Dryden Wilson Tate Brown and his friend came to Africa from the United States of America with no connections and network but were able to have a drive in the presidential motorcade.
This sounds very ridiculous, bizarre and nonsensical but that’s what a long thread of tweets he shared pointed to.
According to the story, Dryden Wison Tate Brown said he wanted to do something heroic after completing college so he spoke to his friend Charlie Callinan who bought into the idea.
So they decided to visit Africa to start building cities. After making all the preliminary searches and talking to the right people about their plan, they embarked on a journey to Nigeria to work it out.
Brown said they were so broke that they couldn’t afford a plane ticket to Nigeria. They had to win some tournament and grant in order to secure the money to fly to Nigeria.
Upon arriving in Nigeria, things did not pan out as expected even though they had the chance to meet some officials of the Nigerian government. They then decided to come to Ghana, meet a friend who had some connections in government and voila….the rest was history.
Well, it wasn’t a great History at all. Brown added that they secured a meeting with the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta which was cancelled. As they were loitering about on the street of Accra, a call came from the office of the Vice President and eventually they were conveyed in a presidential motorcade just because of their accent and colour.
Brown has seen put protection on his tweet after it went viral but we have a good excerpt of it for you:
We saw the opportunity cost of living in SF & NYC falling due to a loss of community, poor city management, broken infrastructure, and the rise of the cloud labor market,
“That weekend, Charlie won $2,000 at a golf tournament, taking our bank balance to $2,047. A few days later, @CCI gave us a small grant, so we bought tickets to Nigeria.”
“With our last thousand dollars, I flew to Ghana for a meeting with a friend of a friend of a person I’d met once over cocktails,” he narrated.
“When I landed in Ghana, I met Alex’s connection’s friends: Ed and Joyce. They did in fact work for Ghana, and are both brilliant. Ed, Joyce, and I drove around Ghana, touring sites and pitching their colleagues in government on the concept of building a charter city.
“The trip yielded two interesting new city opportunities, so I flew home extremely energized and ready to dig in further.”
“In early September we spec’d out an initial plan for building and financing a new city in West Africa. We needed to get back ASAP to meet with governments, but we were out of money again.”
“We landed in Accra a few days before the meeting. The day of, he cancelled,” he revealed.
“Be in front of the Parliament building in 20 minutes. You are meeting with the Vice President.”
“We got picked up by the Presidential Motorcade, and sped to the Jubilee House (Ghana’s White House), swerving around cars that were slow to get out of our way,” he recounted.
“When we got out of the sedan, we were still processing what had just happened and what was to come.
“The Secret Service brought us into the building, and we waited in a clean, white room. Eventually, we were brought up to Vice President Bawumia’s office,” Brown added.
Many Ghanaians have expressed disdain at the revelation and shuddered with shock at how access to the seat of government has been made that easy especially for foreigners simply because they have a different accent and skin colour.