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Ghana Must Go: The ugly history of Africa’s most famous bag

   The Nigeria and Ghana rivalry has been around for as long as both countries have existed. This rivalry has strongly influenced the culture of the two countries in such a way that they compete in music, film, education, sports, and even Jollof rice. Nigerians will prefer to lose a football match to the Senegalese national team than losing to the black stars of Garner. When they eventually do, it's like a huge humiliation to the entire country and a great victory for the Ghanians. The strange thing is that the two countries do not even share borders, but it has always felt like they did. Obviously, it has something to do with the two countries being English speaking and British colonies and mid to French speaking countries. You see, Nigeria and garner are separated by Togo, and Benin, to Francophone countries, but it has never really mattered. They feel act and behave like neighbors. Until Garner's independence, both countries had the same currency, the same airline, and the same Apex court settled all judicial matters. Then it was very common to see lots of Nigerians in Ghana and lots of Ghanians in Nigeria. Ghana got her independence in March 1957. And their Nigerian cousins got theirs in October 1960. For many Nigerians, this didn't feel right. They were, of course, the bigger and the most populous of the two and should have gotten their independence before the smaller Garner. And yes, Nigeria is bigger than Garner. But at that time before oil was discovered in Nigeria, Garner was the richest of the two countries. Then in November 1969, the Ghanaian government passed an order called the aliens compliance order, which authorized all undocumented immigrants or aliens as they called them to leave Garner. Even though there were Togolese, Burkinabe, Ivorians and other West Africans in the country, Nigerians formed the majority of the foreign population in Ghana then, so it felt like the exercise was aimed at Nigerians, Nigerians, however, we'll never forget this. Around 1974, Ghana's economy collapsed, and life in Ghana became difficult. This would lead many Ghanians to migrate to neighboring countries in search of greener pastures. And one of these countries was, well, you've guessed it, Nigeria. You see, around 1958, Nigeria discovered oil and it resulted in a boom in the country's economy. All of a sudden, it seemed the dynamics had changed. Nigeria was rich and garner was broke. Then in Nigeria, if you were a Nigerian family of any worth, you had to have a gone a nanny, a Ghanaian maid servant are gone and cook a Ghanaian gardener, and your children will likely to have a Ghanaian teacher at school or as a private tutor. Ghanians. Living in Nigeria were having a good time until 1983 When the Nigerian government announced the expulsion of all undocumented aliens in the country, of which Ghanians constituted the majority to the Ghanians. This felt like payback. This exercise will later be known unofficially as gone a must go. Many Ghanians affected often recount their journey back home as one of the most unpleasant experiences of their life. Most of them took only what they could carry for the journey, and either abandoned or cheaply sold what they couldn't. Their properties would be kept in a certain kind of plastic bag known today as the Garner must go back. In 1975, the Economic Community of West African state echoes was formed. And as the two major English speaking countries in the group, Ghana and Nigeria needed each other to make things work. And gradually, both countries went back to building a once broken relationship. Nowadays, it seems the rift between the two countries has died down. Ghana remains a favorite destination for the rich and famous in Nigeria, as some of them often send their children to school in the country. Nigeria remains the entertainment heaven for most Ghanians owing to its popularity all over the world. In all the rivalry between the two countries has come a long way.

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