely
     corrupt and out to make themselves rich while duping the public.
9. Loans and "big promises" and projects are a way of life, but there appears to be
    a lack of follow through and integrity.
10. Despite all this, Ghanaians can be unfailingly generous, courteous, cheerful, and kind.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

 August 26, 1972 to August 26, 2022

Fifty years ago (!), we married in Ghana. Almost 3 years ago we left Ghana abruptly when then-President Trump threatened to close the US borders.

It's good to be back. We spent several days at Lou Moon in the Axim area, and are now back in Tema at the house son DK (Yaw Dankwa) built decades ago as he began his architecture journey. All 3 children are now grown, along with our 2 adopted nephews, Sam and Ernest. Spouses and partners, and grandchildren (Kumiwah and Danso) have entered our lives.

My (Fran's) love affair with Ghanian cuisine continues, and after several years of covid, I am eager to pick up where I left off--3-d printing a line of adinkra cookie stamps and vegan, gluten-free, Ghana-friendly cookies/biscuits.

And cooking for more people than just Kwadwo and me ;-)

Hope to see you here again soon.

Fran Osseo-Asare