A couple months ago, the US State Department released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and it was not good news for Ghana. For the second year in a row, Ghana was placed on the Tier 2 Watch List, which means that if the government does not make significant anti-trafficking efforts, next year Ghana… More Modern Slavery in Ghana
Listed by National Geographic as one of the world’s most thrilling hikes, Kakum National Park is truly a delight and worth a visit if you’re in Ghana.
The international image of Africa is often one of extremes: extreme poverty, extreme conflicts, extreme animals. But these stories overlook some of the more nuanced versions of things happening here, particularly the tech and innovations coming from Africans for Africans. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Kantanka manufacturing company.
One thing that most cultures have is a staple food — something that is eaten with every meal. In many Asian countries, including Thailand, it’s rice. In Ghana, there are a couple of different versions of the staple, but they are all essentially a pounded starch mixed with a bit of water to make a… More Staple Foods of Ghana
This weekend is a three-day weekend, and not because of July 4th, America’s Independence Day. Here in Ghana, today is Republic Day, which is separate and different from Ghana’s Independence Day (March 6). On this day, in 1960, Kwame Nkrumah was inaugurated as the first president of the first independent Black African nation. But it… More Ghana’s Republic Day
Every year, the first weekend of May, my city’s population of 70,000 swells, the restaurants get a fresh coat of paint and temporarily expand, and the tents go up for impromptu, mobile shops to sell whatever it is they have as inventory. It the weekend of the Aboakyer (pronounced uh-BAW-chay) festival in Winneba, and it… More Aboakyer: Deer Hunting Festival of Winneba
“Ten a.m. And actually at ten, not Ghana time,” Pomaa said. “Because it is at the Catholic church and they are on time.” Pomaa’s brother was getting married in Accra and she had invited us to attend, and I was very excited to go. It was time to nail down the details, in order to… More Getting Married on Ghana Time
Last weekend, two of my new co-workers came over to the house, which I currently share with the woman who I am replacing, and the four of us took part in a time-honored, cross-cultural tradition of sharing food and recipes. We taught each other how to make a couple of dishes that we enjoyed from… More West Africa’s Famous Dish, Jollof Rice: A Recipe
Every place has it’s own small nuances to it that pervade everyday life. People who are local to that culture are able to navigate these nuances with no thought paid to them; that is just the way things are. But when you come as an outsider to a new place, particularly a new country, these… More 4 Lessons Learned Very Quickly for Life in Ghana
In my preparations for Ghana, I’ve been reading a variety of articles about Ghana, its people and its culture, which have all been fascinating and only heighten my excitement. Here are some of the best ones that I’ve read so far.