Cars are major means of transportation now in Ghana. At first, it was not very easy to come by car in the country in the days of the 90s.
Most transportation was done by the use of animals, like donkey, horses, etc. It will interest you to know when car was first brought to Ghana.
In 1902, the first motor vehicle arrived in the Ghana by then called Gold Coast. The fragile and finicky vehicle, a paraffin fueled and steam driven French Gardner Serpollet car cost £543.
It was brought in for Governor by then called, Matthew Nathan.
The car was a symbol of luxury and Western modernity in the West African colony, but Nathan’s vehicle was also an experiment.
British Secretary of State for the Colonies Joseph Chamberlain had suggested two years earlier that “it might be advisable to employ a motor car as an experiment on the roads near Accra and Cape Coast.”
It was in that regards car came to Ghana. The British colonial officials like Chamberlain believed that motor vehicles would revolutionize.
At that time, cars were used to show wealth and luxury but now, many people in Ghana have cars and many can afford a public means.
In the olden days when cars came to Ghana, it was not common for ordinary person to enter a car. It was only used by well known wealthy people especially people in government.