Oct
12

Ghana Custom Trumps Street Signs

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The nature of the use of the address sometimes runs into cultural habits and instincts. This humorous reflection on dealings with cab drivers and others in a number of different countries in Africa gives us pause to remember that sometimes culture and hospitality are more important than “efficiency”. So not having street addressing may not be such a horrible social loss? Well, we’re not convinced, nor, actually, is the author, since so much in both the developing and developed world depends on one’s having an address – getting a passport or a loan, for example. And the article inspired a great deal of multinational interaction over customs in Ghana. If you deal with addresses, you will learn much from these exchanges. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8402047.stm

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