Ghana gets more Western praise than almost any other African nation, so
why are Ghanaians in despair over the direction of their country?
relatively recently, all the news coming out of Ghana has been good.
Rapid growth, middle income status, discovery of oil, and free and fair
elections, a role-model blazing a trail for the rest of the continent.
Some even talked of the Black Star Nation becoming the Dubai or Kuwait
of West Africa.
But while Ghana was getting praised by foreign
institutions like the IMF, World Bank and the EU, at home, things have
been getting worse. Growth has slowed down from 9 to 4%, interest rates
have shot up, the currency is in free fall, the budget deficit has
ballooned, and worst of all, the government has had to go borrow nearly a
billion dollars from the IMF.
For many Ghanaians, though,
nothing symbolizes their decline more than “dumsor, dumsor” (lights on,
lights off), a reference to the series of power cuts that have plagued
them for the last three years.
In this program, we will examine
why the continent’s brightest star appears to have lost its shine, and
ask whether there are African alternatives to the Western solutions that
are being prescribed.