[Unpublished] Trade in the eyes of Africa

Written in Accra, Ghana, in summer 2007 for New York University’s specialized reporting program   Sylvia Ashie sat among a dozen empty tables at her open-air restaurant in Tema, an industrial town outside of Ghana’s capital Accra, writing check after check, signing invoice after invoice. After a few moments of silence, still looking down at her checkbook, she asked, “Do you think people in the U.S. want to do business in places like this?” In the early ‘90s, Ashie, 57, owner of Sylvia’s Catering Services and restaurant, opened up a second business selling food ingredients to feed the factory workers at…