Here is what Kammie Holder is writing elsewhere – Credit to Nation Newspaper 03/09/2010
I am sitting in a restaurant at the Golden Tulip Hotel Kumasi, Ghana which is managed by Barbadian Stephen Husbands. The serene ambiance places me in a transcendental frame of mind.
The last 15 days have seen me traverse the Sahara desert and driving on a well paved highway 272kms long. Yes, in Africa. My journey of adventure and work has not been without pain and tears, the visit to Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast brought me to tears.
Every citizen of the African diaspora should visit the birthplace of his ancestry. For two long, we have been miseducated and our thoughts of Africa poisoned by those who would want to believe the worst of Africa.
Fellow citizens of the diaspora never blindly believe what you hear from the biased eyes of those with hidden agendas. Africa and Ghana is a land of many opportunities. What pains me is the ingratitude and appreciation of many Barbadians for the many social services and opportunities available. Bajans seem to be caught in a whirlwind of envy, deceit, selfishness, laziness and greed, to the detriment of the country’s development.
Barbadians of African lineage, you can claim ancestral links to Ghana, thus I will boldly say a fountain of gold awaits persons from Barbados with the entrepreneurial spirit. One such is the farming of African Giant Snails, which is a delicacy served in hotels and retails in markets for about US$2.50 for a large snail. Another observation I made, is that British Airways and four other airlines fly from Lonto Accra daily at full capacity despite British visa requirements. Have we been so brainwashed that we are ignorant to the potential of the African middle class spending power?