Ghana was the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence from British colonial rule in 1957. In this collection of conversations, a wide range of commentators consider Ghana’s transition in the 50 odd-year journey from colony through ‘Highly Indebted Poor Country’ to a stable and modern democracy. The test ahead lies in Ghana’s discovery of oil. Will Ghana at last be able to control its own economic destiny, free of obligations to donors and the storms from world commodity markets? This book sets out the problems and the promise.