SPIRITUAL healers have virtually taken over space of billboards across the country.
This new trend is gradually overshadowing billboards of businesses, which used to be their preserve.
From domineering larger-than-life structures through to miniature signposts, the traditional priests and priestesses, mallams and other traditional healers are competing for space with churches and the business community.
Billboards advertising churches and shrines are on the increase along highways across the country, sometimes obstructing pedestrians and motorists alike.
Advertisers Association of Ghana (AAG) figures estimate the minimum cost of producing a billboard at GH¢3,000 while the most priced is GH¢80,000.
Proof that religion is a booming business in Ghana can be found in the increasing number of signposts and billboards advertising temples, churches and shrines promising career success, wealth, status in society, good marriages and problem-free visa acquisition, as well as booming business.
KOJO wakes up at 3 a.m. everyday to avoid being caught up in the long queue at the lorry park and he wished this could be over soon.
Ama is always late for work. Her excuse? Besides having to take care of her family’s needs every morning, she lives too far away from her work place and its hellish getting a car to the office.
Michael has tons of bills to pay monthly, yet he is tired of boarding trotros and taxis to the office.. He has lost several important documents and even money on some occasions in the unreliable public transport. In all the above scenarios, the characters will certainly welcome their own cars; if they can afford one.
But what if the costs of the cars are beyond them? Well! That is why the banks and other financial institutions are available to help. But it is not that simple. As the demand for cars increase, some banks have developed loans mainly for the purchase of cars. So bingo! Auto loans are the answer.
But who qualifies for an auto loan? Everyone who has the ab…
THEY come from all parts of the world to look for the most popular metal, gold.
Many come through the legal means, while some come through the back door.
But where are they coming from?
They travel from neighbouring West African countries such as Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, while, from very far away, illegal operators journey from Asia, the Americas and Europe, particularly China and Russia.
These immigrants first seek concession from the Minerals Commission, after obtaining some information on Ghana’s investment opportunities from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).
Other prospectors come to Ghana under many guises — tourists, investors and visitors — but end up joining hands with small-scale miners to plunder the country’s resources.
Ghana is rich in gold, from south to north, east to west, but this rich resource does not reflect on the people, especially those living in the mining communities.