| August 21, 2006 at 02:57 pm
After the Year of Africa, Ghanaians are still stuck with degrading levels of toil and poverty. Patience a local headmistress takes us round Tsibu Bethel a subsistence village in Ghana’s Volta region. We meet John, Comfort, Ceefas and Christian who provide us with more than an impression that they want far more than this. They have no romantic attachment to their mud huts and thatch and want concrete and iron roofing sheets. Deroy explains that even urban shanty town life is better than trying to cope in rural areas. Professor Sawyer is eloquent and angry, “no country has ever made it by staying in agriculture” he suggests and they cannot “go on using the old hoe and cutlass for the next 50 years’ Subsistence life which died out in the west over 200 years ago is not a lifestyle choice or a cultural preference it is survival.