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Haha, don’t mind me o. I guess this is what happens when assignments want to restructure one’s brain. You start speaking what you don’t even understand.
So, last week Wednesday I shared some tips for anyone who wants to visit/live in Ghana. You can read it here. The points I shared were solely sourced from experiences I had personally had since I started schooling in Ghana. People told me they enjoyed reading it and I want to say, ‘Thanks’! You guys truly are awesome. I also apologize that I haven’t been sending notifications on bbm and whatsapp like I used to; but truly, it’s not as easy as it seems. Having to write something else(even though short) can come with it’s own stress, especially now that I’m back in school! However, I’m trying to work on something for my people on there too. If you’d just subscribe though!!!
Anyways, here are 5 other tips for a newbie in Ghana.
- Your ATM comes out before your money! : If you make the mistake of walking away after removing your ATM from an ATM machine, thinking that your card or the bank has a problem, you’ve entered gobe. When I first came to Ghana, I walked away from the ATM machine; until a kind gentleman who was behind me on the queue called me to come get my money. I was perplexed! How can my ATM be ejected when the money comes out after? Well, that’s how it’s done here o. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. After your ATM comes your money, not the other way round.
- Please, Ghana doesn’t have conductors. Lol : Bus conductors are called ‘mates’ here, while the drivers(and any guy basically) can be called ‘Master’. No, it is not the slavery era; but those are the titles used. I know you will be tempted to say ‘conductor, give me my change’ inside a bus; but please, just say ‘mate, give me my change.’ LOL.
- Ask for “PLANTAIN” chips and not just “CHIPS” : If you see a shop that displays plantain chips and are tempted to buy, you ought to specify the type of chips you want. Not specifying means you’d be given “CHIN-CHIN” instead. Yes, our “chin-chin” is their “chips”; except you specify that it’s plantain chips you want. Plus, they mostly make their “CHIPS” aka chin-chin with salt and not sugar. So, be sure to ask before buying.
- ‘Nylon’ is ‘Rubber’ here : Perhaps, you buy more than 1 purewater and you need something to keep it in; do not ask for nylon. You will only confuse the seller and thereby confuse yourself too. Rubber here isn’t the yellow(red or green) catapult we use to tie our hair in Nigeria; it is nylon! At least, that’s what it’s called.
- Porridge is liquid,not yam : You heard(or read) me right! What Ghanaians call porridge isn’t the yam(or plantain) mixed with palmoil and “orishirishi”; it’s similar to our pap(ogi). Porridge here is liquid; and trust me, it is also very weird to them that porridge isn’t liquid in Nigeria. (Note: Their porridge isn’t made with yam o. Please don’t think they make the yam into a liquid form; it’s something entirely different!)
I always say that though Ghanaians and Nigerians are so close; they’re also so different! We’re different in many ways and I’d share things to expect as I experience or remember them.
If you’re planning to come and spend some time in Ghana, I’m rooting for you! You’d enjoy the quiet here(compared to Lagos sha) and there are a lot of awesome places to see!
Not that I’ve been to many; but I’ve heard of them and hearing should in someway classify as adventure too. Lol
Have a lovely day today. Make someone happy and give someone a nice compliment. Smile at a stranger and send food to someone who does not have. Let another know that God exists because you have extended a “GOD-HAND” to them.
If you missed this week’s word on purpose; you can read it here. The post convicted me and challenged me not to waste even a second of my life, because it all counts over the years. I’m certain it will bless you as it did me.
Plenty plenty plenty love from me to you!