The title of the song by Dorothy Masuka is “I want to go to Ghana”. On Thursday, Jamie goes to Ghana for a two-year contract, to work for the government there. Kat will follow in a couple of weeks.
I thought I might be able to pass on some advice, but I’m very out of date about such things as living and working in Africa. Everything has changed a lot in the twenty years since we left Botswana, and even more so since we left Malawi in 1985. When we set off for Malawi, we sent our luggage on by ship, and it contained most of the clothes, electrical goods and other things that we’d need for the next two years.
Nowadays you can buy most of what you need anywhere, and telecommunications are far better as well. Accra is a much larger place than either Zomba or Gaborone.
Nevertheless, it is all go here just now as Jamie packs his various bags, and gets the necessary documentation and other things in place.
We will hope to visit them sometime next year.
Chinua Achebe once said that Africa has always been a rich continent for the ‘smart and the lucky’. Jamie is both, so I reckon he’ll do OK there.
I read that quote from Achebe in Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, by Richard Dowden, an immensely impressive book, which you must read.