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— ejieme


Some old writings I found which kind of summarizes my time in Accra. I miss Africa. And I miss writing. Where has the time gone?

Public toilets on Ring Road. Ghanaian English and British hellos. Juicy ripe fruit. 80 pesawas pineapple. Expat hangouts in Osu. Street shopping malls. Bad acting and even worse Telenovela voice overs. Rasta: from Bedstuy to Kokomemle. Being a “Busy Body”. The scent of Africa. Weaves, braids and low cuts. Lebanese and South African chains. Spring rolls on every restaurant menu. Flash me baby. Tigo, Kasapa, or MTN? Limited lights out. Vividly descriptive medical conditions. Rooster coffins near Teshie Nungua. Searching for soft roasted corn. Auntie at age 25. Great sushi at Monsoon. authentic Chinese kente cloth. Sec Sec Sec!. New York or Cali – who expects better service? Accenture alumni in Accra. Saltwater coconut. Red red and doh-doh. Africa Online – the new AOL. Aggressive Nigerians in Nima. Intro tro. Akwaaba bitches. Andrew’s Beans and Bread. Matata’s musings. Firsts in Africa – Horse riding at New Cocoa Beach. Missing American ads. Makola mamas. NPP, NDC and you know me. Maison du Maroc and pranic healing techniques. African cheetahs or cheaters? Flight risk finance firsts. Mefloquine dreaming. Topping up with Tigo. Pure water plastics along the pure water of the Atlantic. Song of the summer – Lil Wayne “Lolipop”, Sugar popcorn at Busy Movie night, “Charlie…”, Sri Lankan ginger cookies, the 1 strawberry seed that could

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During the 3 weeks in India I could not help but compare it to other developing countries I’d been to; my biggest source of comparison was with Nigeria. I’d always been drawn to India because of the many similarities with my own: the strong bright colors of traditional clothing, insanely spicy/savory foods, various religions/cultures/languages, a history of colonialization and more recently corruption.

But while there, I also noticed stark differences in the progress of both nations. I found myself asking: Why has India seemed to have progressed much more than Nigeria?

I don’t have a clear answer for that but here are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind:
Pre-colonialization: I believe the history of the region and how society was organized in kingdoms/empires must have caused long-standing frictions between ethnic groups. While India also has a myriad of ethnic groups, their transition to a single country was (and has been) less contentious than that of Nigeria. Old tensions die hard?

Colonialization: It’s been said that colonialization in Africa was a lot more brutal and destabilizing than in other parts of the world. I can’t quantify this but I would have to agree (Belgian Congo?) and that due to the manner in which Britain managed both empires, India was left in a better state to manage itself.

Black Curse: While both countries possess many different types of natural resources, the blatant and disabling dependence on oil has stymied its economic diversification and ultimately progress. India has not had to rely on a sole commodity. In fact, a focus in building and maintaining institutions of education built an army of the educated right as the service industries in developing markets were looking to outsource. Win-win.

I’ll have to come back to this and try to validate my initial thoughts.

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Up next on the travel schedule: India!

Specifically: Goa, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Kerala, Mumbai (and a few smaller cities in between)

Hopefully I can get some time to write.

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