On my recent visits to Accra and Lagos I saw enough to make me wonder:
- Do our cultures look down on planning?
- Is planning seen as a sign of weakness? i.e. not tough enough to deal with the rigors of doing business in Africa?
- Does the pressure to make money right now (however small) supersede the possibility of making millions by putting a little more effort into deliberate planning?
In Accra I got a chance to visit the new hangout spot in Osu called “CitiZen Kofi”. It is obvious the 5 story facility (complete with penthouse view of Accra just off the main Oxford street) was well planned and executed – and guess what, it’s owned by a Ghanaian.
For me it rivals any club/lounge/bar/restaurant you’ll see in New York, Chicago, London or any major western city in term of design, service, menu, ambiance, etc. Obviously it wasn't built with pocket change.
If you are a citizen of Ghana, by the power vested in me as a fellow citizen, consider it a civic duty (if you can afford it) to visit and spend some time (and money) at CitiZen Kofi in Osu.