It was nice to Skype Jamie in Accra the other night, and see pictures of the house he’s renting. One of the things he mentioned was how relatively well the economy of Ghana is doing, with high growth rates over the past few years. All it seems to have needed for things to have taken off is a stable democratic government, plus of course the development of new resources.
The new wealth will take time to work its way through the economy, but it is good that there are new developments in the country and that many things are obviously different from what we sometimes encountered during our time in Africa, twenty years and more ago.
Too often, the only images we see of Africa today are of very poor people in dire need. There are plenty like that, of course, but there seems to also be a new vitality in many African countries. A lot still remains to be done.