Ghana has graciously been ranked by CNN as one of the safest and most peaceful destinations in the world. The freedom of movement, worship, and etc makes Ghana an enduring place to be. Ghana the Land of Gold, Freedom, Peace and Comfort. Ghana majestically is the gateway to Africa and the bedrock of democracy.
Ghana is a harmonious culturally rich country located in the western part of Africa, proportioned along the Gulf of Guinea and North of the equator. The distance across the widest part between longitude 1° 12′ east and longitude 3° 15′ west and measures about 560 km. The southernmost coast is at Cape Three Points which is 4° 30′ north of the equator. Ghana extends inland for 670 km to 11° north with a total area of 238,533 square km. Accra is the vibrant capital of Ghana with over 2 million people. Ghana is the first African country to gain its independence from Europe. The name Ghana derived from a medieval kingdom. It means WARRIOR KING in the Soninke Language. The present day Ghana was called the Gold Coast (because of its abundance of gold deposit ) before its independence in 1957. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana’s first president who was instrumental in the country’s independence.
Ghana has diverse religions and is a free worship zone. Ghana is a place where people freely mingle together regardless of their religious affinity. Christians consists of about 63%, which is the largest, 16% for Muslims and 21% for Other religions.
Ghana has two major seasons, the rainy season and the dry season (harmattan). The south has two rainy seasons which starts from April-May to July-August and then minor rains from September to October. The Northern regions experience a single rainy season from June to October. The dry season starts from November to April. The atmosphere is comfortably humid and moist.
Ghana has some of the nicest road networks in Africa. There are rails and airlines to all the regional capitals such as Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, and etc.
Rail lines are vastly stretched across Sekondi-Takoradi, Tarkwa, Obuasi, Twifu Praso, and etc. The main Airport is Ghana International Airport, Accra, formally known as Kotoka international Airport. The two major port cities are the Tema and Takoradi Ports and Harbors.
Akan is the major language of Ghana and it comprises of the Ashanti, Fanti, Nzema-Ahanta, Setwi, Akuapim, and etc. Other ethnic groups include the Ga-Adangbe, Ewe, Dagomba-Mamprussi and many more. English is the major language of academia.
Ghanaian’s are fascinated with customs and traditions which transcends their style of dressing, eating, arts, entertainment, and etc. Friday has been declared by Ghana’s government as National Friday wear day, everyone is encouraged to wear a local cultural or a traditional dress.
FOOD/CUISINE: People of Ghana likes hot (peppery) and spicy foods. Fufu is a traditional staple food made from cassava, yam or coco-yam, it is pounded in a mortar with a pestle and mixed with plantain. It is mostly eaten with a palm-nut soup, groundnut or peanut soup, and light ( pepper ) soup.
Emo Tuo (Rice balls) are enjoyed on Sundays in Pubs and restaurants. There are food made from corn, millet and rice which can be eaten with vegetable stew, soup, and leaves sauce. Ampesi is a cooked cassava, yam, plantain, and coco-yam which can be eaten with a vegetable, leaves, or melon seed sauce.
Ghana’s Jolliof Rice is a popular African dish. Seafood is important to Ghanaians especially fish, crab, shrimps, lobsters, mussels, and etc. Ghanaians like to fry, smoke, roast, or steam their sea-foods to make soup, stew, sauce, and etc. Popular dishes such as waakye, Yokeh Gari/Red-Red can be eaten with a fried ripe plantain or mashed ripe plantain balls called Kakroo. Nkran Dokono or Accra Kenkey is made from corn. These foods are mostly eaten with fried fish and hot pepper, all these food can be purchase along the street or by the roadside. There are local khebad vendors, Indomie (noodles mixed with egg, meat and vegetables), Fried Rice with Chicken, Fried yam with fried turkey tail, and fish or chicken. Koko can be eaten with bread, Koose (a local food made from beans and mix with onions, black pepper, ginger, and etc).
Ghana is music freak country, which means there is no way a Ghanaian will go without music, you can hear music playing around every street corner and house. Ghana embodies versatile genres of music, from High-life, Hip-life, Gospel, Reggae dance hall, RnB, Brass band music, and traditional drums/ensembles. The most popular and widely accepted genre is High-Life music or Afro Beat which is one of the oldest. Some of the high-life music legends are Bob Cole, Nana Kwame Ampadu ,J.A Adofo, Dr. Paa Bobo, Osibisa band, E.T. Mensah, K.K. Kabobo, Gyedu Blay Ambuley, C.K Mann, Paapa Yankson, Jewel Ackah, Pat Thomas, Kojo Antwi, Amakye Dede, Nana Tufour, Ewurama Badu, George Darko, Ben Brako, Dady Lumba, Nana Acheampong just to mention a few.
Entertainment such as attending comedy shows, Cultural shows (drumming and dancing), Acrobatic shows, pubs, Clubbing, Beach, and etc is common. To know the trending videos and music in Ghana, just Check out the Entertainment-Eye blog posts.