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'Technorogy'

Hei! It has taken me up till this week to get in step with the way technology works in Ghana. Cell phone conversations are fast, internet connections are slow, TV stations end their transmissions (albeit it briefly until the generator kicks on) when the lights go…

Akosombo

This weekend, I spent the most amazing time in Akosombo with my BFFFL (Best Friend For Frikkin' Life!), Nana Darkoa. Her Rotary club was conducting a 5K sponsored walk to benefit children. What those benefits were, I do not know, because there was no mention of…

Part 2: Perpetually Insane

This past Saturday, the girls and I took a trip to Takoradi. El asked if Perpetual was coming along to be of some help and I told her no. I wasn't sure what our accommodations would be like. It was just as well, because El needed Perpetual's…

A Perpetual Saga

Since coming to Ghana, I have become addicted to Nigerian dramas. They are my guilty pleasures, with story lines that by mandate must feature a mixture of at least two of the following: a ghost, a death, a robbery, a pregnancy, an arrest, a fight…

Takoradi

Yesterday the girls and I took our first trip out of town to Takoradi, a city about 3 hours outside of Accra. The trip there served as a reminder of why I love GHANA. As we pulled out of the bus station, I realized my…

Together Through Tontoh

Last night I went to the Mac Tontoh tribute concert. I thought it was going to be just another social event where new Afropoitlans, the 'who's whose' and those wanting to be "who's" would converge, pose, and pretend to represent the "average" Ghanaian while deep…

Bitter Grass on the Other Side

Today I was alarmed to discover that not only will I never be able to live in Ghana, but after this visit I am very unlikely to make any effort to ever return, even for a short visit. If I do, the circumstances leading to…

“Breaking” a Beggar

Break, def: to “block”; to thwart; to speak disparagingly of to a third party in order to completely ruin a person’s lofty goals. Last Saturday I went to the Accra Mall with the girls so that they could play in the outdoor playground and to…

Oh.

I don't even know how to title this post. "Oh" says it all. Please allow me elucidate on the circumstances that threaten to bring me to total grief. Anyone who knows my father knows that he is anti-house help. He grew up washing his own…

Chasing Chickens

Although she's had a harder time adjusting to life in Ghana, my oldest daughter Nadjah has begun to receive all the benefits that I'd hoped she would. She's learning to listen, not to talk back to adults, to be a little kinder - and most…