USA v GHANA

You remember those essay exams where they asked you to compare and contrast two different elements, states, circumstances, phenomena, etc.? Well, yeah, I hated them too. That said, here's a light-hearted "compare and contrast" of the USA v Ghana. A surprising number of similarities.

USA Why is there a Starbucks on every corner?


Ghana Why is there a pharmacy on every corner?



Kwei Quartey is ständing near a pharmacy and pharmacy sign)
Pharmacy on Oxford St. Accra--there's another two blocks away (Photo:Kwei Quartey)


USA Because Starbucks makes boatloads of money


Ghana Because pharmacies make boatloads of money



USA Uber/Lyft


Ghana Uber/Yango/Bolt (but Bolt is killin' it)


Yango vehicle ride-hail service in Accra
Yango ride-hail vehicle (Photo: John Sakpe)

USA Uber Eats/Doordash/Postmates etc.


Ghana Uber Eats/Bolt Food

USA Amazon is for anyone


Ghana Amazon is for rich people

USA Humor: lots of sarcasm


Ghana Humor: sarcasm doesn't work (more literal).

USA Wassup bro?


Ghana Wassup bro?

USA Credit cards/Apple Pay/Zelle/Paypal/CashApp


Ghana Mobile wallets/credit cards, but cash is still king


Vodafone Cash wallet with options to send money, Buy bundle, etc.
Vodafone Cash Wallet (Screenshot)

USA People love KFC


Ghana People love KFC (and think it's cool to eat there)


KFC outlet on Oxford Street of Accra
KFC on Oxford Street, Accra (Photo: John Sapke)

USA People like pizza


Ghana People are crazy about pizza (buy someone pizza, they'll love you forever)

USA Bribing police officers: not a good idea


Ghana Works every time

USA Being on time is important


Ghana Meh

USA Service tech tomorrow between 1 and 5 PM


Ghana Sometime this week. Maybe.

USA People love and admire SUVs


Ghana People love and admire SUVs

USA Regular scheduled trash pickup


Ghana Call as needed, or flag them down as they go by


Standing with a trash collector in Ghana
The trash ("bola") collector and me (Photo: Carlos Amalba)

USA Automated trash trucks


Ghana Manpower


USA Best universities staggeringly expensive

Ghana Best universities staggeringly expensive

USA Flaunt your wealth


Ghana Flaunt your wealth

USA Sanitation: satisfactory


Ghana Next topic


USA Begging the populace to take the Covid vaccine


Ghana The populace can't even find the Covid vaccine

USA Crooked politicians


Ghana Very crooked politicians

USA Rich megachurch pastors


Ghana Rich megachurch pastors

USA Hypocritical pastors


Ghana Hypocritical pastors



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