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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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Great post! Lots of changes since I was last there.

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