Beyond the Return: How more than 50 Ghanaians in the diaspora are making plans to relocate to Ghana post COVID-19

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Over 50 people of African descent, who are living outside Ghana have expressed interest in coming to set up businesses in Ghana once the Coronavirus pandemic is dealt with and travel restrictions lifted.

This was after a significant number of these people heard the success story of a 28-year-old who relocated to Ghana from the United States of America to start a food truck business in the West African country.

Deijah Gordon left her family in Brooklyn, New York to start a food truck business in Ghana, in clear defiance to warnings from friends and colleagues against such a ‘risky’ venture in the sub-saharan country.

Growing up, Deijha says she was shown all the ‘negatives; starving children, dirty roads, huts’ about the continent and so she decided to come and see for herself what the real story of Africa was. To her surprise, the situation in Ghana was nothing compared to what had been reported on various television stations in the states.

Beyond the return: 28-year-old African American relocates to Ghana; starts food truck business

Despite a ban on the ‘full’ operations of eateries and restaurants in the country as part of a number of measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the country, 28-year-old Deijha Vu’s Jerk hut, appears to be doing quite well with scores ordering for take outs, in strict compliance with directives by authorities.

But, that is not the only success story thus far. The opportunity given her by ABC News to tell her story appears to have inspired many who had dreams of relocating to the land of their ancestors.

A number of these people appear to have heard rather resoundingly, the President’s call on all in the diaspora sometime last year to invest in the country but appeared to be lacking the necessary push, at least, until the 28-year-old’s story broke the internet in Ghana.

Deijha Vu tells ABC News that at least 50 people in the diaspora have reached out to her and shared plans of relocating to Ghana, also to start businesses of their own in the country once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

According to her, in addition to the over 50 people, about 7 of her High School colleagues have also expressed interest in coming to Ghana after watching her vlogs on setting up her business.

“I brought my family here, I brought my cousins here and every single one of them loved it and I am vlogging to show them the process of me starting a business and when I show them my apartment and the nightlife, everyone is so amazed.
“I have so many people coming here, like 7 of my high school friends coming to Ghana, my mum has been here twice, my grandfather stayed till January but before then nobody in my family visited Ghana or Africa and it wasn’t in their mind to,” she said.

This is particularly welcoming news as countries reel under the biting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several countries in Africa are projected to see a shrink of between 2% and a staggering 20% in their GDP due to the pandemic. Here in Ghana, the government has hinted of plans to ensure a slow but steady return to normalcy albeit not forsaking all safety protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus as it opens up the economy for brisk business activity. With these 50 people or more returning to the country to invest in the economy, surely, the country is sure to record some significant gains in the next few years despite the coronavirus outbreak wiping out a chunk of the successes chalked in the past few years.

Watch the interview below:



SourceABC News

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