Ghana, situated on the western side of Africa, is one of the most culturally rich places in the world.  It is a fun, vibrant and friendly place and one of the safest parts of Africa for tourists.  Here’s a quick look at some of the things that make Ghana a must visit place on your travel bucket list.

The Food

Ghana has managed to hold onto its own culture for centuries and this, more so than any other way, reflects in the Ghanaian cuisine.

Street food is the best way to experience a taste of the country and one of the most popular dishes is called Chichinga.  Essentially it is a Ghanaian Shish kebab.  The base is a mix of spices, peanuts and herbs to which you can add Chicken, Beef or more commonly goat.  It is a heart warming supper best eaten in the market with locals buzzing around you.

Waakye (pronounced Waa Chi) is a celebration of rice and beans.  Often Served with fried fish and enjoyed whilst sitting on one of the countries many beautiful beaches before setting off to one of these beautiful places in Africa

 

The Music

Music in Ghana is life.  From Traditional drumming to Urban music there is something for everyone.  Highlife is a sort of mix of West African rhythm and either Jazz, Ska, Rock or Swing.  It’s almost impossible to escape music here.  Almost as if the country has it’s own heartbeat.

More recently Highlife has evolved into Hiplife a new aged version of it’s father.  Hiplife is hinted at in modern rap music in our charts today, but as yet hasn’t made a headline appearance in the western world.

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The People

There are four main groups in Ghana.  The oldest being Guan although the Guan people are also the minority.  The Akan people make up more than 50% of the population and are also amongst the most educated thanks to access to free education aided by people who volunteer in Ghana

Ghanaians are kind, friendly and warm.  They love tourists and are keen to share their passion for life with you.  It isn’t uncommon to be invited to eat with large families and you will be treated as a guest of honour.

They hold a number of festivals such as Bakatue, the start of the new fishing season and if you are lucky enough to travel whilst one of these events is taking place, you will be drawn into the street dancing, music and food.

Throughout Ghana you will find Chieftaincies.  It is customary for all guests to pay their respects upon visiting, whilst the elections of Chiefs is mainly just ceremonial now, Ghanians still respect tourists who hold the country’s culture high.

Whilst there are many more reasons for visiting this beautiful country, we felt that food, music and love were the heart of Ghana.  So stop waiting and visit this beautiful country!

 

Written by The Urban Sophisticate

The Urban Sophisticate

Jacqueline Chambers is a Los Angeles based content creator, event planner, online marketing strategist, wardrobe stylist and founder of TGIFguide.