Our hosts for Sunday dinner were Esther and Afrane. We had not met these two Colorado State University students until we arrived in Accra. Introduced to us by a former classmate, Esther and Afrane are currently completing the same MBA program where we (Carole & Tim) met. As a program requirement, students must research a potential social enterprise. These two Ghanaians, Esther and Afrane, started an education-based venture and are back in Accra discovering the market opportunity for their business. We were lucky enough to connect with them a few times before they leave back to Fort Collins and not only discuss their MBA experience, but learn more about Ghanaian customs, traditions, and perfectly-spiced food.
Making unique connections in Ghana, though, seems to be the norm. We met Esther and Afrane here, and hadn’t previously in the U.S. We’ve been to dinner with Tim’s former Seattle boss three times. We’ve had drinks with a former MBA professor. We ate Indian food with a co-worker of former co-worker. We met a University of Denver alum for the first time who, coincidentally, ran the newspaper a few years after Carole started it. Connections are strange, but no need to be a stranger. We appreciate the “random” encounters with those we’ve never met until in West Africa, and we’re learning that personal and professional friends-of-friends-of-friends are valuable.
So keep the connections coming, friends and family.
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small world after all.
So true, monotonous Disney song. So true.