Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ghana

Ghana has its own unique features which makes us one of her exquisite just like every country in the world. Our authentic culture,warm,hospitable,welcoming nature of Ghanaians makes us one of the coolest place to visit in Africa. Here are some some unique lifestyle of Ghanaians.

Hissing means someone wants your attention . In Ghana, the most common way of getting the attention of another person is by hissing at them instead of saying ‘excuse me’, calling out, whistling done in other countries. To visitors,In some cultures, hissing is a sound of disapproval, but in Ghana it simply means that somebody wants to talk,the loud hissing noise can be alarming unless you know what it means. It’s very common to hear hissing in the street, at the market and even in the middle of a restaurant when somebody wants the waiter’s attention, it is usually successful in achieving its end. It might seem quite strange but you’ll soon discover it is the most accepted and effective way of communicating with the Ghanaians.

Visitors from abroad are called ‘obruni’ ‘Obruni’ by the locals, which means foreigner. The term is much used to describe visitors, especially white not meant to cause offence in any way. As an obruni in Ghana, you can expect to encounter certain types of behavior, especially if you are very obviously from overseas. White foreigners are often imagined to have lots of money. With this in mind, it’s worth being wise with your money. At the market, hawkers may call out to you and try to sell you their wares; young children may also come running over simply delighted by the novelty of your presence and keen to find out more about you, while obruni women can also receive unwanted attention from the locals. It’s best not to react to this harmless flirtation, which is part of the culture.

Lizards are as common as squirrels and pigeons In Ghana, the most common creatures to be seen dotting the sidewalks and scaling the walls are little green lizards – a far cry from the furry or feathered critters you may be used to! There are all sorts of lizards, big and small, that live in the cities and further afield, causing no harm and passing by generally unnoticed by locals. Of course, from time to time, the lizards can enter buildings, which can give visitors a bit of a fright! Geckos, monitor lizards and many other species are common in Ghana; tiny house geckos can be found scurrying through buildings while agama variants may be seen on walls and ceilings, hunting insects that are attracted by the light.

Pregnant women eat clay In Ghana, it is commonplace for many pregnant women to supplement their regular diet with clay, mined from the ground. This may sound peculiar to foreigners but it is an aspect of the local culture in Ghana, where many women report craving clay in the same way as others might crave a tub of ice cream or spicy foods. Usually, the white clay called ayelo or shile is consumed is dug up, processed and sold at local markets throughout Ghana. It is reputedly an ancient remedy for pregnancy-related nausea. Other reputed benefits include the reversal of heart and respiratory conditions and digestive problems because clay is mined from the ground, it contains minerals and, similarly, traces of metal oxides’ but this Ghanaian tradition is centuries old and showing no signs of dying out.

Water is sold in sachets More than 40 per cent of the 25 million people living in Ghana do not have access to safe water, especially in the poor rural areas. For this reason, drinking water is usually sold in bottles, or small pouches called sachets. The popularity of water sachets is growing as a convenient way to enjoy a refreshing drink on the go. Sachets of water are sold all over Ghana, from coolers in the street, in shops down the sidewalks, alongside the motorways in carts and by individual hawkers who appear anywhere traffic gathers and can be discarded after use, making them handy and less cumbersome than bottles to carry around. Just be careful they don’t burst in your bag if you stock up! The water sachet phenomenon has created a litter problem, however, so please put your empty sachets in the bin or, if you can’t find a refuse bin, take them back to your volunteer accommodation where there will be a bin.

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