The 5 Lies You Have Been Told About Ghana

traveltoghana By traveltoghana, 22nd Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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There are lots of lies many people have told about Ghana; and this piece seeks to clear the air and provide ways travelers to Ghana can see the country in a positive light.
As you read, you will get to know about them.

Believe Them And Your Visit Won't Be That Fun

I would never forget this story. Not long ago, my cousin, Nana Poku, who was born in Canada, came home to visit.

His mom wanted him to be more Ghanaian than Canadian. After he had gone through the immigration procedure at The Accra Airport, he came out of the terminal to meet his beloved family.

We were excited to meet him. Soon after that, he left us and starting running away from us like some mad man.

We were stunned. We ran to get him, and he told us he wanted to go back home. It seems he had seen a housefly around.

He screamed ‘’my teacher told us in Africa you sleep on trees’’. ‘That’s not true’, I replied.
’Then where did that fly come from? ’’, he inquired nervously.
In the end, we had to talk to him and plead so he could go home with us.

This unfortunate incident reminds me of how some people see Africa with a negative lens -Ghana being no exception.

Below are five myths some people hold about us, and why they are they are just wrong.

MYTH #1 Ghana is not Africa.

Contrary to what most people believe, Ghana is a part of Africa. Africa is rather the continent, and not a big country like Ghana.

MYTH #2 Ghana is a risky place

Whoever told you this is a liar. We are very peaceful people. Muslims and Christians live in peace. This among many other things explains why the first black president of America came to Ghana upon assumption of office.

Most people even thought Ghana was going to fall apart like some countries when the opposition took the disputed elections to court. But peace eventually prevailed when its leader accepted the outcome.

MYTH #3 The living standard is very expensive.

Again not true. Did you know that you can’t rent a comfortable accommodation for $100 or less a month here? Yes, here in Accra. Outside of Accra is relatively cheaper! Food is cheap. Drink and other artifacts are not that expensive. What’s more, if you can haggle, then you can get lots of stuff for less than one hundred dollars.

MYTH #4 You’ll fall sick

Definitely you’ll fall sick if you want to! If you take your health for granted you will. But where in the world do people not fall sick? Just tell me. Get good bottled water, and eat from hygienic eateries, and you won’t fall sick. Add morning work out to the mix and you will be as strong as Samson.

MYTH #5 Ghanaians Are Not Friendly

That’s not true. We are the friendliest on the continent of Africa. We really adore strangers and foreigners. We smile at obroni- Ghanaian word for foreigners-a lot.
We even assist them when we can, and even show them the way to any place they want to go to.

If you are lucky to stay with any local, you’ll experience hospitality like never before, and you’re definitely going to leave Ghana with fond memories.


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