“and I pledge myself in all things to uphold and defend the good name of Ghana, so help me God”
TO FULLY APPRECIATE THIS POST, PLEASE GO TO villagerainbows.wordpress.com (see blogroll) AND READ THE TWO ENTRIES JULY 8TH-“A REAL STORY BEHIND THE OBAMA VISIT” AND JULY 17TH “SHAKING THINGS UP”
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO READ “A VISA FOR OBAMA” ON THIS BLOG DATED MAY 18, 2009. IT CONTAINS THE REAL “MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER” IN THE LATEST DESTINATION GHANA IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE PICTURED HERE.
Here’s a satirical- tongue in cheek- take on the incident at Kotoka International Airport featured in a new magazine DESTINATION GHANA BYE BYE OH!
The purpose of this post is to make the reader think about and respond to the situation that threatens Ghana’s good name and its tourist industry.
All too often, things here are swept under the carpet and things fall apart further. More often than not, complaints, reports etc. are met with cold stares and weak assurances that the situation will be addressed. Time passes and silence reigns. After a while one just gives up trying to make a difference and a pervasive sense of hopeless can ensue….It is nice to read in villager rainbows blog that there appears to be a change in young officialdom, but this “cantankerous gentleman”remains dubious. Enjoy…and think of the consequences if such incidents at Kotoka International Airport persist…
A MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER:
LEAVING GHANA ADVICE:
With successful free and fair elections just held at the end of 2008, democracy reigns in Ghana, except perhaps for a few alleged scandalous rule of law violations at Kotoka International Airport, Accra….
With the recent report of an incident involving alleged harassment of a traveler departing Ghana and the alleged extortion of US$300.00 from said traveler by three GHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE officers, DESTINATION GHANA BYE BYE OH wishes to offer its readers practical advice to help facilitate your departure from GHANA:
ON ARRIVAL TO GHANA:
1. Register at your embassy, high commission, consular services. Be sure to get their emergency telephone number.
DURING YOUR STAY:
1. Make sure that your entry visa does not expire.
TWO OR THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT DEPARTS:
1. If you have traveled outside Ghana and returned here on a multiple re-entry permit , best to go to the Ghana Immigration Service on Independence Avenue across from the Canadian High Commission to verify all is in order for your departure. Note down the name of the officer who deals with you.
2. Purchase a few boxes of Presidentsbite, I mean Kingsbite Ghanaian chocolate.
AT THE AIRPORT:
1. Dress down.
2. Bulk up.
3. Join a group.
4. Project an air of relaxation and confidence.
5. Pass on the departure lounge bar.
6. As well as flight insurance, take out departure insurance to cover unexpected expenses resulting from a missed flight as well as legal fees and incentives to the local press to cover your story.
7. If you see immigration officer(s) without their IDENTIFICATION BADGES, demand to see a supervisor right away.
WORSE CASE SCENARIO: If you are ushered into a separate room by three officers:
1. Remain calm.
2. Offer them lots of bars of chocolate-it sharpens good decision making.
3. Take down their names from their Identification Badges.
3. Never, never offer them money. Simply request to speak to the officer in charge at the airport, the officer at the Ghana Immigration Service who verified your documentation a few days earlier and to your diplomatic representative.
IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY:
1. Report the incident in writing to your locally elected official and to your department of foreign affairs
2. E-mail your story to the Daily Graphic, Ghana’s national daily, at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy it to us at DESTINATION GHANA BYE BYE OH!
POSTSCRIPT: It has come to the attention of the publisher that in Nepal immigration officials wear uniforms with the pockets sewn tight. If you are in favour of this measure being adopted here in Ghana, please write to the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior with a copy of DESTINATION GHANA BYE BYE OH!
DESTINATION GHANA BYE BYE OH! WISHES YOU A SAFE FLIGHT AND A SPEEDY RETURN TO GHANA, LAND OF CULTURE AND WARMTH.