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DECODING THE MYSTERY OF THE GHANAIAN MECHANIC & TECHNICIAN

Ghanaian mechanics and technicians tend to have a terrible reputation. Prior to the country gaining the uncomfortable reputation of becoming an e-waste dump site, many vehicles and devices have ended their useful life here. Many vehicles and gadgets have gone to their grave-yard in the hands of the Ghanaian mechanic and technician.

Fitting shop in Ghana - Photo credit N. Ojewska.

It is shocking when someone goes to the hospital seemingly healthy but never returns. However, this is a common fate for many gadgets and equipment in Ghana.
So what exactly is the problem? What makes the Ghanaian mechanic or technician so stereotypically terrible at their job.

After years of dealing with Ghanaian mechanic and repairers it has become quite clear to me what the fundamental problem accounting for their inefficiency in the large majority of repair cases is. While we have common tendencies such as taking things for granted and "trusting God", using crude tools, general over-confidence a…