Ghana pulsates with life. From the bustle of downtown Accra to the atmospheric adobe villages of the north, from the ancient Kingdom of Asante to the mediaeval mosques of Larabnga and Bole, it is a country whose immense cultural diversity both thrills and fascinates visitors, drawing them into a daily rhythm that is uniquely and unmistakenly African.
A common feature of all Ghanaian cultures is a love of beautiful made in Ghana wear aside the festivals. Barely a week goes without one or two people wearing “Ghanaian prints” or what we popular call “Africa Wear.”
At first it usual worn when a town or village holding its major annual celebration or festival, while everyday personal events such as funerals, name-giving ceremonies and weddings tend also to be imbued with something ‘African’ for the carnival atmosphere.
Ghana, formerly the British colony of the Gold Coast, assumes a special prominence as the first African country to acquire independence from European rule. Ghanaian politicians marked this important transition by replacing the territory’s colonial label with the name of a great indigenous civilization of the past.
While somewhat mythical, these evocations of noble origins, in combination with a rich cultural heritage and a militant nationalist movement, have provided this ethnically diverse country with unifying symbols and a sense of common identity and destiny. Even foreigner love being called Ghanaians! They also say Ghana is a peaceful country.
Over fifty years of political and economic setbacks since independence have tempered national pride and optimism. Yet, the Ghanaian people have maintained a society free from serious internal conflict and continue to develop their considerable natural, human, and cultural resources.
FOOD & CLOTHING
Bread is the only major European introduction and is often eaten at breakfast. Aside that, the basic diet consists of a starchy staple eaten with a soup or stew. Forest crops, such as plantain, cassava, cocoyam (taro), and tropical yams, predominate in the south.
One amazing thing is UK High commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin even appreciate the Ghanaian Jollof. He picks Tilapia as his favourite!
Did you even know he ended yesterday’s dinner treat with former UN secretary Kofi Annan with dessert followed by coffee?
Whilst Made in Ghana products have been on the rise in the later part of 2016, the Ghanaian smock was one of the favourite outfits worn in 2016. A simple plaid shirt that is similar to the dashiki, worn by men in Ghana but now the ladies wear it better. The smock and Kente cloth are the national dress of Ghana. The smock is made of hand-loomed strips popularly called Strip Cloths.
Spending most of his time in Ghana but hopeful for a return after twelve years living overseas, the UK High Commissioner Jon Benjamin is also a fan of shirts made in Ghana. “I wear lots of shirts made in Ghana! Much nicer than wearing a suit at a reception or formal event.” he tweeted in response to answering a question about his outfits.
For many next generation Ghanaians who have grown up living in Europe or The United States and often travel back to Ghana on holiday, taking requests for family members in Ghana for your second hand clothes or new clothes from Primark, H&M etc is pretty standard procedure. What may be a little more insightful to some of us here will be the fact that the clothes we no longer want and give away to charity shops often ends up being sold to wholesalers who export to Ghana to form a multi-million pound industry known as the “Obruni wawu” trade. Instead of traveling with your used clothes, learn to to travel back some made in Ghana outfits too.
The Commissioner with over 20 years in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, also a Linguist, traveller and depressed West Ham fan also appreciate Ghanaian creative arts. You may be aware of how Jon Benjamin appreciates the likes of Wiyaala. He believes there are more creative talents in Ghana.
Talents in Ghana have most often been underrated hence the slow pace at which they tend to develop. Unlike Europe where almost every other quarter an up and coming kanck is unleashed to the world, Ghana hasn’t developed to meet standards.
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