Another Ten Facts about Ghana

  1. Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong was the first man to represent Ghana in Olympic skiing. He learned how to sky by going on artificial slopes in the United Kingdom.
  2. A deer hunting festival is held annually in the southern part of the country. The first person to bring back a deer is considered a winner, and then the entire community sits down to feast.
  3. Literacy rates are high in Ghana with 76.6% of people having the ability to read and write.
  4. Overall, poverty rates are declining in Ghana when compared to other African countries. As weird as this fact about Ghana may sound, it is believed to be true. Most Ghanaians believe that southerners or those that live in the southern part of the country are richer than those living up in the north. Most arguments are based around the fact that most developmental projects are undertaken in the south. But as if that makes their streets lined with gold, is still up for debate.
  5. Traditional Ghanaian cuisine includes Waakye, which is a dish made with beans, rice, fish, eggs, spaghetti, and fried chicken. Jollof rice is another traditional Ghanaian dish and it’s rice mixed with tomato sauce and other ingredients. Anytime, you visit a local chop bar, please be careful when requesting for your food to be spicy, because you may discover this weird fact about Ghanaians the unpleasant way. When a Ghanaian says “spicy”, they mean add hot pepper to it. Most dishes are spiced mainly with chillies/red peppers. Forget all the peppercorns, turmeric and what not’s…its red chilies all the way.
  6. The Cape Coast Castle is now a public landmark that was built by the Dutch for slave trade in 1637.
  7. Ghana is the second biggest producer of cocoa beans in the world.
  8. Kejetia is the biggest market in West Africa and it’s located in Kumasi, Ghana. You can find various things there, from clothing to live animals. However if you are only going to be in Accra, then check out Mokolo Market, it is also very big.
  9. Over 40 languages are spoken throughout the country. Many Ghanaians speak multiple languages. If you are thinking of visiting Ghana, try taking Twi lessons. Interestingly, after its official language, English, the Akan language is the most popularly used means of communicating in the country. Nearly 67.1% of its people speak the Akan language, which is weird considering the fact that it’s a multi-ethnic state.
  10. Elmina Castle is the oldest European building in sub-Saharan Africa.


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