Saturday, September 5, 2009
Why can’t Ghana be white-listed?
It is pain when one wants to purchase an item online from a website and just realizes that it is not possible simply because one’s IP is a Ghanaian IP and has been blacklisted together with a few other African nations’ IPs. Even with a credit card in your hand, there is very little you can achieve within the borders of Ghana.
Many foreigners do not want to do business with Ghanaians online as soon as they realize you are from Ghana. I agree with the school of thought that supports this security move to clamp down on 419 scams and other internet fraud activities that are becoming rampant nowadays. We are notorious for such activities, and no one will ever dispute that. Now I hear Sakawa has been taken to the next step; spiritualist and wizards are now play vital part in the Sakawa dealings.
But my question is “If we were blacklisted because of a few bad nuts then why can’t Ghana be white listed because of the good ones?” Over the past few years some very credible IT companies have come up to do unquestionable businesses in the country. I thought the powers that be will release the black listed nations off their shackles because of these achievements in the business arena. I was dead wrong. What level of credibility then must black-listed countries attain before Paypal opens an office in Ghana? Or how many internet fraudsters must be arrested before I can finally order for goods online?