The Ghana Passport Application Process, 2020 (A Step-by-Step Guide)
- 28 October, 2020
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A passport is a basic right that every citizen is entitled to. Any Ghanaian citizen can go through the passport…
Ghana, the gateway to West Africa, is attractive for diverse reasons: its political stability, economic liberalism, abundant natural resources, great work opportunities and tons of fun to be had. Where better to benefit from all this than the capital city of Accra? Here are a few more reasons why you should really consider buying your home in Accra, Ghana’s capital.
If you live in another Ghanaian city, you’ll probably eventually get bored after exhausting the events and activities they offer. You will also notice that most (if not ALL) major events are held in… you guessed it! – in ACCRA!! Life in Accra is on a whole . If you are considering moving from outside of Ghana, Accra offers the closest experience to what you might seek in metropolitan living.
In Accra, there’s always something to do. For the movie and drama addicts, you can catch one of Uncle Ebo Whyte’s plays with the family at the National Theatre or a play at the Efua Sutherland Drama studio (University of Ghana Campus) or the latest Hollywood blockbuster at any of the cinemas (Silver Bird at Accra Mall or West Hills Mall and Global Cinemas in Weija). Alliance Francais also offers a great selection of art exhibitions and film screenings.
There are always tons of street and convention centre fairs and festivals, concerts, live band performances, poetry slams, Happy Hours, two Fashion Weeks, weekly club events, golf, marathons – the list is endless! The resplendent Chale Wote Street Art Festival is just one example.
The capital also flaunts some amazing landmarks like Independence Square and the W.E.B. Dubois centre, which can make for a full day of cultural exploring. If you’re a foodie, your taste buds will be well pampered by the impressive eatery options – African, Ethiopian, Italian, American, Asian, Spanish and other global cuisines.
For shopaholics, you can be assured of finding whatever your shopping needs are in one of Accra’s several malls or shopping centres like Melcom and Shoprite, in fashion container stores across many neighbourhoods or if you want to try out haggling over prices, you could manoeuvre the many open local markets in Madina, Agbogbloshie, Kaneshie, Kantamanto, to name a few.
Whatever your lifestyle preferences, there’s a place in the capital to cater to your needs. The beaches in La, the pubs and nightclubs in Osu, the beautiful gardens in Aburi (short drive outside Accra) – the list is endless.
Accra offers employment prospects for people at all ends of the employment spectrum. Just like anywhere else you need to have a great CV and put in the work, but with great multinational companies with branches in the capital as well as good Ghanaian-owned business, you are likely to find a job with a bright future.
You can connect with employment agencies that can help you find job vacancies and get direct help from online job markets like Jobberman. More and more, people are taking the “be my own boss” route and Accra offers great support for entrepreneurs with lots of fantastic networking opportunities and co-working workspaces, like iSpace in Spintex (formerly Labone) and Impact Hub in Osu, that offer internet and consultant help. Budding businesses with innovative ideas have a better chance in the capital city to pitch for funding to take their companies to the next level.
Some of the nation’s best schools (all levels) are also found in Accra – whether you prefer for your kids to be educated within the local school system, international (British or American) systems, there are all options for you.
From renowned international schools like Lincoln Community College (which is through 12th Grade) and Ghana International School to those that gained famed as the “Top 7” including Morning Star School, Ridge Church School and Alsyd Academy, top learning is attainable in Accra.
At high school and university levels, some of the best diplomas and degrees can be attained in Accra as well. Ghana oldest college – the University of Ghana – is located in Legon, Accra.
While Accra itself has so much to offer, it’s also the place where you can easily jet if you want to get somewhere else, be it local or international destinations. With an international airport and countless bus hubs, it’s the ideal destination for making your way around Ghana and Africa.
A bus ride will have you exploring French neighbours, Togo and Ivory Coast. Aside from the mass transit that is “trotro”, you can easily find a cab to anywhere in the city and now there are also motorcycle taxis to add to your options for getting around. In Accra, there are also a number of car and van rental business like Avis, if you want to lease a private car for a few hours or days. Currently, Accra has Ghana’s only international airport – Kotoka International Airport, which also has domestic connections to other major cities of Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale.
The nation’s capital is home to some of the most stunning real estate in the country. From East Legon to Achimota, Spintex to Tesano, just about any locality you can think of has lovely housing pickings, whether you are looking to rent or own property.
Single family home, duplex, townhouse, gated community, serviced apartments, the real estate options are rather exciting and many with coveted amenities to ensure home life is comforting.
Real estate is not cheap, but whatever your budget, you can find a place to call home in Accra. You will also find the best support with home financing if you need it, in Accra, with companies like Ecobank, Stanbic Bank, Ghana Home Loans, all headquartered in the capital.
The great reasons for living in Accra are infinite. The selling points of proximity to beautiful beaches along the coasts of Labadi, Osu, and Tema, vibrant nightlife and entertainment, top education and work opportunities and more make it easy to understand why you should consider renting or buying a home here.