Play with caution in Africa, says Howard U. Soccer Coach

Howard University head soccer coach Phillip Gyau is building a beautiful home in Ghana, Africa, and he strongly recommends that anyone interested in following in his footsteps educate themselves about the process before kicking cash to anyone.

“When you’re coming from the U.S., they (Africans) think you have money,” said Gyau, who is near completing a 4-bedroom home near West Hill Mall, just outside of Accra, Ghana. “They will scam you in a minute. They act all genuine. They say if God’s willing, and they don’t even believe it (in God) themselves.”

Phillip Gyau, Howard University Mens' Head Soccer Coach and Ghana, homebuilder

While Gyau, who is of Ghanaian heritage, recommends investing in Africa, he advocates that people do their due-diligence and know the caliber of people that they’re working with before paying anyone their hard-earned money.

He suggests that people take the following steps, one, do a search on the proposed property with the Ghana Lands Commission ( This is similar to conducting a real estate title search in the U.S.; two, make sure that the name on the property title matches the name of the person that you’re purchasing the property from; three, give the seller only one-third of the asking price as a down payment (no more); four, once you’ve submitted a down payment, start digging on the property, such as putting up a fence along the property lines. Once you start digging, if the land is being sold fraudulently, the real owner will surface once you break ground; and, five, know where the seller resides.

“When somebody is selling you land, you have to know where they live. Ghanaians hate shame. They don’t want it, otherwise you might get scammed.” As more foreigners are migrating to the country, Ghanaians are beginning to see local real estate as a viable commodity. “They are more aware of what they have, all these people are trying to move to Ghana, the English, Dominicans, as well as white folks.” Ghanaian residents are starting to see the value.

The coach, who has lived in the U.S. since 1975, knows. He’s on the last leg of completing his home, finishing up with painting and landscaping. His house sits on a 1-acre stretch of land near the mall, and will be used as a vacation, retirement, and rental space for his family and close associates who might be looking for a location while on holiday in Africa.

Since beginning to speak out about the highs and lows surrounding his building project, Gyau has had many people reach out to him searching for advice, and he continues to be open to offering his help. Anyone with questions can reach out to him at

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