Friday, October 29, 2010

Banking 101

I remember wondering whether banking in Ghana was really as bad an experience as some expat-oriented websites warned before I moved here. It all sounded very ominous and downright scary.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Places in Ghana: Marvels Mini Golf

The mid-term break came and went quietly and we were not for a moment stuck for things to do.  There is plenty to do in Accra with young kids, at least up until the tweenie age - just a matter of knowing where to go.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Conversations in Ghana: Nana Anoff - Artist

Affable, confident and relaxed is how I found Nana Anoff, the artist. He willingly allowed me to spend a morning with him discussing his art, how he came to be an artist and the things that refresh him creatively.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

UN Day - Many Nations One Voice

Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Heritage Day (a.k.a National Braii Day) - all the typical celebrations in any expat community, in any country around the world, illustrating our differences,but to which we all gather in a bid to understand each other or just share a pint of beer or piece of boerewors. Whatever your take on it, it is a way we learn about one another.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gastronomy in Ghana: Arlecchino Gelateria Italiana

Gelato in Accra! Ghana never ceases to amaze. My children, who have become my official reviewers of restaurants and places to go, and I have uncovered a gem of a place for real Italian ice-cream.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Ghana-South Africa Business Chamber

The presence of South African companies in Ghana is growing by the day and the Ghana-South Africa Business Chamber is trying by all means to promote the potential bilateral business opportunities through a host of forums and social events.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Pink Month

I have not been inundated with emails from friends, acquaintances or companies calling for my support of Breast Cancer Month and asking me to display, just for this month, my pink ribbon either on my screen saver, my being or anywhere really where I can be reminded of the global efforts in the fight against breast cancer.
I am rather dismayed by this. The rest of the world is complaining about Pink Ribbon fatigue, but Ghana is nowhere close to even raising levels of awareness to such heights.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guilty by Association

The detention of the wife of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo; whose awarding of the Prize by the Nobel Committee this year has been mired in controversy, is further affirmation that when it comes to issues political, one can be found guilty by mere association as much of the world's history has illustrated.
Similarly is the company one keeps in the very small expat circles in Accra, which provide a microcosmic perspective of the world at large.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gastronomy in Ghana: Mamma Mia's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Sunday in our house is and has always been the day we either go all out; making a Sunday lunch with all the trimmings or going out for lunch.
Pizza Sundays have become quite popular with us venturing out to one of Ghana's best pizzerias. They have an open kitchen where you can watch the entire process from the making of the bases to the baking of the pizza, and they use a wood-fired oven.
Mamma Mia's in Osu, Accra is a almost a cliche in the way it is so very Italian.
The gingham red and white tablecloths, the Italian flag at the bar (which I noticed was missing yesterday), its support of all things Italian and its very cheery Italian owner.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Charley...Do you chew fufu with a spoon?

Maaha (pr. Maa-ha) - Good Afternoon!
Now that I have almost lost the Obroni tag; I am now looking to have more than the basic Twi in my repertoire of languages.
I started Twi lessons again this morning. Our group was meant to use the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, but we have now moved to a different venue. We're a small group of eight with a Twi teacher determined to have us writing theses in Twi before the year is out. Who said slave driver?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

An injection of International culture

There is always something going on in Accra, whether it's a classical music concert or a car launch - yes I know, a car launch. I have also been invited to the launch of a new make of Fruit Juice by a very reputable bottling company...yes, right up there with the opening of an envelope....