Friday, April 23, 2010

10 Life Lessons from Ghana - Lesson 1

It's been a year and a half since I moved to Ghana. In that time, I've learned a few things about life which  I'm going to share with you over the next 10 days.  This being the first day, I should give you some background before launching into lesson number 1.


On 31st August 2008 when I got on the one-way flight to Ghana from the US, I had less than $50 to my name. I had no work experience. Or a family name or connections. All I had was a job I was excited about, a family I hoped to finally get to know, and the most supportive boyfriend in the world.

And friends

Some of whom confused me. By saying the things I wanted to hear yet practicing the exact opposite, it left me a bit confused. For example I wondered how they could push me toward a choice they were themselves not yet willing to make. How could they encourage me to move to Ghana without work experience when they themselves found it expedient to gain experience first? How could they ask me to go with only $50 in my pocket when they were themselves saving up towards the same trip? Maybe they were trying to be supportive but werent friends supposed to first tell you if they thought you were doing the right thing but at the wrong time, and then be supportive if you insisted on leaving? Maybe they believed in the move but didn't think it should be made without ample preparation? And if so, why wouldn't they say that?

Yet I moved.

And in doing so, learned my first lesson about life. It's not about your friends. You don't let anyone tell you how to live your life. They're also jus trying to figure it out. They don't know any better than you. So lesson one is...

1. Do it for you - aka live your life!

I could give you many reasons why it was good for me to move. In the last 18 months, whenever people have asked me why I moved, I've given reasons like my dream job was here, I wanted to contribute towards national development, I wanted spend more time with my family and so on. And all these are true but by themselves, they were not reason enough to compel me to move. Don't get me wrong, I probably wouldn't have moved if I hadn't found the job that I did. I probably wouldn't have moved if I wasn't so concerned about national development or if I didn't have siblings so much younger than me. But they were not sufficient reason to move.

Whilst these reasons sound altruistic and good, the thing that clinched it for me was purely selfish; I wanted to live my life now and I could see no way to live it in the US. That's it.

Grad school was life-changing for me. It taught me that I needed to live my dreams and I needed to live them now. Not tomorrow, not ten years later. But now. And everything I wanted to do with my life, was in Ghana. I also wanted to be a pioneer of some sort. I'd come out of college feeling that I could do anything. Be anything I wanted to be. By the time I finished grad. school, I'd learned that I had to make my own path. You don't get training to be Bill Gates. Or Mahatma Ghandi. Or Kwame Nkrumah. Truly great people go where no one has gone and leave a trail. This for me shot down the whole argument about needing US training or work experience or whatever. I felt that I was never going to need that experience.

I realized that not everyone shared my new found belief that everyday of one's life had to be lived and lived hard. Not everyone rejected the idea of working on things they didn't necessarily care about if it meant they could save some money and gain work experience. Basically some people had a higher tolerance for pain. They could endure an unexciting job if it in some way gave them a means to a better tomorrow. I could not. I needed everyday to be meaningful, stimulating, action-packed and fun! These were my needs

It's not everyone who has these needs. It's not everybody who is not happy with life abroad. Some people actually love it there, and for them, it makes no sense to leave a life they love to move to Ghana. Asking that of them would be like asking me now to move to America. Why would you ever do that to someone?

So yes, lesson number one. Do it for you. Ask yourself what you want out of life and then align your decisions to achieve that end. If you're happy where you are and with what you're doing, stay put.

For me, I expected life to happen now. I needed to be stoked. I wanted to be happy. I knew my life could end anytime and so I wanted to make the most of now. And so I chose the path that satisfied that personal need.

Also, I read up on how businesses like Databank begun and realised you can achieve success even if you start small. That in fact, starting small allowed you to make mistakes that would not be financially crippling. So by the time you had actually made a million dollars, you'd know where to invest it, and who you could trust with it. Additionally, I'd become a full believer in self-reliance and felt that starting a business with money from abroad defeated the whole argument that Ghanaians could do it in Ghana. So it was also a bit of foolish but fun challenge to myself to answer the question. Can you come to Ghana with nothing, and in say 20 years build a global business?

Is it possible?

And if it is, then that would be a really inspiring story for the millions of young people in Ghana. I still don't know the answer to that, but my suspicion is that it can be done. These were my beliefs, so my decisions will be based on those beliefs. Not everyone believes these things. There are some people who will say they do, but when they have to act on it, they realise it's not really something they're convinced about. So the lesson there is, live your life. Do things according to your beliefs. If someone is able to convince you to share their beliefs, then you can do as they tell you. Until then, ask yourself what you want. What do you believe? What kind of life do you want? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Do you want to be CEO of Google? For me, what helps is that I have this nasty habit of constantly asking myself why? why do we do the things we do and is there a way to get to the same destination without doing what you're doing now? It helps me keep things in perspective.

For example one of my friends...a Wharton MBA once told me on his visit to Ghana...look at me working so hard, trying to get into Wharton,doing this, doing that, trying to make money because i want to move to Ghana to start a business. Then I come home and find students from Ashesi who starting with nothing, are running their own businesses, and gaining first hand experience doing the exact same thing i'm still prepping to be able to do and I ask. What's the point of the MBA when someone who doesn't have it is doing it and i still don't have the confidence to throw off my crutches and begin? 

Good point.

But in the end, if what you're doing feels right. If you're doing it for you.If you're living the life you want, then I think you're cool. For me, moving back was a first step in living in the now and not postponing the life I actually wanted. I wanted to be here, live here, build businesses here, have babies here...hehe. For me, moving to Ghana was not a sacrifice. It was a gain. It has to be, for it to be worthwhile for you.

Sometimes people say all sorts of things to make it seem like they're sacrificing when they move home. I used to think this too, but that's not actually true. It is never a sacrifice or you wouldn't be moving. And i'm going to get into trouble for saying this but nobody loves Ghana that much. Let me break it down for you.

People move for all sorts of reasons. They move because they're unhappy with their lives there and want a better life in Ghana. How is that a sacrifice? It isn't. You're actually gaining. People move because they've made enough money but don't want to keep living the life of work work work. They're now ready to settle down and make a family and they wish to do it in Ghana. Please...that's not a sacrifice. You're gaining. Then there are people who move to pursue business opportunities in Ghana. Yes, i sacrificed a paycut when i came home, but I only did that because I think the sum total of everything being in Ghana gives me is worth more to me than the money i'd be making. Infact, if you look at it critically and account for cost of living, you may well find that the pay cut isn't all that much. So how am I sacrificing? I'm not.

When people talk of moving home as a sacrifice, it perpetuates the image of a poor africa in need of help, but that's not actually the reality. Just like people move to america in search of opportunity, the Africa's children who move back home are doing it because they see opportunities here you do not yet see. People keep saying Dr. Frimpong-Boateng and Prof. Akosa sacrificed a paycut when they moved home, and that is true, but what they forget to say is that they gained so much more. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng capitalised on an opportunity to be the guy to set up Ghana's first cardio Korle-Bu Cardio-thoracic centre and now instead of just  being another rich Ghanaian doctor in Germany, he's a celebrated son of Ghana. How is that a sacrifice?  He chose significance ove money but i'm sure he gets paid enough even in Ghana.

I'll be doing a separate blog post about this because I think BBC and other news channels that seem so surprised that Africans move back home have gotten it twisted. They focus too much on the fact that people are coming home to contribute, but it's actually more a case of coming home to sieze opportunities. The brain gain discussion often leaves out this fact! There's not that much I bring to Ghana. Ghana gives me opportunities which I can sieze to do big things that are not possible for me in America. When I move to Ghana from America, I'm declaring that Ghana has more to offer me than America.

We don't always recognise this truth, and so we talk about our move home the only way we know how---we talk about sacrifice and contributing to build africa---but actually, those who come based on their own convictions, come because Ghana is offering more than America. Sometimes Ghana offers a chance to be great in addition to building wealth. And people like Patrick Awuah, and Dr. Frimpong Manso are smart for recognising and choosing the possibility of greatness/relevance and wealth that Ghana offers over mere wealth that the West offers.

Wow, long post:)

I looove talking about Ghana and

But I'll end here. Just remember lesson number 1. It's not about other people. You can ask for advice, and opinions, but in the end, you will have to make the best decision for you. Sometimes Ghana offers more than America. In that case, chose the better offer. Choose the offer that allows you to live the life you want, and do it for you.

That's lesson 1.

So what kind of life do you want? What would it take to live your best life now? Is the path you're currently on the only way to get there? Really? Do you seriously need the money? Why do you keep postponing to live the life you want? What would it take to live it now?  Why not now?  Now I sound like a motivational speaker so I'll end now:) hehe.

Lesson 1: Live your life now.

Watch out for lesson 2 tomorrow.


  1. Wow I've been reading your post through reader for so long that I didn't even realise that you had a new template. I like it!

    In regards to your post, this was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. I often struggle with the fact that I don't feel like I'm living the life I'm supposed to be living. So why indeed am I postponing that life? Time to sit up and do something about it methinks.

    Motivational speaking may just be your forte after all....

  2. Hey Sankofa, i like the template too. The change was long overdue wouldn't you say? The blog also moved from to

    And now on to this matter.It helps to ask yourself what you want. Making lists help. In my case, I made a list of 30 things i wanted to do/accomplish before i turned 30. And then once you've defined that, you can start doing the things which will help you accomplish those goals. Goodluck!

  3. This is exactly what i needed to hear!...I need to start doing stuff for myself ...You'd make a fine motivational speaker,btw :-)

    ps. This is the Classics reader from yesterday!

  4. Thank you. Your post has made me more determined to do what i have planned. You have motivated me.

  5. thank you thank you thank you
    i needed this today!

  6. Wonderful Post, Esi! I think I'll forward it to all my friends!

  7. It's a good day to throw off some crutches....thanks for a post that rings true.

  8. Great post! I addressed some of the issues you raise on my blog in a post called "The Exodus Project". I'm glad more and more people are moving home not to "help build Ghana" but to build businesses and pursue other personal goals or for the "pursuit of hapiness" in itself as a goal.

    I have a question. In your estimation would you say it's easier for a lady to move back home than a guy say straight out of grad school like you did? I speak from personal experience. I have 3 brothers and a sister and a lot of guy friends who are "going back home" from straight out of grad school to just starting family and no deep roots here in the US. The underlying conclusion i've come to is that culturally the expectations are higher for a guy coming back to GH with regards to how much money you shd have coming in and the kind of work you should be doing while in GH. Do you find that to be true? I have a lot of female friends who've packed bag and baggage and moved back home to GH on a whim. For a guy the calculations and expectations are lot different. For example, if you're a guy of child bearing age you can't bring a lady to your father's house but a lady of similar age who just moved back doesn't have to worry about that because her date will take her to his house. Your thoughts?

  9. Miss Hamilton. What a distinguished sounding name! Thanks for identifying yourself. See, now I know who you are, and can talk to you like on old friend! Glad that the post is motivating you to get moving. All the best:)

    @Lyrix...aww, now i'm so curious to find out what it is that you want to do. But maybe you don't want to share. Or, would you?

    @Anonymous...glad it helped a little.

    @Lady Jaye, oh wow...Thanks! Another friend told me she also forwarded it to all her friends. Looks like only the women like it though. I wonder where the men are hiding, today.

  10. This is great, I'll be looking forward to the others.

  11. This is even more motivation for me. When I was in Ghana last year, I talked to some friends and told them of my intention of moving back to Ghana soon. Basically I heard the same thing from everyone - Save "enough" money. You ask yourself how much is "enough" ? I really look forward to the other posts.

  12. @Kale, I like your name and your picture. You must be new on this blog. If so, welcome. Stay a while.

    @ Kodjo. Checked out the post. We are indeed speaking the same language. Add some beef to your top 10 posts and then maybe you can share it with all of us. It looks interesting.

    Now to your question. Is it easier for women than men because expectations are lower?

    It depends. Depends on if the woman holds herself to that low expectation. I don't.

    So for example, even though everyone would have been cool with me staying at home, i moved out and found my own place. I'll say I feel similar burdens as any man does. I actually think it's unfair to expect a man who is the same age as me and has a similar background to achieve more than me. Unfair to him. Afterall, if we have the same qualifications and are making the same amount of money, what magic is he going to perform to have a house when i don't so that we can go live in it?

    In my case, i also have had the good fortune (smile)to be the firstborn child. That comes with its own financial burdens especially when your parents have 3 other kids to raise and their income is a quarter or less of yours. But it's wonderful experience for me! And empowering.

  13. @Kodjo:

    So no, I don't think it's easier for women to move because they can mooch of their parents. Thinking of all the people I know who've moved back, i think the split is 50-50. About as many women as men continue to live with their parents, and then there are about as many women as men who live independently of their parents.

    We also need to make the point that sometimes it doesn't make sense for you to live on your own when your parents have many many rooms in their house. Even for men. Sometimes their families will give them keys to their boys quarters or even a separate house. And if you can get a free house from your parents, then why wouldn't you take it?

    If my parents had some house sitting somewhere that they offered me, i'd take it. But they didn't. And their 3-bedroom house was getting crowded with all 4 kids coming home. So to get my privacy, and free up some room in their house, i thought i should move even though they resisted the move initially.

    Also, if you get a job before you move, sometimes the job will give you a relocation package so you could definitely even find a place to rent.

    One other thing i've noticed is that some people will work for a number of years abroad and save up money to buy a house in Ghana. That's fine. You could do the same living in Ghana though. So nothing special about abroad. It's just that people in Ghana tend to build rather than buy houses and that's my own plan for example, so when people come from abroad and they buy a house, it makes it seem like oh wow, they were able to do it because it's abroad money. That's not true. With a well paying job in Ghana, you could do it in the same amount of time. The friend who came by last night was saying, for example, that he takes home more now than he did when he was working as an investment banker for lehman brothers in NY two years ago! People say examples like that are rare. If so, why do I see them all around me?

    Why does the conversation keep going back to money? lol. I guess that's what most people worry about.

    You also asked about the kinds of jobs people expect you to do. As for that one, I can't help you there. When i was working as a project manager/engineer, people were so impressed. Now that I'm a copywriter, they take me for some flake. Writing is not a real job right? Sounds like a sissy job. Who writes for a living? Well, yes, it is because nobody writes for a living here that all we watch on Ghana tv are esmerelda and you can't find equivalents for the tv shows you love so much in america here,sucker! Lol.

    Thank God for my uncle, who calls me Madam CEO. lol. He's my number 1 supporter for creating stuff. He's awesome!

    Summary: Do what makes you happy. And don't look at women who are doing it and make excuses like oooh it must be easier for them 'cos they can mooch off their parents. News is, we're actually supporting the parents financially so yeah, maybe that will inspire you.

  14. @Myne...coming right up

    @Kekeli, you can save in Ghana too. My friend's story might inspire you. He came to visit me last night. Used to be an investment banker at Lehman, NY. According to him, he was making six figures when he was in NY. But...he now saves more than he did working in Ghana than when he was in NY. If his company's IPO goes through, in his words, he may become one wealthy Ghanaian:) Sounds pretty groovy to me. All the best as you decide what's best for you.

  15. I haven't been on her in a while cause you were getting lazy lol. I like the stories of your Ghanaian experiences. You don't get that anywhere on the web. Very thought provoking. And why do I get the feeling that I am one of those "friends that confuse me"? That has my name written all over it. And you are right. It is more difficult to say something than to do it. But I'll join the wave soon. Soon. Not because I am trying to save either. Excellent post!

  16. certainly! Do it for you.
    I found that I correct mistakes I make based on my own incorrect choices faster and better than the mistakes I make based on choices heavily influenced by other people

  17. @Marian. lol@getting lazy. Life and work does get in the way of writing blogs.

    Every friend of mine in the US is going to think this is about them. And this post was about doing what's best for you, so I recognise that different people have different circumstances which lead them to the choices they make. My comment about friends is actually not so much about whether they chose to stay or leave. It's about the contraditions. It's about saying when it suits you, that Ghana is great, and wonderful and good, and then turning around when you get pregnant to go have your baby in America so s/he
    ll be an American citizen. It's about encouraging someone who loses their job to move to Ghana and then when you lose your job, and you scramble around to find anything and look for any loophole in the law that allows you to stay there. It's not even about what you tell me. I'm just wondering how people reconcile these things in their heads. Is it that you didn't really mean it when you were advising your friend? I think sometimes it seems like people are being contradictory because they don't tell us the whole story. They don't owe us any explanations afterall. For example, a friend of mine was thinking of moving back and then talked to her very wealthy uncle in Ghana and the uncle said...this is not the right time. Try to work and save some money. She respects her uncle. Afterall he's lived his whole life in Ghana and should know more about what's possible here that I would. (right?) So she decided to wait and save money. If she hadn't told me this, I wouldn't have known what informed her choice to stay in the US. It's complicated:) But human beings are just full of contraditions.

    Some people say that's what makes us human but I think that's just copping out.

    I don't know if you read the article I posted some time ago about integrity, and my resolution to try to be what I say I am and do what I say I'll do. Me making that resolution was an admission that I found myself, in some respects, living a life of contradiction. It took being honest with myself and saying, if you're doing x,y,z, then you're x,y,z kind of person. And unless you take steps to do a,b,c, which makes you an a,b,c type of person, don't claim to be that. Aligning who you say you are to who you actually are is not easy. It takes work, and commitment and being brutally honest with yourself but it can be done and once you start, it gets easier with practice.

    You can't willfully cheat, and lie, and then tell yourself it's because you're human. Whatever happened to standards? Do people even try anymore?

    @Mike, me too,man. Me too. And at least you won't be blaming anyone when things don't work out. You just live and learn

  18. Is it fair to say you are being a hypocrite? If Ghana has so much to offer, why did you then choose to go to college AND graduate school in the U.S?

  19. I feel like my life is on hold. I will try and start living my life but it's not easy. God help us all!

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  22. @Esi.We went over to a friend's lastnight and the subject shifted to lack of opportunities in the US at the moment and the constant barrage of bills, marital difficulties, racism, how your salary goes right back into the system etc. Most of the people there wanted to come back home. In fact myself and one other friend had been in Ghana the same time last year. He has talked of little since he came back here. We were so impressed with the changing Ghanaian mentality towards development and we both agree it feels like a ton has been lifted off your shoulders when we were in Ghana. We even asked ourselves if all the education has been worth it. Majority of us agreed it has been a waste of one's time. So why are we still here? For most of us, I can say it is a plan in progress. Spouses, mortgages, finishing a grad program, bills..especialy student loans(not all of us were lucky enough to get a free ride) and I am telling you there is nothing scarier than watching your student loans swell up. High blood pressure right there.

    FEAR. Oh fear. Misplaced fear. Unnecessary fear. Uncertainty. And you must realize that not having gone to Ghana for many years desenstizes a lot of Ghanaians. They loose touch and the propect of going home is removed from on the table. They fall into a routine. The more often you go back and see the trends, the more focused you become as to what you need to do here and the timeframe with which you think it can be done. I know that rings true for me. Oh did I mention green card issues?

    And then when you do decide to go back, of course you will ask for feedback from those you know. It's only natural and sensible. The opportunity cost of doing so is the wet blanket effect such people have on your dreams. YOU HAVE TO TALK TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE. And oftentimes, we think our families are those people. But bear in mind that coming home might mean the end of remitances through Western Union and some family members who have come to expect such support will discourage you. They are thinking about their interests and not yours, mr/madam returnee. Whenever I have told people of my desire to move back the first question usually is "what are you coming here to do?" I long since stopped asking. As the word spreads that there are more opportunities than we care to know, the more tides will change. That is why I love this space.

  23. @ Anonymous 1 and 2, I've started asking people who comment on this blog to identify themselves by some online alias. It fosters a sense of community and forces people to be civil. That and I prefer dealing with people who have the backbone to be associated with their words if only by an online alias. So anonymous 1, I have just named you Devil's Advocate.

    Anyway...@Devil's advocate. You raise a good point. If Ghana is so great, why go to college in the US? Well, if college in the US ends up costing you less than going to Legon or Tech would have cost, then it is a darn good deal wouldn't you say? Why wouldn't anyone take an offer like that? Remember, I'm not against staying in the US. In fact, I did say that if your life there makes you happy, then by all means stay put. Personally, I chose Ghana because it offered me more at the time of graduation. At the time when I had to choose college however, even though I'd been accepted at KNUST, I had to pay school fees, buy books, and get pocket money from my parents who have 3 other kids to take care of. College in the US made more economic sense.

    Someone also made a good point in favor of studies abroad. He said that even though Ghana offered Frimpong-Boateng and co, more at the time that they came to Ghana, it is important to note that he wouldn't have become the heart specialist that he is if he'd stayed in Ghana all his life. I think that's a fair point and goes to support the argument that different countries offer different opportunities at different times.

    2nd anonymous, I am naming you Carpe Diem.
    @Carpe Diem, why do you feel this way? What's keeping you from living the life you want?

  24. and my uncle always talk about this thing. This same awesome uncle of mine. He doesn't care much for education abroad. And he's always asking why we pay so much money for it. I guess it's 'cos we think we'll get a lot of value out of it. Maybe we think we wouldn't be who we are without the education abroad. It's tough to say, of course. A lot of the people who go are often the best and brightest so perhaps they would still be the builders and the leaders even if they never left. I am partial to that argument:)

    Kinda like the same way Wesley Girls claims to be the best school in Ghana. But they take the brightest kids, so what do they expect?

    Fear. Fear that you won't make it? Who was it that was saying how it's a wonder we never fear when we back our bags and leave for a foreign land where we have nobody, but we fear when we're coming back with all this knowledge and all this experience to home...where our families live. How come coming home is scary when going to a strange land is not?

    You're right about families. They probably affect our decisions the most. I was lucky to have uncles and aunties who kept asking me when I called...when are you coming home? lol. And parents who allow me to make my own decisions. I can see how having that support helps. 'Cos honestly if your parents say you shouldn't come and you insist and come and then you have to stay with them for 10 months after coming home, that could be tough.

    That and all the stories we hear about how hard it is to find a job in Ghana. It looks like 6 months is the limit though. I've known people who found jobs within 1 month of their return and someone who took a whole year without finding anything. I could see how that would be scary.

    But as you rightly point out, Marian, finding a job in the US isn't a walk in the park either. Same as in Ghana, I've known people who took 6 months to find a job in the US and people who took a year and found nothing. It's tough to say which is going to be the better option.

    For me, it was clear but it's probably a difficult choice when you lay them side by side and none of the choices seem more attractive than the other. Then of course you're tempted to go with the one you're already living. Reminds me a bit of what they say about kids who're well-rounded. They're great at math, and science, and writing. It's tough to choose which direction to pursue:) Doing what makes you happier might not be a bad place to begin.

  25. Esi, Thank you for such an inspirational post. I am now preparing for a much needed vacay to Ghana this summer. My friend and I will be enjoying this trip together and this post reminds me of one thing I wanted to ask: If given the opportunity, will it be possible for me to see/visit you in Ghana? My BF (best friend) and I love your blog and though we do not comment much, your posts do inspire 3 hour + conversations. It would just be so interesting to speak to you in person...
    As a born & bred Ghanaian-American, I find myself being called more and more to explore my options abroad. I have been told that I love Ghana more than those who were born there and that is an opinion that needs not to be proved false or true. But I love Ghana, I do, and I have often been pricked with the sensation to return and try. I am most grateful for your post on these "lessons" as I am at a time in my life that I needed to hear it. I guess that is why I impulsively purchased a ticket back home. I am anxious for the awaiting experiences, but more anxious for the lessons that I could call my own. I would not mind working and staying in Ghana but to break in to my field of interest, I feel it would be hard. I barely have any connections and barely know where to begin. And I feel that $50 won't cut it! For someone who is seeking opportunities to invest in Ghana's youth via the education system, where to begin? I am currently a teacher in the US but increasingly sense that my passion for connecting with children surpasses my current situation (being in an enclosed classroom of surprisingly disrespectful kids). I feel I have a noble ambition that is waiting for noble results!

  26. Ama kyei, you are a teacher then? How ablout opening a school? With a curriculum that pays attention to the local environment in Ghana. I mean, a school where the kids will actually learn about Ghana and its cultures as opposed to learning the British and every other culture. How long have you been a teacher?

  27. Hey Marian, I've just gotten my teaching license but have wanted to teach for as long as I could remember and have heavily considered opening a school or something of the sort... Still praying about it and getting insight from folks like you, thanks!

  28. Hi Ama, you and your BF talk for 3 hours about posts on this blog! Damn! I thought I was addicted but y'all are on a whole other level. I'd love to meet you. Call me when you get here on 027-860-4615. We can have drinks together whilst you tell me about all the journeys you're about to take.

    When do you get here?

    @Marian, Ghanaian kids learning and falling in love with their culture can be helped by teachers as you say, but it also depends on what their parents believe and what they see on tv, cartoons about ghanaians, sitcoms, books etc. There's so much to do.

  29. I know the last comment was a while ago; I just found your blog 'cos my sister shared it with me, and after reading a couple of posts, I'm officially a fan! It seems like the "comments" section are livelier than the actual posts, LOL.

    Your message is on point though... Do it for you!!

  30. WOW!! What a blog....anxiously anticipating future lessons...definitely stealing this for a facebook note hehe...permission granted? :)

  31. @Nii Ankrah, aren't you glad your sister pointed you here? Welcome! The comments is really what makes this blog cool so please jump in with some of your own stories.

    @Kwadwo Ofori-Mensah, there are 9 more lessons. Just look in the archives for April and May 2010. And yes, you may post it on your facebook page, as long as you also include a link back to this blog. Welcome! Look around, i'm sure you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.

  32. Esi, ive always said i love your posts and this is one of them. You inspire some of us and make us feel like we are not wierdo's when we proclaim we "want to go back home". No one seems to understand the passion i have to go develop a business at home. I know it wouldnt take me a day to grow, but eventually im sure id get there. Will continue reading this blog. You make me miss home and the industrious friends i have in Ghana. One thing; I think your support network in Ghana is superb, else you might have run back to the states long ago.

  33. WOW! I luv u. After years in the USA, We’ve come to the realization that it’s time to go back home. Our friends/family think we are crazy for nurturing the idea. Two years ago, my husband took the lead. Next year I am taking my twin girls. The year after, I will join them carrying the saucepan and we will live happily ever after. Hehehe!
    Most people do not think it can be done, but it can.
    I must say I am scared but have realized that the more nervous I am, the better the results so……..
    But somewhere somehow we believe we can have the same life in Ghana as we have here in the USA without the STRESS.

  34. ghana is always home to me. lived in UK for over 13y but still not found what i came for better life. i have a good job but all my money goes to bills very littel for me and the family. i think its time to pack my bags