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Good morning, Bernard,

I appreciate your time.  Another priest and I will be visiting Ghana this spring (late May) for two weeks (also briefly Kenya and Togo) and I am asking in general what are your suggestions.  We are going to be hosted by a family known to the other priest here in the U.S.  
Do we need separate visas for Kenya and Togo as well?  Any percautions you suggest?  What about bringing a gift for the host family?
Also, would you mind telling me which side of the plane one should sit to see Africa from the air for the first time?  We're flying into Accra.
Thanks very much!
Fr. J. Dietrich

Fr. Dietrich,

Yes you will need visas for all the countries you'll be visiting and you should get them while you're in the US. As for gifts, since Ghanaians, Togolese, and Kenyans are all fairly poor, any gifts will be appreciated by the host families - Africans generally prefer gifts of cloths. That is a few yards of materials will go a long way for them.

As for which side of the plane... I don't remember that the plane really banks on approach to Accra so either side should be fine. In reality, there's really not much to see as everything is grey.

Good luck and enjoy your time in Africa.


P.S. Please don't forget to rate my answer.


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Bernard Ting


I can answer most questions about Ghana in terms of doing business, setting up a business, investment requirements, local cost of living, and pretty much most information that you would not normally find on official government websites. I also do some consulting for the Ghana Immigration Service so can answer most immigration related questions.


I have lived in Ghana for the past 5 years running my own factory. As well, I import and export out of Ghana. I have contacts and friends here from all walks of life from the average unemployed person to government ministers.

I attended the University of Toronto majoring in psychology and subsequently was sent to Columbia University for executive management training for 3 years by a major multinational company I used to work for. I have given speeches and presentations on sales and marketing at an industry conference and am a certified trainer for Organizational Leadership and Sales Leadership by The Forum Corporation.

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