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General News of Saturday, 21 May 2022


Is Ghana Africa's most expensive country to live in? - BBC report seeks answers

File photo of market women

BBC reports on the rising cost of living in Ghana

Report highlights impact of prices on rice importation

Tweeps concur with the content of the report

“In Africa, Ghana is one of the most expensive countries to live in, prices of goods and services have increased sharply since the beginning of the pandemic and some say the situation is becoming unbearable. Rising fuel and food prices are affecting all parts of society…,” this is the introduction to a BBC documentary on Ghana.

The 3 minutes 26 seconds piece focuses on the food business of Mark Mprim who goes to the market with BBC’s West Africa correspondent Nomsa Maseko to gauge the prices of food items.

Mark laments the 100% rise in the price of tomatoes. “I used to buy oil in bulk but now, I am even struggling to buy one,” he stated.

The report also focuses on how rice importers are cancelling orders due to the depreciation of the cedi against the US dollar.

A driver who spoke to the journalist also lamented the rise in fuel prices: “The money that we use to buy the fuel is too much, so we are appealing to the government to reduce the fuel for us so that it can help us.”

On social media platforms, Twitter, Ghanaians have been reacting to the BBC report largely backing the content and calling out the government for the general rise in the cost of living.

Watch the report below:


See some social media reactions below: