Accra welcomed me with some very thick, warm air on Sunday afternoon, May 31st. While I had been mentally prepared for the heat, my body still experienced a minor panic as my hub Manager, Bridget, met me at Kotoka International Airport and led me out to her car. Within minutes I could feel the sweat on my forehead and upper lip collecting. Exhausted and confused about exactly what time it was for me, I was thankful to be taken under Bridget’s wing that evening. She fed me a delicious home cooked Ghanaian meal and delivered me to my hotel. I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.
My first day of work began bright and early the following morning at 6:30am. Accra is notoriously horrendous for its traffic, so morning commute starts early. Traveling a mere few miles can take well over an hour during the heart of traffic hour. I was lucky enough to commute with Bridget during my first week of work and I accompanied her to the EWEC office on my first morning in Accra.
EWEC’s office is set along the eastern side of Accra in a fairly quiet neighborhood called Labadi. Upon initial inspection, the neighborhood appears a bit sparse, with large open spaces connected primarily by dirt roads. A closer look, however, reveals a great deal of growth and development taking place in the neighborhood. I would not be surprised to find the area bustling in just a few years. As I sit here and type this, actually, I hear numerous hammers pounding away in the near distance. In general, I’ve noticed a great deal of development taking place throughout Accra and it is great to see the economic growth the city is experiencing.
Founded in 2008, EWEC is a young organization with a full time staff of 5 people. Currently sharing the two story office space of Eagle Productions Limited (staff of 24) until sufficient resources are available for their own office, the work environment is busy, committed and friendly. I’ve noticed an eagerness from everyone on the EWEC staff to learn from the knowledge I have to offer and I’m excited to share some of my experiences with them. I’ve also realized that I have a great deal to learn about business in Ghana!
Over all, my first week has been exhausting, fascinating, confusing and wonderful. I’ve received such a warm welcome from Ghana, my new co-workers, and in particular, EWEC’s hub manager, Bridget. It has been a great first week and I’ll be updating often as I dive into work with EWEC.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!
Posted By Josanna Lewin
Posted Jun 11th, 2010