Prince Charles in Africa: A royal visit to a land of princes and chiefs


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In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on the Prince of Wales’ two visits to the West African state.

When the heir to the British throne first came to Ghana, I was a reporter on the Daily Graphic newspaper and the conversation in the newsroom was whether Prince Charles could be described as handsome.

This was in 1977 and the prince was a 29-year old unmarried man. All young unmarried rich men used to be described as dashing.

I think those who said he was handsome were in the majority in the newsroom and for a long time a big poster of him came to adorn a wall behind the desk of one of the young women…

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