Emigration: Ghana

Demonym: Ghanaian
Government: Constituational Presidential Republic
Neighbors: Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Gulf of Guinea
Population: 23.837 million
Currency: Ghanaian cedi (GHS)
Official Language: English
Economy: Agriculture, Gold, Timber, Cocoa, Diamonds, Bauxite, and Manganese

Home to the famous Ashanti tribe, Ghana's name means "Warrior King", after the title given the lords of the Empire of Ghana (different location, mind you).  For centuries, her gold drew in the Europeans like locusts (even today Ghana is one of the world's top exporters in gold), and it wasn't until 1960 that she became completely liberated from Britain.

The Fihankra program (see below) provides free land for black Americans who wish to return to Africa.  It's the Ghanaians' way of apologizing for their role in slavery (they were among the first to sell to the Europeans).  And for our black American siblings feeling anxious about the transition, Ghanaians drive on the right side of the road.

By the way, it is with the greatest pleasure that I tell you $1,000 USD = 1,476 GHS.  Yes.

Accra, the capital
Recommended For:

Recommended Links
Government of Ghana
Ghana Overview (BBC)
Fihankra International
Bank of Ghana


  1. Wow very interesting I'm sure those who think America will be oh so better off without Black Americans would love this article. All jokes aside, I think the program sounds great and a lot of people would benefit from it, the Americans as well as Africans. I can imagine the development, creating jobs and more affordable volunteer programs, improving cultural awareness all good stuff. I plan on doing volunteer work in Africa (hopefully sooner than later) I hadn't even considered Ghana I will add it to my research list. Thank you.

  2. @ Ankhesen

    Good pick.
    A few weeks ago I posted the following links at abagond’s blog:


    Both articles are about African Americans who emigrated in Ghana.

    Now, if you don’t mind… [nitpicking mod on]:

    1) Ghana got rid of british rule in 1957, not 1960

    2) When you write…
    “Ghana is considered one of the world's most incorrectly managed countries.”
    … certainly you’re confusing Ghana with some other country.

    The 2010 edition of the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranks Ghana 7th out of 53 African Countries and second out of the 16 countries of West Africa.

    In Transparency International’s latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) which ranks the countries of the world according to the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians, Ghana is also ranked 7th among the African countries (62th out of 178 countries). In Africa, only Botswana, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Seychelles, South Africa and Namibia scored better.

    Even the CIA World Factbook (which can’t be suspected of panafrican indulgence) seems to agree:
    “good governance and civic responsibility. Sound macro-economic management along with high prices for gold and cocoa helped sustain (Ghana’s) GDP growth in 2008 and 2009.”

    [/nitpicking mod off]

  3. @ Dahoman X

    Forbes considered Ghana's economy poorly managed.

    It was 1960 when Ghana OFFICIALLY became liberated. In person and on paper.

  4. cool flag, anyway...

    the 2 ghanaian dudes i knew in college were great guys.

  5. "
    Forbes considered Ghana's economy poorly managed.

    It was 1960 when Ghana OFFICIALLY became liberated. In person and on paper."

    I would be skeptical of Forbes. Also, Ghana may have been liberated by 1960, but then you had several coup d'etats. It's more stable now despite the antics of the previous president. It's nice to see you do an entry about Ghana. I was born in the USA, but my parents are from there. I don't know why they never told me about Fihankra.

  6. More links:

    An useful adress for those interested: The African American Association of Ghana (AAAG)


    A 2009 article about AA in Ghana:


  7. Alexander Ahmar1/5/11, 9:38 PM

    Ankhesen Mié, I must truly thank you for this post. When I am done with University, my friends and I are planning to start our own pharmaceutical/chemical company. Ghana is one of the countries that we are considering of going to.

  8. @ Alexander

    You'll have free land.

  9. It's so nice to be randomly looking at blogs and see someone bigging up my home country. As many problems as Ghana has I love it to death. I'm not going to expound platitudes like 'the people are nice' and the 'scenery is beautiful' because like every where else it depends on where you go. Most people are great, friendly and polite, especially when they can see you are a foreigner but like every where else there are the crazies. And the scenery is breathtaking especially when you go to the forests but you do have your 'not so nice' places.
    Whilst I agree to a certain extent that the government hasn't done the best job in managing the economy (especially with the number of coups that have occurred), it always raises my hackles when we're compared to other formally colonized countries in these so called 'lists' or 'indexes' or whatever. Every country has its problems that are unique to them and people must understand that the dynamics of different tribes, political affiliations etc affect how a country develops. We're still working out how to come together as a nation and compete equally with developed countries that solved most of their unity problems in an age where it wasn't constantly thrown in their faces by technology that they're lagging behind. It's unfair to compare us to countries which have been countries for centuries whereas countries like Ghana were only recently carved out and a bunch of people who previously had no affiliation with each other told to get along.

    I know I've rambled a bit, lol, sorry about that.

  10. @ Anonymous

    Leave a name, please!

  11. I just found this on the net : a 4-parts article by 2 African-Americans investigating economical opportunities in Ghana. It’s a detailed and well written account of their trip in Ghana earlier this year. Very interesting read.

    Here are the links :






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