Ghana - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture Paperback – Mar 24 2009
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About the Author
IAN UTLEY is a British teacher who studied French and Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, before gaining a BSc and teaching qualification at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. He has been learning about Ghanaian culture and languages since 1998 when he worked as a teacher trainer with Voluntary Service Overseas. He has since carried out educational research projects across the country, taken the headship of a Ghanaian school, and published a book for learners of the Twi language. He has also appeared on Twi-language television and radio shows in Ghana and is a columnist for Ghana What? Where? When? magazine. Ian now works as an advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in Accra. He also organizes cultural, ecotourism, and language learning activities for foreigners, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Some of the facilties, conditions and even security situations described need an update because of how things are rapidly evolving.
There is no mentioning of the construction boom, including many new hotels in and around Accra. Traffic jams are paralizing the city of Accra despite the completion of Tetekwachi. Crime is creeping in and therefore some of the statements in the book potentially can be misleading.
Lots of changes as well around telecommunications and internet. Some of the mentioned operators no longer exist, while subscriber growth is not followed up with sufficient network investments causing often poor lines, while internet is now improved a lot thanks to the arrival of fiber optic.
Inflation is now around 9.2 percent. So the rates of the new cedi to the dollar is now 2 cedis for a dollar as opposed to 1, as mentioned in the book.
Finding skilled labor is not as easy as the writer wants us to belief once you look for really skilled people.
The explanation about culture and customs gives a good reflection of life in Ghana but a point of caution not to generalize to the extend that the writer does at times.