Motoring with Bob Roco ROMEO: “Celebrating 50 Years of an Icon, Ghana’s Love Affair with the Volkswagen Golf”


By Eddie POKU

Mk 1, Volkswagen Golf.
Image Source: Volkswagen AG

As the Volkswagen Golf celebrates its 50th anniversary, it’s not just a global milestone; it’s a nostalgic journey down memory lane for many in Ghana. The Golf, an emblem of practicality and style, has carved a unique place in the hearts of Ghanaians, becoming a part of the nation’s automotive folklore.

Growing up between Ghana and Nigeria, the ubiquity of the VW Golf was unmistakable. It was more than just a car; it was a member of the family. Almost every other household boasted a Golf parked in its driveway, each one with its own set of stories and adventures. Its popularity soared not just because of its affordability and reliability but also due to its uncanny ability to fit into the diverse lifestyles of Ghanaians.

Despite not being officially available in the country currently, the Golf’s legacy endures. Ghana’s roads still host these stalwart vehicles, many of them ‘grey imports,’ continuing to add chapters to their enduring story. The Golf community in Ghana, though unofficial, is vibrant and passionate. Car enthusiasts, nostalgic owners, and new admirers alike share a common bond over this iconic vehicle.

What’s truly remarkable about the Golf in Ghana is the tapestry of stories it weaves. From bustling city commutes in Accra to navigating the serene landscapes of the Ashanti region, each Golf has tales embedded in its journey. It’s common to hear Ghanaians reminisce about their first driving experience in a Golf, or how it played a crucial role in family road trips.

Celebrating 50 years of the Volkswagen Golf is also acknowledging its impact on Ghanaian culture. It’s a reflection of resilience, adaptation, and the joy of motoring. While the newer models may not grace the Ghanaian roads through official channels, the legacy models keep the flame burning, fueling conversations and a growing community that appreciates the Golf’s heritage.

As Volkswagen continues to innovate and lead, the Golf remains a symbol of an era, a reminder of simpler times, and a beacon of automotive excellence. Here’s to 50 years of the Volkswagen Golf, a car that’s not just driven but loved, a vehicle that’s not just about the journey but also the memories created along the way. Cheers to the Golf, Ghana’s beloved automotive icon.

Volkswagen Golf Heritage

Edward Boateng Opoku, known as Eddie Poku, is an automotive enthusiast and the creative force behind Ryde Channel on YouTube. His channel features in-depth car and motorcycle reviews, profiles of auto enthusiasts, and coverage of automotive events. Engaged in the automotive industry, Eddie actively participates in discussions about cars and motorcycles. Connect with him on YouTube at Ryde Channel, LinkedIn at, and visit for more.

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