Must Ghana Go?
The medallion is made out of bags known as “Ghana must go". This durable check print duffel like bag is a cheap alternative for people often used as general luggage, a tremendous assortment of belongings can fit into just one Ghana Must Go Bag.
In the late 1960's, due to major economic concerns, along with the belief that immigrants caused or exacerbated many of the social ills plaguing Ghana and Nigeria respectively, both nations created strict anti-immigration policies. In 1969, Ghana enacted the Aliens Compliance Order, in which hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly Nigerian, were expelled from the country. In 1983, Nigeria introduced the Expulsion Order, in which the government ordered over 2 million immigrants to leave, most of which were Ghanaian. Ghanaians had to flee rapidly from Nigerian and resorted to these Nigerian bags that lead to a revolution in the Nigerian luggage. Basically anyone at the time carrying the bag was identified as Ghanaian and was obviously leaving Nigeria to go back home.
Ghana Must Go Bags are still in use and are sold all over the world. The bags also have made their way into the fashion world. Designers like Louis Vuitton have incorporated bags into their collections, making both a statement and history.