Coronavirus: How it turned the tables on Ghanas diaspora – BBC News

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In our series of letters from African writers, journalist and previous Ghana federal government minister Elizabeth Ohene composes about how the possibility of living abroad has lost its destination in the time of coronavirus.We used to say here in Ghana, half in jest, half in fact, that you can discover a Ghanaian in every country in the world. From the middle of the 1970s through to the end of the 1990s, circumstances had conspired to turn us into a travelling individuals.

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When they travel, ghanaians abroad are delighted to turn out to support the nations sports teams

Some of them, of course, are flourishing where they are, and making Ghana proud. It is a badge of honour to state you have a relation abroad and we flex over backwards to accommodate their dreams when it comes to making arrangements for funerals and attendant events. Those amongst them who can travel, that is those who have actually “regularised” their visa situations, normally plan and make the Two-week or 10-day trip to Ghana to catch up with friends and household, usually over the Christmas duration.

BBCThe places that young people had been willing to provide an arm and a leg to go to, were no longer appealing”

When they are here, they behave as one does on holidays and splash cash around; no-one hears about them having a difficult life there, and we see them as success stories. They are a motivation for other youths to get away and try from Ghana and travel. Coronavirus got here. The locations that young people had wanted to offer an arm and a leg to go to were no longer appealing, as China, Europe and America were hit hard by the infection. The talk turned to bringing Ghanaians house from abroad. All of a sudden Ghana became an appealing location. The Ghanaians abroad were nervous and they showed it. “Please dont let what is taking place in Europe and America take place in our country” was the constant refrain.

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Factories in Ghana are standardizing face masks

As the crisis has actually continued, the understanding of Ghanaians abroad being the fortunate ones has actually gradually been altering. It was not simply the report back in May that 33 Ghanaians had actually passed away from Covid-19 in New York that shook everybody, it was the growing desperation from Ghanaians abroad who wished to come back house.

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If we discovered throughout the lockdown that in Ghanas huge cities it was difficult for lots of individuals to survive without the day-to-day hustle, then we got to understand that it was difficult to make it through at all abroad as a hustler in the time of coronavirus. Grass is not greenerWe have actually been looking on in discouragement as the realities of the lives of many of those who are abroad have been exposed. It turns out that numerous of the young women who went abroad to be baby-sitters and maids in Lebanon and other Arab nations lead intolerable lives that no-one would accept in Ghana.

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Equally pricey are the protocols for getting in Ghana, which demand that on arrival you go into a 14-day quarantine in a hotel monitored by the security services.Abroad seems to have actually lost its lustre. For the moment, it appears the place to be is right here in Ghana.

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In our series of letters from African writers, journalist and previous Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about how the possibility of living abroad has lost its attraction in the time of coronavirus.We used to state here in Ghana, half in jest, half in reality, that you can discover a Ghanaian in every nation in the world. They are a motivation for other young people to try and leave from Ghana and go abroad. The talk turned to bringing Ghanaians home from abroad. If we discovered during the lockdown that in Ghanas big cities it was difficult for numerous people to make it through without the daily hustle, then we got to understand that it was impossible to endure at all abroad as a hustler in the time of coronavirus. It turns out that many of the young ladies who went abroad to be baby-sitters and housemaids in Lebanon and other Arab countries lead intolerable lives that no-one would accept in Ghana.

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