When people think of Africa, big animals are usually what comes to mind. Think the Lion King. Being able to see those kinds of animals are typically associated with East Africa. While West Africa has significantly lower populations of those big animals, and some are extinct in the region, there is still a great place in Ghana for a wildlife experience.
Mole National Park is the largest national park in Ghana and one of your best chances to experience wildlife in Ghana.
more “A Safari in West Africa: Mole National Park”
On January 1 every year, Winneba hosts the Fancy Dress Festival. (In British English, costumes are commonly referred to as “Fancy Dress.”) A tradition that in a mix of Carnival and local flavor, the festival is a really fun way to kick off the new year.
In Winneba, there are different groups that compete against each other with different dance routines. At the festival, you’ll see hundreds of people dressed in masks and homemade costumes that have spent weeks working on their routines. It can be a long, exhausting day, but it’s a lot of fun to see the dancers, their costumes and the joy of the crowd.
Check out the pictures from this year’s festival!
more “Winneba’s Fancy Dress Festival Rings in New Year”
“Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.” – Samuel Johnson
I think one of the best ways to try to gain an understanding of a country is to understand what are their top crops. Knowing what a country grows and can export can tell you a lot about the culture, such as what foods are important within the country and what is valued by other countries.
Ghana recently celebrated Farmers’ Day, so I thought I’d take a look at the top crops of Ghana.
more “The Top 4 Crops of Ghana and their Importance”
A harsh and sobering part of history is the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which lasted from the 16th to 19th centuries and stole an estimated 12 million people from Africa. These human beings were taken from their families and homelands and sold into slavery in the Americas. By the late 17th century, the British were shipping the most slaves from their colonies in West Africa, including Ghana. One of the their slave trading forts was Cape Coast castle.
more “Inside Cape Coast Castle and Its History”
One of the first things that people think about when they arrive in a new country is money. Having local currency is key to any international experience, not to mention that many countries are cash economies. Ghana is a cash economy and the local currency is the cedi, which has a bit of an interesting history.
more “Show Me the Ghanaian Money”
Music is an important part of Ghanaian culture, permeating nearly every part of life here. And while most people associate drumming with Africa music, Ghana pioneered an entirely new genre: highlife.
more “Grooving to Ghana’s Highlife Music”
I want you to take a minute and think of the sounds that you associate with African music.
I’m willing to bet that it was heavy on the drums with maybe some singing or chanting. That’s not an inaccurate mental image when it comes to Ghana – traditional, folk music centers around drumming and percussion and proverb-based songs.
more “Exploring the Beats of Ghana’s Folk Music”
I can’t think of anything that I love more about living abroad than getting to take part in cultural festivals. I love that Winneba, where I live in Ghana, has some wonderful annual festivals: Aboakyer and Fancy Dress. When I heard about what many people call Fire Festival in the North, I knew I had to go.
more “Getting Fired Up for Bugum Chugu in Northern Region”
One thing I’ve heard many visitors say about their time in Ghana is, “It’s so colorful!” It seems like life here is extra vibrant, with many of the container stores being painted bright colors. However, I think the one part of daily life that is extra colorful are people’s custom-made clothes from African-print fabrics.
more “Ghana’s Textiles: the Color of Life”
I’ve seen in some rankings and lists that Ghana is often among the most religious countries in the world. Living here, it’s not that difficult to believe. Many shop names mention God or Allah or reference a Bible passage. One of the first questions I get asked when I meet new people is often, “What religion are you?” And on Sunday mornings, life slows down considerably and the air is filled with the singing and preaching from the dozens of churches. Religious beliefs are very much a part of life here, and there’s an interesting break-down.
more “Religion and a Higher Power in Ghana”