[Feature] Part 1: To Move or Not to Move?

Hello, its Bertha here again, Sometimes in our lives we come to a point where we just feel the need for a change. Have you ever felt the need for a change? I mean a change can be as small as a new pair of shoes, maybe a new location perhaps or a new hair style. I went a step further in 2014 which I will discuss later. Have you ever considered the reality of moving from one country to the next? The contemplation of my move was in it’s incubation stages in 2008 after visiting Ghana with a charity organisation.
The hustle and bustle of the London commute was beginning to take it’s toll and I yearned for fresh hair, sunnier climates and greener pastures. I envisioned sitting by a white sandy beach sipping on cold chilled Malt or maybe a Bacardi Breezer Black.

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You must understand that I grew up in Ghana until the age of 9 when my mother sent for me to visit her in London. This polished lady that you now see was once a village girl from a Town called Nalerigu.
So for me the move to Ghana wasn’t just a wishful idea, I had a real itch to be scratched. My roots have always been in the soil of Ghana and it was only a matter of time before the land of music called me to come home and dance. London was no longer doing it for me and I needed to change lanes. Oh by the way I am a christian and of course I didn’t just pack my bags and leave without much talking with my God. I had many days and nights of talking to God before I took the leap, mind you I was only going for 3 months. Nevertheless, the trip had to be fruitful, productive and successful for me to decide to make the permanent move. Achieving something of significance on my little adventure back to sunny Ghana was a must.ada-foah-2Once I got the clearance I booked my ticket and it was official. I was going to Ghana for 3 whole months..eeek!

The reactions of people who knew me was interesting. Some where scared that I wouldn’t return, some would miss me so much it would be best that I didn’t go whilst some reacted with tears and phone calls to say that they would miss me not being around. Some thought I was running away to get married and failed to tell them, you name it the emotion was expressed. I understood everyone’s reaction and I appreciated their love. However in all of it, I had to keep a level head about things because I had a big decision, to move or not to move and my three months trip was going to be the deciding factor.
The small gathering at my house proved to be a very emotional night but it also made me realise how loved I was. I was nervous and excited at the same time to leave a country that can exhibit four season’s within a space of an hour and welcome the land of sunshine.

I will let you know how I got on in my post next week, take care until then.

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11 Comments on [Feature] Part 1: To Move or Not to Move?

  1. Hello Bertha!

    I think you are very brave for moving to Ghana! My husband and I are moving to Ghana in January permanently and we would love it if you could give us advice especially for places to find a secure home thats inexpensive. Please feel free to email me whenever alannasmith13@yahoo.com thank you so much! And stay strong sistah!

    • Hey Alanna,

      My apologies for the late response I actually thought I had replied to your comment but obviously not. Thank you very much for your warm response to my post I really appreciate it. It’s great to hear that you guys are coming down for good. I do hope you guys have great research into eveeything here. ☺ The way of life can be great once you have everything in place. I will send you an email.

  2. Leaving the comfort of the familiar, in search of something bigger and better can be such a daunting thing to do. Reading your post reminded me of eight years back when I had to leave friends and family in the UK in order to study for a year in France – and it wasn’t out of choice! I remember being so struck by fear that I cried and cried on the morning of my move. Kudos to you! I wish you all the best. Perhaps you can one day write a post on your hometown Nalerigu? Would love to know more about it.


    • Hey Madeline,

      Sorry for my rather late reply to your comment. Working in Ghana and juggling other things can be a little crazy. Thank you for your comments much appreciated. Aaah its great to know that you can relate based on your own experiences.

      Thanks for the tip yes I think I will as part of my journey back.

      Take care for now.

    • Hey myfemalepersuasion,

      Nice to hear from you! Thanks for your comment. You are going to have a wale of a time here trust me. Just be prepared to experience a different way of life. Some will be good and some well…😊.I do hope everything will be good for you so that you can see the nice parts of our Africa! When I came to volunteer in 2008 I knew that I would be back. So let us know when you come and share your experiences with us. We would love to hear all about it.

      Take care for now!

  3. I definitely admire your courage, I have been battling with the decision to move back for months now so decided to come home this December and make my final decision after. I was born and raised in Madina so I kinda have a good picture of life there but it still doesn’t make the decision any easier. I look forward to my Christmas trip. I can hear the land of music calling me to come home and dance, and I must obey.

    • Hey Becks,

      Great to hear from you and thank you for your comments. “Brave” not sure but I am glad I did I’ve been here for over a year now and I have done and achieved far more than my 30 years in London. Every journey will be different. Come home for the right reasons and remember to leave the British mentality for somethings right where it belongs in London. Ghana is Africa and somethings can’t work with our British mindset. I like “I can hear the land of music calling me to come home and dance, and I must obey”. One of my favourite things about Ghana music is everywhere. Its unatrual to hear silence.
      All in all I wish you the very best in your decision making. May the best country win! 😆

    • Hey Claretha,

      Thank you for getting in touch! Oh I’m glad to hear that my article has inspired you. Ghana is a nice country with great potential to be fabulous if and when our leaders learn how to govern a great nation. Come for a visit if you can and check the pros and cons of the country. As you Africa as a continent has many advantages and disadvantages with many great oporrunities. I wish you all the best on your journey to discovering Africa! 😊

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