Market your country like a tourism ambassador
Let me introduce my humble abode to you. I hail from Ghana, located in West Africa, in between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo and we are bordered on the north by Burkina Faso. Talk of being sandwiched the French way lol.
We have a tropical climate so you are mostly to be hit hard by the sun’s rays but don’t worry, it’s all love. Our capital city is none other but the busiest city in the country, Accra. There are 16 regions in all:
- Oti Region – Dambai
- Bono East Region – Techiman
- Ahafo Region – Goaso
- Bono Region – Sunyani
- North East Region – Nalerigu
- Savannah Region – Damango
- Western North Region- Sefwi Wiawso
- Western Region – Sekondi
- Volta Region – Ho
- Greater Accra Region – Accra
- Eastern Region – Koforidua
- Ashanti Region – Kumasi
- Central Region – Cape Coast
- Northern Region – Tamale
- Upper East Region – Bolgatanga
- Upper West Region – Wa
We have several local dialects because of the several ethnic groups present. English is our national language on the international scale. But on the local front, I think it’s safe to say you need to at least build your Twi vocabulary to fully appreciate the culture. Accra is a cosmopolitan city so you need at least two languages to be comfortable: English plus either Twi, Ga, Ewe, etc.
One thing we are proud of as a people is our sense of hospitality to foreigners. We are super nice, trust me. And our meals are amazing! Most people fall in love with our ripe plantain, waakye, jollof rice to say the least. You want spicy, sweet or sour and we will sort you out.
Also, when it comes to the open market, everything is negotiable. It is always amusing to see a Caucasian trying to bargain down the price for an item with a local vendor. It shows he/she is well assimilated into the system lol.
Living in Accra is expensive for sure but regardless of your income, you will find your feet and manage.
There are several castles and forts from the colonial times you can visit if you are the history lover type. We have beautiful beaches and other tourist sites if you like to connect with nature that way.
Ghana isn’t perfect but it’s homely. And home’s where the heart is, right?
© Josephine Amoako 2019