It’s a hot day in July. A group of young women and men is standing in front of a hotel in the centre of the Ghanaian capital Accra waiting to be let in. They’ve spruced themselves up, and are chatting excitedly as they join the queue. They have already overcome the first hurdle regarding breaking into the Ghanaian job market: many of them have recently completed a training course or study programme. They’re hoping to be able to take the next step at the Ghana Job Fair.
University graduate Ivana Obeng is 28 years old. She’s happy to have been awarded one of the coveted places for the fair. “Everyone who graduates from university wants to get a well-paid job. Unfortunately, the hard reality in Ghana is that a university education doesn’t guarantee you a job.” That’s why Obeng is thinking about becoming self-employed, and has even come up with a specific idea for starting a business. She’s hoping that this fair will give her more of an idea about how to proceed.