Top 3 Reasons for Moving to Ghana

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Ghana is a wonderful place to live! From her peaceful political climate and vibrant culture to her friendly people, the reasons for wanting to live in this great country are endless. We highlight three particularly strong reasons you won’t regret moving to Ghana.

1. The Strong Informal Relationships

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Whether you’re a young, inexperienced foreign exchange student or have just accepted an executive position at a big multinational company, you’ll be met with the warmth and openness that’s the trademark characteristic of Ghanaians. You can be certain that finding help or friendship will not be a problem for you. If you ever feel homesick, you are very likely to meet others from home in the vibrant and active expat community.

2. Very Stable Political Landscape

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With over three peaceful political transfers of power under its belt, Ghana is the poster-child for democracy and rule of law in Africa. Since the fourth republic’s constitution was adopted on January 7th 1993, Ghana has shown a lot of political stability and maturity over the years, earning it the highly respected, and enviable, reputation of most peaceful country in West Africa. Some progress it has enjoyed directly or indirectly because of this are:

i.     The High Internet Penetration:

Growing at a rate of 2.7%, Ghana’s internet penetration currently stands at 40.7% as at the end of August 2013 (according to Ghana’s National Communications Authority).

ii.     The Attractive Real Estate:

Real estate in Ghana is on the rise! The landscape offers very attractive options that cater to people of all economic levels. With new buildings being constructed daily in different locations all over the country, it is providing lots of jobs and revenue both to the real estate developer industry and other ancillary businesses and trades. Bottom line, you can be sure there will be something matching your taste in housing in Ghana.

iii.     The Growing and Vibrant Tech Scene in the Country:

The industrious nature of Ghanaian citizens and their embracing of technology as a tool has led to many people using tech to solve real local (and international) problems. This has created a wave of tech startups in the country that keeps growing steadily. meQasa.com – Ghana’s leading online real estate marketplace – is a great example, that was birthed out of the Meltwater Entrepreneural School of Technology in Accra.

3. A Different Pace of Life:

If you’re tired of the Western rat race, Ghana will be a haven for you. Ghanaians enjoy a better work-life balance that allows you to “stop and smell the roses” during the day.

Tired of being buried in mountains of muddy snow? You’ll be amazed to know that there are only two seasons in Ghana: the rainy season and the dry season. These two seasons translate to just one for you: SUMMER! Yup, it’s essentially summer all year round in Ghana. This makes Ghana a low-cost paradise for those who wish to escape the brute cold.

BONUS: Ha! Finally, do you like to try out new foods? Ghana has a broad variety of indigenous culinary delicacies that are sure to delight you. Pronouncing the names might be a challenge though. Delicacies like waakye, fufu, mpotompoto, gabley, wasawasa, kooshe, and countless others are sure to thrill you. If you are not averse to alcohol, we have local drinks like pito and akpeteshie to challenge your discerning palate. Check out our LIVING IN neighbourhood series to learn what various eateries are in the different neighbourhoods.

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Note however, that most cuisines in Ghana contain moderate to lots (some might say copious amounts) of pepper and spices, so be prepared.

Whatever your passion is, you can be 90% certain Ghana is the place you’ll find it. There’s always something to do all year round, and in addition to the friendly nature of the people, or because of it, finding a house to rent or a house for sale is very competitive and exciting.

Come on over to Ghana. Chances are, you’ll fall so in love, you won’t want to leave.

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