I’m sure you must be familiar with the popular “Ghana Must Go” bag. But do you know how it came about?
In the 1970s, Ghana was facing a lot of economic hardships, just about the same time Nigeria had an oil boom. Citizens of some West African countries (mostly Ghanians) flocked into Nigeria in search of greener pastures .
But due to the over-reliance on oil, prices dropped in the 1980s and the revenue from foreign exhange dropped drastically. Unemployment and hardship kicked in, hence, the need to expell the foreigners that were straining the Nigerian resources.
The Federal Government then endorsed the deportation of 700,000 Ghanaians and they all packed their properties in a particular bag and till date the bag is still being referred to as the “Ghana Must Go” bags.
And just today, historic pictures of Ghanaians leaving Nigeria after being deported surfaced online.
This took place from the ship deck in Lagos on February 2, 1983.