I first came to Ghana in 1981 as a consultant on a private-sector poultry project and have since returned several times. One of the wealthier countries in Africa, it was the first of Great Britain's former colonies to achieve independence. I have been able to travel extensively, driving from Accra to the northern border with Burkino Faso in 2005. My favorite place is Lake Bosumtwi, a deep, natural lake created by a meteor impact. A gentle, if long, walking path around the lake passes through many small fishing and farming villages and provides a great opportunity to experience rural Ghana and interact with this country's friendly people.