Born to a Ghanaian father and a European mother and born and raised in Yorkshire until I left school, I have since spent most of my adult life in London. To be frank I’ve always felt misplaced, until I visited Ghana in 1990 or so. From the minute I stepped off the plane I felt a sense of belonging, I was overwhelmed with emotions I felt truly alive.
Thinking of all the amazing stories dad told us about Ghana and his childhood and now visualizing it for real, we’re so lucky my siblings and I we have amazing parents.We were brought up in a typical Ghanaian home unfortunately my Dad left the language part out but I truly feel my roots are Ghanaian.
My husband (Ghanaian) and I decided to move to Ghana a few years back but unfortunately after about seven months things didn’t work out financially and I fell pregnant with our third child so we came back to the UK with sadness but it had to be done to be able to return with greater power and knowledge we learnt from our mistakes. I gave birth to our beautiful third daughter in January 2014 unfortunately she passed away this year, almost 13 months due to sickle cell (we are heartbroken) for those of you that don’t know about sickle cell, it’s a life threatening genetic blood disorder and is extremely painful and causes lots of complications. With a heavy heart I write this but I want to promote awareness as it’s really not given the attention it needs. I plan on setting up a sickle cell foundation in our beautiful angels memory to promote awareness and stop the ignorance and shame especially in Ghana…
We are now planning our return to Ghana, we are more determined than ever to get back.
I feel displaced here in the UK and with our tragic loss it’s now more important. We could either crumble or go forward and believe me there are days I feel like crumbling but I have two other beautiful daughters that God has blessed us with. They need us and need a proper childhood free to play outdoors, a decent education along with a healthy organic diet.
Ghana is a beautiful place to live, of course it has it’s down side but for me there are things that override this that make it bearable. We plan on renting a place for a year or two and running a bar and store. Whilst doing this we will either start building our own home or get a mortgage. My dream is to eventually go into farming, we have land so we should take advantage of that.
Overall the quality of life in Ghana is much richer than the UK, I have an advantage being from a royal family in Ghana and also sometimes been classed as obroni (white person) which I must admit annoys me but if it goes in my favour then why not…. It’s not going to be easy and we will surely face challenges but overall I can’t wait to get back for good this time. We own three Mercedes vans one works as a tro tro and two are in contracts with various companies so this will ride us over while we are there. My advice to anyone wanting to have a business in Ghana is to be there yourself to watch over everything and especially if you plan on building a house.
That is all from me but watch this space as I will continue to write monthly for TOWIG!
Until the next time…
Maame Queffuah x