With Mama preparing to visit the country in late March, I have compiled a list of tips and advice for when she arrives to Accra. It contains everything from tips on managing your electronics in Africa, to how to respond to marriage proposals. Without any further adieu, here are my top 10 pieces of advice for tourists visiting Ghana.
Atirique, Tuepa, Adzogbo and Agbadza. Have no fear; I shall teach you how to pronounce the names of these dances upon my return.
Be sure to read this list of 25 sure-fire ways to know you’re in Ghana!
I had my end-of-term exam last Friday in social studies. Although the exam wasn’t particularly difficult, it ended up being extremely thought-provoking because of the following essay question:
.#3. “List four problems that are created in the society when marriages breakdown.”
Ghanaian minister of trade and industry Hannah Tetteh summarized much of Africa’s views on the issue with the following quote: “Every society has its norms and what it considers to be acceptable. In the Western world, it is acceptable to have gay relationships and even move on to the next level to gay marriages; in our society, it is unacceptable.”
Last weekend I went on a trip to Kumasi with my host dad to be introduced to several of his childhood friends. On the way, we stopped at a political rally for parliamentary nominations. The entire Muslim dominated community seemed to gather at the small NDC (National Democratic Congress) headquarters in Kumasi, where incumbent Honorable Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka was to be nominated for another term in office…
Many of my previous blog posts have been about exceptional experiences, special events, and have mainly served to highlight the best times in my Ghanaian life.
This post simply chronicles a typical day at school. It’s nothing extraordinary, just a ‘day in the life…
Being a white male from the United States, it’s hard to imagine life as a minority. Here in Ghana, it’s a reality. In fact – in my Ghanaian secondary school, I’m the only Caucasian male student. This post is a mash-up between Obruni and Caucasian stereotypes – as I experience both.
As far as rules and regulations go in Ghanaian and American high schools, many rules followed strictly in America are largely ignored here, while the contrary is also true. One thing’s for certain – in Ghana there is no rule-book explicitly saying what you ‘can’ or ‘can’t do’, and no ‘set’ consequences for acting up. It’s more of a ‘learn as you go’ sort of thing…
In order to understand Ghanaian high school, one must first understand that the goal here is to pass the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The goal isn’t to learn practical knowledge for use in the real world, rather to pass the examination required to graduate and go to university.