Accra, Ghana © 123RF
Accra, Ghana © 123RF

Country spotlight: Ghana

21 January 2016

26 million (58% of whom are under 25).


The helicopter view
The GDP of Africa’s 11th largest economy will grow, in real terms, by 5.7% this year. Yet the West African country has experienced significant social unrest. President John Dramani Mahama has endured such trenchant criticism that he likened himself to a dead goat, saying: “It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn’t fear the knife, because it is dead already.” Manufacturing grew 9.1% in 2016, a decent performance given the persistent electricity shortages.

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