Home to the historic Ashanti empire, Ghana was the first African country to achieve independence. Known as the “Gateway to Africa,” it is a stable democracy that welcomes around a million visitors a year, who invariably come away with glowing reports of a fertile land and tropical beauty. It is the Ghanaian people, however, who make the biggest impression. Their genuine hospitality and love of peace means Ghana is among the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. They are respectful toward each other, strong followers of tradition, and have deep familial and communal values. Visitors are warmly welcomed but are expected to be sympathetic to local customs and beliefs, and to follow certain codes of conduct.
Culture Smart! Ghana describes the complexities and nuances of Ghanaian society with clarity and humor, and offers the reader an opportunity to get to know Ghanaians on their own terms, and to enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer! Akwaaba!
Greetings are important! If you walk into a house, workplace, meeting, or past a friend or neighbour on the street without saying hello, it is viewed as an insult. Grudges resulting from a missed greeting may be held for some time, until the omission has been realized and an apology made.