I must admit I do not watch a lot of TV, especially after 8:00 p.m. when I hit the sack to read. Well, the night before last the TV happened to be on, and I happened to be up, and a show called WELCOME BACK HOME came on G.T.V. It was the theme music that caught my attention that haunting melody called “Welcome Home” by Osibisa. The premise of the show is to showcase diasporan Ghanaians who have returned to the motherland. Actually it is the follow-up to that long running show on GTV GREETINGS FROM ABROAD….same hostess same sponsors.
So I sat down thinking, “oh here we go lots of ‘oh it’s great to be back’, ‘oh I can help so much’, ‘oh together we can make it better’. You know the platitudes, the double speak you hear here about the potential, the opportunities, the energy….the lies…
Well, there sat the proprietress of an I.C.T. company that once employed 94 people and was now working with a “skeleton staff”. She has been coming and going to the States over the years-MISTAKE- and was now back “cleaning up” since “when the cat’s away the mice will play”!
Anyways, I think this lady is also a reverend since “REV” appeared after her name. She spoke like a reverend talking esoterically in terms of being valued, being appreciated, being celebrated….and if you didn’t feel these-which she didn’t- you might as well return to the other countries. WOW! She also talked about how you have to know somebody to get something done…you know what that’s all about..
But Ghana is her home and she is a reverend and God and country call, so she wasn’t prepared to give up…despite the fact that one half of the street in front of her business premises has been taken over by tro tros (that is, small passenger vehicles) leaving her “no access to my business.” She said she had been to the Accra Metropolitan Authority where she was met “with deaf ears”.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW…..ALL THIS REMINDS ME OF FOUR VILLAGES INN AND THE BEER BAR AND THE APETESHIE BAR….AND THE NOISE THAT TOOK OVER A YEAR TO QUIETEN DOWN…
She’s alone…that’s for sure. But she shouldn’t be. Now on the internet there is social networking and there are lots of groups where you can tell the world your predicaments.
One such group is a LINKED IN GROUP called ACCRA BUSINESS CLUB. There are discussions. I joined one…
initiated by one Anita Wiafe
What is your biggest challenge in doing business in Ghana? Are you finding it easy to build partnerships or secure opportunities? Do you find that there is lots of talk but no real action to back it!
Here is my contribution to the discussion:
Chris Scott • ” Did ya see WELCOME BACK HOME on G.T.V . last night at 9:30? Somebody told the truth about how bad doing business is in this country. A Ghanaian who has lived years in the States and returned to Ghana to start up an ICT company, the proprietress despondently described the stark realities—-implying rampant corruption and describing apathy in the public service. The street in front of her premises is a tro tro station which blocks access to her business and the AMA have “deaf ears’. Her once thriving business with 94 employees now has a skeleton staff…How helpless she sounded-bitter and defiant too.”
To conclude, I have a theory: I really don’t think people here want the diaspora to return. They’d rather they stayed abroad and send their remittances. Remember remittances are no. 3 in foreign exchange earnings…following cocoa and gold!
It’s an opinion….what do you think?