Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A P.S. on Ghana@50

Salamatu Abukare, 55, will witness for the first time this week the lavishness that African leaders usually reserve for their own. She will watch agog as a fleet of 50 Mercedes, 50 BMWs and 30 Jaguars, costing about £3 million, ferry the continent’s elite to a huge party to celebrate Ghana’s 50th anniversary of independence — an event that was regarded as heralding the end of British colonialism.She will then sit back and watch as the sky is lit up by a fireworks and laser display.

Mrs Abukare lives with her husband and four children in a wooden shack with a corrugated iron roof in the heart of Sodom and Gomorrah — the name given by its residents to the stinking, sprawling suburb of Agbogbloshi on the edge of the shabby capital, Accra.

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