Our guest writer this week is Mr. Ninfaakang James from Ghana. It was great knowing James as a friend and as a student at Tasmac. James brought loads of enthusiasm, energy and professionalism in the class room. James hearty laugh had the entire class responding with more laughter and when he asked questions they were always insightful and the class listened with respect. James was very popular and participated in various extracurricular activities with boundless energy. We wish James and his family in Ghana very happy and peaceful times! Remember us and keep in touch always 🙂

Hello everybody I am NINFAAKANG JAMES Ghanaian MBA student who completed final SEMESTRE in Tasmac College and now in the final stages of the dissertation project. I am enjoying my stay in India and learning a lot. This is an article I have penned on my beautiful country Ghana and I’d like to share it with you.

Background: 

Ghana is a country in the Western part of Africa. I work in the University for Development Studies in Ghana. This is the beginning of a proposed collaborative effort which should exist between countries of Africa and Asia. A lot can be learnt from this kind of collaboration, since as at now there is very little known and/or done between these two great continents. It is a brief situational analysis for which an investor, tourist, entrepreneur, explorer, and student can take advantage of.

Ghana as country: 

Ghana as compared to India is a very small country land and population wise. In Agriculture, it is second to Cote D’Ivoire in the production of Cocoa in the world. In minerals it is second to South Africa in gold reserves in Africa. As the equator runs through it, weather and climatic conditions are average in nature. Thus there is hardly any kind of harsh weather conditions

Great piece of architecture in Nandom my home town Ghana

such as extreme cold; heat and humidity sometimes, but bearable and even depending which part of the country and which season. Being a coastal country, the sea provides a lot of lovely beaches for the holiday maker. In sports, football comes next to none as a passion, as exemplified in the last FIFA world cup in South Africa, where Ghana came to the 1/8 stage as the only African country.

There are 10 geographical regions within the country and the political atmosphere is very stable compared to neighboring countries such as Cote D’ivoire, Liberia, Togo etc. Despite several ethnic groupings and languages/dialects, a multiparty democratic system which came in place about 16 years ago is highly successful, again as compared to other African

countries. Community life is a common value in Africa, and Ghana is no exception. It should not come as a surprise to experience a great degree of acceptance and friendliness among the communities for the foreigner (no matter who), in any part of Ghana. On the overall average the country is one of the few in Africa or even the world worth exploring.

For the investor

 Oil

Of recent Ghana has discovered oil in large commercial quantities. Until now, Nigeria was about the only West African country to be exporting crude oil. Should we go by the discovery analysis which says the oil basin is downward sloping from the Nigerian side it means a matter of time for Nigeria to lose all its oil to Ghana, once Ghana starts drilling and exporting in commercial quantities. This has not begun yet, but sooner rather than later it should begin.

 Mineral resources/Agriculture

The main minerals include gold, diamond, bauxite, aluminum in their order of major deposits and importance. Gold comes first and the biggest gold mine in Ghana (the Obuasi Gold mines), has of recent merged with a South African goldmine to form the AngloGold mines, about one of the biggest in the world. There are also isolated cases of deposits all over the country resulting in what is referred to as surface mining in these areas.

On agric as already mentioned, cocoa leads as the major export crop, but there is coffee, palm, cola, cashew, shea nut, dawadawa etc, with a huge potential but as of now untapped. Most of the agric activities are on the subsistence level to cater for the basic foodstuff of the

Business buzz

rural communities. Land space is huge, and varied (from coastal in the sea areas, to forests in the middle zone, through to savannah in the northern peripheries). Were it (land), to be used judiciously there would be no need to import some basic food items which unfortunately is what is happening presently.

Education

There is a lot of demand in this area. Tertiary institutions such as Universities, polytechnics, colleges etc are short of the

Children are always cheerful all over the world

required number to cater for the high school graduates. Of late some private institutions are springing up, the backlog on the student side is still enormous. Coming nearer home I throw light on the University for Development Studies (U.D.S), my present employer.

This institution is one of the most recent public Universities established in the Northern part of Ghana.  It has 3 campuses with a student population of over 10,000. Disciplines include medicine, applied sciences, integrated development studies, planning and land management, law and business and some diplomas. It has chalked some successes since its establishment but also some challenges alongside. Major success is turning out graduates in the past years for the manpower needs of the country.

Transport

Being a small country travel by road is the most common. The road network has seen some improvement over the years with at least second to first class roads linking the ten regional capitals. Travel by train is almost nearly absent and internal air and water travel do exist but very minimal. IT connectivity apart from international travels is absent. I mean for instance booking tickets for buses, trains etc on the net.

For the tourist

Sites worth exploring for the tourist

There are very interesting areas to explore for our friend the tourist here. This will include historical sites, land marks,

Greenwich rock

castles and shrines, slave trade routes, some cultural monuments,

With the rock in background

to mention a few. As mentioned earlier the equator runs through Ghana, and there is a site to this effect. This is a rock situated in the coastal city of Tema and referred to as the Greenwich meridian rock. This is a great tourist attraction.

Castles and slave routes

One area of interest here would be the castles and the slave trade routes. Asia has been spared this awesome ogre of selling human beings off to the Europes and Americas between the 17th to 19thcentury as slaves for the farms and early industries of these countries. Over the years the resistance level of the African has dropped considerably due to change of habits.

Ghana Coastal scene

However it is not uncommon to see some specimens of a true African built. Just try the coastal areas of Ghana where a fisherman is going to tower over you with triceps/biceps the size of a football, and when opening his mouth for a welcome speech, you would want to escape for the feeling of thunder around you. Or the northern parts to meet a farmer. One polite handshake and you are likely to be looking around for some smoothening ointment for the damage to your smooth palms.

Quite frankly the country owe a lot to these African folks of earlier years for their present state of development.

Bye and God Bless from James! 

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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

20 responses »

  1. Pravesh Nandwana says:

    Hello James,

    You are one of the best mates I met during TASMAC days, We all miss you here..
    .. you very well described facts about Ghana, I would love to visit your place whenever I get a chance, I hope I get one soon 🙂

    Take care, stay smiling..

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Pravesh I am sure our friend James will appreciate you remembrance of the Tasmac days. Lovely gesture from you.
      Regards and trust you are doing very well. Cheers 🙂

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      • James Ninfaakang says:

        Thanks so much Pravesh my cherished colleague and college mate in Tasmac and of course Dilip Sir. I will certainly stay in touch and God willing will visit India some day. God bless you all.
        James

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  2. Ram Koju says:

    Hello James.

    Personally, I am so glad to have friend like you and I feel great to know about your incredible country Ghana. Really, the article gives incredible glow about Ghana. I knew about Ghana were the craze for football and Coco. But now I must say Ghana is really rich and resourceful country in terms of natural & cultural aspect. Really, incredible Ghana. I would love to visit Ghana in future.

    Best of Luck

    Warm Regards
    Ram Koju.

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  3. Binod Luitel says:

    Hi James,

    I am so happy to know you personally and here great to know about your rich country Ghana. You have beautifully penned about Ghana and conveyed how rich your country is in all aspects. I widely appreciate for your resourceful thinking.

    Good luck!
    Binod.

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  4. Laety says:

    Jimmy,that was a beautiful article on Ghana.Love the picture of Nandom church.Brings back memories.The beautiful music produced in that church on sundays.Definitely a tourist site.

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  5. Niharika Shrestha says:

    Hello James,

    We finally get to see your article about your country on sir’s blog.
    It is so good to know more about your country as for me the things I knew about Ghana were the craze for football and it being one of the largest producer of cocoa. I just want to thank you once again for the yummy chocolates.

    As Dilip sir has mentioned, we will never forget your hearty laugh in the class. I had a great time during all those finance classes because you made it so lively and interesting.

    I would love to visit Ghana in near future.

    All the very best for your dissertation, hope you will finish it soon.

    Warm regards,

    Niharika

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  6. Vitus Ngaanuma says:

    Great! I enjoyed reading it. Big advertisement for Ghana and ambassadorial tact. Your presentation of the country is holistic and insightful.

    We in Ghana can tooth ourselves in industralisation through a close relationship with a fast industralising India. i believe industralisaton is our missing link to massive development. Lets encourage a mutually beneficial contact between Ghana and India.

    Thanks for taking the first step my big bro!

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  7. Nakpenaah Desmond says:

    That’s perfect you are actually lifting up the good name of Ghana to the world making what is unknown known.Thank you, you are truly ghanaian.

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  8. Alexis Speratus Yirkpiere says:

    Fantastic! Well done Jim. You are a true patriot. This is certainly a master-piece and I believe it will inspire others to tell the world more about our beautiful country. God Bless!
    Cheers!

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  9. What a wonderful, informative tour of your native country James. How wonderful I was able to come along for the ride.

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  10. Francis Babereyir says:

    Truely reflects Ghana. There is the need to leverage the natural resources to accelerate development. That’s the problem.

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  11. Ben Dery- USA says:

    Wonderful write up on Ghana. James, you said it all in a very dense and compact info about Ghana. There is not much anyone economist, geographer or historian can add or subtract from this well organized, simple and direct to the core points about our land Ghana. I think I will recommend that TASMAC retains you as an academic and research ambassador of UDS to India for this brilliant presentation. Thanks for sharing and God Bless. Bye for now Ben

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  12. Reshma Shah says:

    Its trully awesome James….Had always heard of Ghana but had never resided nor knew much about the country…But thanks alot for showing the insights of your beautiful country….

    Will miss you and your laughter…

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    • Cyril Yabepone says:

      Hi James,
      you are a great ambasssador of Ghana. Am proud of you. Ghana is a land abound with natural and human resources that is strategically positioned to do businness and engage in development initiaves that has the potential of eradicating poverty from the face of Africa. A greater Asia -African panership needs to be engineered to a higher pedestal for the mutual benefit of both continents. lets keep the discussions on going and intiate the actions. Am ever ready.
      regards and stay safe.
      Cyril Yabepone
      Camfed Ghana

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  13. Navin Kumar says:

    Respected Sir,
    Simply a FABULOUS piece of work from my friend James. Called him to let him know how much I liked it. “NIGERIA TO LOSE ALL ITS OIL TO GHANA, ONCE GHANA STARTS DRILLING AND EXPORTING IN COMMERCIAL QUANTITIES ” I hope this development does not lead to a conflict just like it happened in the case of Kuwait & Iraq. We are already witnessing conflicts between nations for control over natural resources in various parts of the world.

    Thanks & regards,
    Navin Kumar

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  14. Thank you for this guest post. It was very interested to read!

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  15. Geetha says:

    Dear James,

    Thank you for this panoramic tour of Ghana! Your country is indeed beautiful and you are truly a “Warrior King” – an excellent brand ambassador for your ‘island of peace.’

    Here’s wishing you all the very best in all your future endeavours.

    Thanks and regards,

    Geetha

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  16. Manasa says:

    Hello James,

    Lovely description about Ghana. It was a great opportunity for me at TASMAC to meet wonderful friends from different parts of world. The sweet memories still come in picture when I think about that. Ghana has come to minds of many people at TASMAC when James was there. I really admire the stance which James took at TASMAC.

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