I hope you are all okay! As for me, I am just ‘’hanging’’ in here, its been such a chaos the last month but I will be fine. Thruth is that I wrote this piece two months ago but ” life happened to me””…..
I am sure you have all heard of the phrase Accra stay by plan, indeed you can’t stay in the capital without a ‘’a plan’’. Some of us find ourselves here by choice or we just happened to be here, either ways you need a plan.
You see I had a fine opportunity to go to ‘’Dambai ‘’ (in recent past, it was part of the Volta region but now Oti) for my National Service but I refused. Just maybe, if I had gone ahead, by now I would have become the ‘’biggest cocoa krakye or madam!!
I also remember got posted to the Association International School to teach after I had managed to change my posting to the Greater Accra region.
If you know me personally, then you can understand my difficulty in reaching the top of the black board to teach. The too many ‘’keep quiet class’’ and marking was enough demotivation. I left after two weeks to the Ministry of Women and children’s Affairs. I don’t know how teachers survive but you people are the real MVPs…
But times are really hard now, to eat decently, house and clothe oneself is not easy. Not long ago, the “”fanti woman”” in me drove to some popular eatery around east legon for an English breakfast. Ewuradze!! They are not joking there, a piece of ham, two sausages, a portion of baked bean, some mushrooms, omelet (chibom is better) and a cup of tea with three thin slices of bread and it cost me Ghc50.00. I regretted almost immediately, but I had already made the order so I ate quietly and left.
In my thought and musing to myself…..”but Hajia’s kooko or wheat plus some hot doughnut or bread only cost Ghc5″”
In my office, the average lunch meal cost Ghc15 a plate. A quick math tells me that I will need I need Ghc75 to eat lunch from Monday to Friday plus breakfast and also fuel for the week. ‘’ is it even by force to drive” for me as a mother of 3, it is literally by force! The school drop offs and pickups, the hospital runs, going to madina market, attending church service ( I hardly do this though) and the many errands I attend to, I tell you I need my car like my purse! Uber is not cheap, Bolts is neither too. I heard recently Yango has come to rescue us with as low as Gh2 for a ride (Yango should pay me for the free advert…lol) but yet still it is not easy. If you have to pay fees and feed kids on top, hmmmm I guess you know you are own your own as I am too,
The least said about RENT, the better!! If you dare to acquire land in Accra, then you know by the time you finish or complete the building, the blood pressure will be over the roof. Mortgages are not friendly too, if one is not careful enough, even our pensions will be used to pay up mortgages and even bequeath extra cost to one’s children.
Times are really hard!!
In the midst of all the chaos, I believe, one can still MAKE IT right here, other have and so why not me or you. I also believe, it’s a matter of time, careful planning and implementing ideas which COULD just turn out to generate income. Above all I also believe in DIVINE PROVIDENCE, the unseen hand of God that controls everything. Until then, I have chosen to live, be happy and explore.