8 Things You Did Not Know About Ghana

“Every country in the world has its own culture and traditions that reflect the uniqueness of its people, and Ghana is no exception. The West African nation is a prime target for international volunteers looking to make a difference on the continent while experiencing the best Africa has to offer”. 

Ghanaians and the country are loved worldwide for their unique culture and hospitality. The uniqueness of Ghana is such that the experience you get while in the country may not be got any other place in the world

We have listed 15 things you did not know about Ghana which you should;

Hissing means someone wants your attention

In Ghana we hiss at people when we want to attract their attention. This is very common in the country and one of the things that make Ghanaians unique as this is not common in other places

Visitors from abroad are called ‘obroni’

In Ghana visitors from abroad with white skin are called obroni. There is no classification whether you are french, German, English or what have you. Ones you have a white skin and in the country and from abroad, you are affectionately called obroni

Ghanaians are among Africa’s most peaceful people

As other African countries battle with civil unrest in their countries, Ghana has enjoyed relative peace over the past 2 decades are it’s people are known to be one of the most peace loving people on the continent.

Pregnant women eat clay

Many pregnant women in Ghana augment their usual diet with clay collected from the earth. This may seem strange to outsiders, but it is a part of Ghanaian culture, with many ladies claiming to desire clay in the same way that they may need ice cream or pickled onions. Ayelo or shile, a white clay, is usually ingested. This mineral-rich clay is mined, processed, and sold in Ghana’s local marketplaces.

Water is sold in sachets

Ghana is a developing country that lacks many of the basic amenities seen in many Western countries. More than 40% of Ghana’s total population, particularly in rural regions, do not have access to clean drinking water. As a result, most drinking water is offered in bottles or tiny pouches known as sachets. Water sachets are becoming increasingly popular as a simple way to enjoy a cool drink on the go. Water sachets are sold all across Ghana, from street coolers, sidewalk stores, carts parked beside highways, and by individual hawkers who appear wherever traffic congregates.

Ghanaians are named after days of the week

The Akan, Ghana’s biggest ethnic group, names their children after the day of the week they were born. Because many Ghanaians are derived from the Akan tribe, the custom has persisted to this day, with each day having a distinct male and female name. Along with other ancestral and religious names, a kid is given these modern names. The names and their derivatives allude not only to the day of the week, but also to traits associated with that day.

Cedi currency is named after seashells

The use of shells as monetary currency is not unusual historically; in Western Africa, shell money, known as cowry was legal tender until the middle of the 19th century. The Ghanaian currency cedi is named after the Fante word meaning cowry shell, which was first introduced as currency in Africa during the 14th century. 

Ghana uses Greenwich Mean Time

When visiting Ghana, you’ll probably anticipate to have to adjust to a whole other time zone, but if you’re coming from the UK, you won’t have to adjust too much because Ghana, like London, follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). GMT is used in Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and is associated with UK organizations such as the Met Office and the BBC.

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