Ghana Life: Seeking Compatriots in England

Before gaining independence in 1957, Ghana had been the British colony of the Gold Coast. Many Ghanaians had received education and craft training in Britain and after independence the flow northwards expanded. The pursuit of a bigger lifetime led to expatriate communities becoming established in all major British cities. Newly arrived visitors to Britain naturally sought outside their countrymen for companionship in a weird land. In his novel The Colonial Gentleman’s Son, John Powell describes how Kwame Mainu at the age of 27 came to Britain on his first visit in 1984 and locate outside to find some compatriots in the megalopolis of Coventry. More information: human rights

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