A UK RETAILER, TOPSHOP, IS SELLING OUR LOCAL TRAVEL BAGS FOR 8000 NAIRA
LOL! That's just super hilarious *rolls eyes*
So you are telling me after I pay through my nose or that of my family's for my visa and then my ticket and you know let's say I am going for my masters, I would now buy ghana must go bags for 8000 naira; under the claim that it is a tote bag and it is a respected fashion brand?
It’s usefulness and fame in Nigeria arrived in late January 1983, when the President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, held a press conference and ordered all immigrants without the right papers to leave the country within a few weeks. There were over two million people; one million were Ghanaians, and the rest were from a mix of other West African countries. “If they don’t leave, they should be arrested and tried, and sent back to their homes. Illegal immigrants under normal circumstances, should not be given any notice whatsoever. If you break a law, then you have to pay for it”, he said in a statement.
According to Aremu in the African Research Review (2013), this statement was greeted by a barage of criticism from the international community. Most of these immigrants lived in Lagos and had arrived during the oil boom of the 1970s. News travelled like wild fire and there was a lot of fear mongering in Lagos, rumours had it that once the deadline arrived by Feb 2, 1983, civilians had the right to confront aliens living in Lagos. Fuelled by the rumours of the Lagos treatment during the civil war, within a few days of the announcement, two million people packed what they could into “Ghana must go bags”, a large and deep bag characterised by its chequered appearance. There was massive exodus as immigrants travelled west towards Seme border; the only exit to Ghana.
It is quite popular worldwide and is used for laundry and to store beddings or even as holiday excess luggage in many countries in the world. But specifically, in Germany it is “Tuekenkoffer”, which means the Turkish suitcase. In the United States of America, it is called the “Chinatown tote”. In Guyana, it is the “Guyanese Samsonite”. In Ghana and Nigeria, where the bags are celebrities and the most recognisable signature of “movement” it is known simply as the “Ghana must go” bag.
Erm, So hi topshop, you want to sell something higher than the place of origin? from 500 naira to 8,000?
The cultural appropriation is just getting out of hand and is at this point just plain rude; i mean we accepted the hair trends because we have black women out here in straight weaves and hairs, but come on. First fashion house, Celine, used this print for jackets and now tote bags by topshop.