Gated communities are catching on in Ghana, and the Western-style setup may include a shift for some residents away from traditional extended-family living arrangements. A rising professional class has fueled the expansion of the communities, according to University of Western Ontario assistant professor of geography Godwin Arku. "Most of them are educated university graduates and some of them have been to school abroad. Their overall lifestyle is different and they have access to technology, cars, and houses," Arku said.

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