Ghana football: How to dribble around nationality rules

In our series of letters from African journalists, Elizabeth Ohene considers why Ghana’s nationality laws do not extend to the country’s football team, the Black Stars, who are playing at the World Cup in Qatar.

The definition of a Ghanaian is very strict for those wanting to qualify to stand as a member of parliament. If you have ever carried a passport or national identity of any other country apart from Ghana, be ready to be subjected to long scrutiny in the courts.

An MP once not only lost his seat, but was even jailed because he could not prove he had renounced a previous British citizenship before he filed his papers to be elected into parliament.

A current MP has just been cleared by the High Court and deemed to have been legitimately elected, after almost two years of litigation, as the court found she had renounced an earlier Ivorian citizenship.

Yet another MP is still struggling to be allowed to stay on after a court found he had not renounced his Canadian citizenship…

Continue Reading →

This article was written by and originally published on