Dutch-born in Ghana, Marli Van Iwaarden has said she has fallen in love with everything Ghanaian and wants to be recognised as a daughter of the soil.
While speaking to DJ Nyaami on SVTV Africa, the beautiful white lady, albeit born in the West African country and thus could wield dual citizenship, said she wishes her mom had made her a Ghanaian instead.
The young lady was born in Akwatia, Eastern Region but she and her mom moved to the Northern part of Ghana owing to the nature of their work. Locals in the community named her Lamisi (female Thursday born).
Lamisi mentioned that she wishes to settle in Ghana, but the process has been difficult.
“Every year, I apply for a resident permit, non-resident ID, and other things. The money aspect is also tough. I have a job in Ghana, so I take cedis, not euros. I pay about 6000 to 7000 cedis a year depending on the dollar rate,” she said.
During the conversation, she was asked why she is not a citizen despite being born here to which she said; “I heard Netherlands and Ghana do not have that relationship to grant dual citizenship, so they asked my mom to choose.
According to my mom, she chose the Netherlands to be on the safer side for education, family, and the chance to go back if anything happens in Ghana. I wish she chooses Ghana now.”
Moreover, Miss Iwaarden mentioned some differences she has seen between both countries since she left Ghana in 2013.
“I prefer Ghana to Holland because Ghana is free. Everything is about appointments, but in Ghana, you just visit the person. I know the economy is bad, but it is tougher here. Many Ghanaians here are cleaners because their certificates don’t have value here due to the language difference,” she added.