Ghana

Understand

Ghana is a very friendly country, ideal for first time travellers to Africa, the people are generally very helpful and welcoming. While their laid back attitude and lack of organized tourist sites/trips can be a little annoying to begin with, before you have been there for very long you realize that it is one of the delights of this country.

Tourism in Ghana is growing very quickly, and more tour operators are seeing increased requests for Ghana as a travel destination. Ghana is also rich in gold. This is a stable country with great potential for growth.

 

Talk

Because Ghana was colonized by the British, English has become the official language, and many Ghanaians (particularly in urban centres) you’ll meet will be able to speak English. Official government documents are kept in English, but there over 40 distinct languages spoken in Ghana including English, Twi, Ga, Ewe, Dagbani, and so on. “Obruni”, the Akan word for foreigner literally means “white man”, is generally shouted to greet any tourist in an unoffensive way. Obruni is used in a similar way as the word “Toubab” is used further west in Mali, Guinea, the Gambia and Senegal.

Pidgin English is about the most typical form of English you will find. With phrases like: “my head de bash”, meaning “I have a headache”.

In the Northern Regions and among Ghanaian Muslims in general, the Hausa language is used as a lingua franca.

(source: Wikitravel)

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