A Ghanaian techie’s observations of Lagos
Emmanuel Quartey

Loud and clear Emmanuel. Your observations resonate with my *unsubstantiated* impressions of the city from expanding my twitter timeline. I’ll really like to see a good analysis of both countries, their current growth trajectories and how some synergy would propel both forward.

So here’s what I think, again a set unsubstantiated claims: Both countries (I feel bad comparing here because of the difference in population size) have issues with governance, but Nigerians seem to have to ISSUES. Could have something to do with our pasts, or scale, or something. I don’t know but for many problems we cry over in Accra (electricity, corruption) it seems like we’re likely to find a big brother in Nigeria.

But that seems to have built a people, resolute to do what needs to be done to achieve results, legal or not so legal. I don’t see an ecosystem of businesses growing together, learning together and sharing together in Accra.

But most of this comparison is from twitter, and it seems like both are different in their own ways. Ghana seems to be gearing towards a certain kind of consciousness (which should not be discounted). You’ll probably not go a day without learning a thing or two about feminism, or privilege, or culture or the arts. And I think it’s super-critical to have conversations like this. I don’t know how Nigerian twitter compares, given that most of the people I follow from 🇳🇬 are designers and devs.

But the tech scene in 🇬🇭, although growing doesn’t seem as vibrant/focussed/united/long-term-thinking-ish, etc. Could also be my bad experiences with a specific Ghanaian tech company that’s dulled my sight.

Anyway, all this plenty talk is to suggest that perhaps, rather than grow on separate trajectories (🇬🇭 social & 🇳🇬 economic), why not grow together. I guess it’s more easier said than done (give Togo and Benin are sitting right between, and transportation networks are meh). But I’ll like to see the social consciousness I’m sensing in Ghana, spread and have impact/reach far beyond. And I’ll like to see that determination to succeed (at business) spread west-ward into Ghana.

This is just my *fancy* wish list.

PS. When I tell [Ghana] people I’m considering moving to Nigeria, they’ll respond with, “Oh you won’t survive, Nigerians, their eyes are hard (can’t find English words for their eyes are hard)”. But we can’t just accept pre-defined roles and characteristics, can we?

PSS. I’m excited by your post. And I’ll really like to see someone do this with real data. Why do Nigerian churches thrive in Ghana, yet I’ve never heard of a Ghanaian church in Nigeria. Can we quantify the influence both countries have on each other (in film, music, etc.)?

Questions on my mind Emmanuel.

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