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The Republic of Ghana is a country in Western Africa. It is bordered by the Ivory Coast to the west; Burkina Faso to the north; Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
Ghana spans an area of 92,000 sq miles. It’s location by the equator makes the climate very tropical; however, there are two seasons throughout the year, which are the wet and dry seasons. The largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Volta, is located in Ghana.
Approximately 24 million people 40% under the age of 15 Over 50% between the ages of 15 and 65 Akan tribe makes up 44% of population Moshi-Dagomba makes up 16% Ewes make up 13% Gaadangbe makes up 8% Yoruba makes up less than 2%
Six main ethnic groups: ~Akan ~Ewe ~Ga-Adangbe ~Mole-Dagbani ~Guan ~Gurma Religion: ~Christianity 68.8% ~Islam 15.9% ~Traditional African beliefs 8.5% Languages: 50 local languages ~English is official language ~Twi is the second common
On March 6, 1957 Ghana gained its independence Kwame Nkrumah became the nations first president In 1992 military government gave way to the Fourth Republic The president of Ghana is elected for a maximum of two 4 year terms John Atta Mills is the current president of Ghana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkNpUEWIhd4& playnext=1&list=PL763B8F73834EFE7A&index=27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkNpUEWIhd4& playnext=1&list=PL763B8F73834EFE7A&index=27
Well endowed with natural resources, Ghana has roughly twice the per capita output of the poorest countries in West Africa. Even so, Ghana remains heavily dependent on international financial and technical assistance. GDP Purchasing Power Parity – $35.83 billion Unemployment Rate – 11% Population below poverty – 28.5% Public Debt – 55.2% Exports – $5.715 billion Imports - $8.437 billion
Ghanaian food is known to be spicy and has a taste of each ethnic group and tribes all over the country. Foods such as Fufu and kenkey are eaten on a regular basis and they are known as the national dishes of Ghana. A majority of Ghanaian food is made up of a starchy portion surrounded with sauce or soup with different types of meat inside.
The Ghanaian people have maintained a society free from serious internal conflict and continue to develop their considerable natural, human, and cultural resources. Textiles are important in Ghana’s culture Kente cloth is also important to the culture Each tribe has their own traditional dances Dances for funerals, celebrations, storytelling, praise and worship
Ghanaians have relatively easy access to good education Ghana has 12,130 primary schools 5,450 junior secondary schools 503 senior secondary schools 21 training colleges 18 technical institutions two diploma-awarding institutions and five universities serving a population of 17 million
Ghana's stratification system follows both pre-colonial and modern patterns Most traditional kingdoms were divided into three hereditary classes: ~Royals ~Commoners ~Slaves Traditional royalties are still recognized but have been superseded by Westernized elites. Contemporary stratification is based on education and, to a lesser degree, wealth, both of which have led to significant social mobility since independence.
Slavery occurred mainly as domestic bondage, in which a slave could command some rights, including the ability to marry a nonslave and acquire property. Slaves were also used by the state for menial work such as porterage and mining. Slavery is no longer significant.
Known for answering questions with a question Magical Powers (Witchcraft) Men are lazy Lack basic understanding Braggart Money-loving Funeral addict
Kings and other hereditary officials marked their status through the use of regalia, such as umbrellas and staves, and the exclusive right to wear expensive clothing, such as kente cloth, and to consume and distribute special imported goods. Expenditure on Western consumer items has become the dominant status marker. Luxury cars are also significant—a Mercedes-Benz is the most dominant marker of high rank. Status must also be demonstrated in public display, especially in lavish funerals that acclaim both the deceased and their descendants. Knowledge of proverbs also symbolizes wisdom.
Women: Basic domestic and childcare Basic agriculture (repetitive) Pottery Food Processing Petty trade Women have retained and expanded their Trading opportunities and can Sometimes acquire great wealth through their businesses. Men: Basic agriculture (laborious) Weavers Carvers Metal Workers Men have received wider educational opportunities, however, and are better represented in government and formal sector employment.
Ghana is a very relaxed and friendly country, however: Formal dress code is expected Punctuality is essential Exchange of business cards is common Greet and shake hands with each person and acknowledge their presence Gifts are unnecessary but appreciated 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday One hour for lunch Decision-making power typically lies with the most senior person in the company
Develop an understanding of how religion and indigenous beliefs influence the Ghanaian working practices. Take time to ask questions about the health and/or the family of your business partner. It is seen as rude to get down to business right away. Address your Ghanaian counterpart with their academic title as it is used to show respect.
Be late for a business meeting as this can be seen as rude however do not expect your Ghanaian business partner to be on time. Sit down before your older counterparts have sat down. You are expected to offer them a seat. Refuse an invitation for a dinner at someone’s home. Ghanaians love to have guests in their home and turning down an invitation is a sign of disrespect.
Ghana has an active Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) sector, with over 900 registered organizations. They include: Programme for Economic and Social Sustenace (PESS) FightAIDS Ghana Prime Care Network (PCN) volunteers Gate Of Hope Foundation Cheerful Hearts Foundation Global awareness for Africa (GAFA) SOS Children
True or False 1. The right hand is considered unclean in Ghanaian culture and should not be used for gesturing in any way. You must always use the left hand. 2. Ghanaians are very direct with their language and often get straight to the point. A direct “yes” or “no” answer will always be given.
3. As soon as dinner has been served you can start eating your dinner. 4. Ghanaians love football and they have a top world soccer team. 5. In Ghana lays the largest artificial lake in the world.