The JJC guide to living in Ghana.

Hello everyone!

Enjoying your day right? I’m done with my classes today, whoop whoop! And there’s a holiday tomorrow as well; though I have loads of notes to read, assignments to write and group works to submit. Whew! But God is my strength, as He is yours too.

I’m not the best tour guide in town, as you’d most likely catch me feeling cozy on my bed with a book or comedy movie than in town exploring. I don’t even know if I have an adventurous side, though I like to see new things/places as long as they are not scary. I know also that some of us might want to come to Ghana soon(or later) and will want to know just a few things about her people. Well, you can thank me now as this is what this post is for. Most of the points will be funny, especially to a Nigerian(living in Lagos). JJC in the title means ‘Jolly Just Come’ which means a new comer. Here it goes, I hope you enjoy it!

  1. Do not price goods(or should I say price reasonably.)  You see, the people of Ghana are different from Nigerians in this aspect. If you ask for the price of a good/service, do not expect to get it for quarter of the price stated. What I noticed was that most sellers wouldn’t call a 1000naira/cedis good for you 7000naira/cedis. If the person you want to buy from says 7000cedis, then ask maybe they can take 6000 to 5000cedis. Don’t ask “You gree 1000?” because they will not find it funny. LOL. Nigerian minds have somewhat been set to believe that the real price of something is like 10% of the price that was called. It’s not so here o! I remember a night my roommate and I priced slippers as we walked to the bus station from school. The woman called it 12cedis and when Christy(my roomie) asked if she could take 6cedis instead. The woman stared at us like we were crazy and as we walked away, she took a cloth and dust her market! Loool! She literally dust us off. So when you come, don’t over price. Lol.
  2. Please and please, do not ask for ‘Ghana must go’, ask for ‘Sac’. My peoples, do not; I repeat, do not go to a GHANAIAN market and say you want to buy GHANA must go. I mean, who does that! Lol! The thing used to slip from our mouths when we just came and it still mistakenly does, but I think it’s even a bit inappropriate. I heard a guy was almost beaten in the market one time because he said he wanted to buy “Ghana must go”. But, if a person walked into your Nigerian/American/Chinese shop and said he wanted to buy Nigeria/America/China must go; wouldn’t you send him out too? Lol
  3. Leave your black clothes at home biko! One day I wore a black top and trouser to school(I love the colour black, that even my room has been painted white&black) and I was asked if I was mourning anyone. Black is mostly worn to represent mourning/burials here. I think red too means something similar. So when coming, bring beautiful colours that may not mean anything negative here. And if you bring your black top, at least,leave your black trouser at home. 😉
  4. Cross the road like a gentleman/lady. My Lagos people, let me hear you say booooya! Lol. I know that many of us cross run roads as if a cow is chasing us(even on a Zebra-crossing), but it has been noted that most car drivers wait for one to cross! Don’t you just love Ghana? Lol. I mean, I could be doing hide&seek with a road whether to run or wait; and then the driver will just gesture for me to pass while he/she holds on. And this is a general statement, it has nothing to do with being a woman. Note: Nobody asked you to cross Lagos roads like a gentleman/lady o. You know the drill(at least generally.)
  5. Please, we only have “Doctas, Pastas and Mathers” here. When you return home, speak your Docto(Doctor), Pasto(Pastor) and Motha(Mother). Lol. I also have not gotten the Ghanaian pronunciation of certain words, but it’s ok. You’d survive.


These are the 5 I can think of for now; but I’d share more when I notice them.

Loool! I laughed a lot while writing this, and I hope it at least made you smile too. Nothing negative was intended with this post, it’s just for laughs. Especially if you’re coming soon.(Frances, ya hear?)


Have a fulfilled and laughter-filled day everyone.

Love, Mobolaji.


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