Today we had our UCC lecture session with Canadian professor, Karine Geoffrion. She discussed tourism and expectations of tourists and how they differ from the reality of tourism in Ghana. She specifically touched on Black American repatriates and their experience in Ghana. At the end of her lecture, she touched on the rise of sex tourism and the exploitation of Ghanaians for sexual services, including those westerners who come to Ghana/Africa looking for a homosexual relationship. For the most part, the lecture was informative and interesting. Personally, I wished we spent more time talking about dating in Ghana and expectations that both westerners and Ghanaians have in “international dating,” especially in terms of gender/power relations.
I was particularly interested in “international dating” because a few of the females in our group have befriended Ghanaian or Black expatriate guys. Even I, “Mama Africa,” have befriended a rather attractive Ghanaian/Ivorian who teaches at a school in Cape Coast. My “special friend”, who I will refer to as “Benny”, teaches French and knows about 9 other languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian. As prescribed by the Davidson-in-Ghana program, Benny has met everyone at the house, eaten dinner with us, and The Fuj knows our whereabouts at all times. Last weekend, one of our few free weekends while in Ghana, Benny took me to Hans Cottage, a resort-like place that is known for its “friendly” crocodiles. It was so beautiful. We just hung out and talked for hours.
Much like the other girls who have befriended Ghanaians, I’m unsure of where things will go after my departure. Life has unexpected twists and turns and only the Creator knows where they will take me. For our last 15 days in Ghana though, I’m sure all of us will be busy with final rehearsals, wrapping up internships/research, and saying our last goodbyes to this beautiful place.
Happiness only comes once in a lifetime, so enjoy it while it lasts…