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ETIQUETTE

Ghanaians are very particular about the dos and don’ts in their culture, so when not sure and in order not to offend anyone, you may have a chat with some of the people, who are mostly friendly, helpful and an invaluable source of information. These days some of these previously strong cultural views are changing. For e.g. In the past, older folks were not very happy to see woman dressed in shorts or trousers (slacks), these days however, trousers are worn by older women themselves. But there are still some views that remain strong. For e.g. when sitting in the presence of eminent people or elders, it is considered rude to sit cross-legged. Below are a few of the things that you should be aware of.
Dressing: Visitors are held in very high esteem in our society and it is expected that they exhibit an acceptable standard of dressing and decorum. You are expected, if wearing a hat or cap, to remove it when speaking with an elderly person. That shows your outward respect for our traditions.

Handshaking: When entering a group of people, shake hands with those present beginning with the person on the right moving towards the left. It is also customary if you eat with your fingers, to do so only with your right hand. For those of who are naturally left-handed it will require constant effort to always remember to offer or give things especially money with the right hand.

Meeting Kings or Chiefs: There are other etiquettes that you need to observe, when you are invited to greet a chief or the king. They enjoy receiving foreigners and interacting with them for example if you visit a chief and want to greet him, move upwards at him and stop short of a from where he is seated and bow. He may graciously invite you to come for a handshake.

On formal occasions, speaking to the king, or chief, at the royal court is a three-way affair through a spokesman (linguist) called “Okyeame” who replicates the conversation. The visitor faces the Okyeame and delivers his message to the chief. The chief gives his reply or response to the Okyeame who renders it to the visitor. N.B. Normally, visitors to our palaces have to make customary offerings of friendship to their royal hosts. This consist entirely of drinks: Aromatic Schnapps, Gin and or money, the amount and quantities depending on the size or enthusiasm of the group. Kola is also accepted in some places.

Taking Photographs: Before taking pictures of people always ask permission from them before doing so, especially in the Muslim parts of the country. Apart from the fact that some people do not like being photographed., in some places you might even be asked to pay money.

Take note that there are some sensitive places where you are not allowed to photograph. To be on the safe side just from the people around if it is ok to take pictures


Tourism In Ghana

  • Welcome-To-Ghana
  • Tourism In Ghana
  • Climate of Ghana
  • People of Ghana
  • Language of Ghana
  • Business Hours In Ghana
  • Traveler's Tips for Ghana
  • Currency/ Changing Money In Ghana
  • Credit Cards In Ghana
  • Immigration of Ghana
  • What to wear In Ghana
  • Where to stay In Ghana
  • Health/Medical Facilities In Ghana
  • Electricity In Ghana
  • Security In Ghana
  • Telecoms / Post Office of Ghana
  • Etiquette: Ghana
  • Customs Formalities of Ghana
  • Public Holidays In Ghana

  • CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE
  • The heritage of Brong Ahafo
  • Ancient Amowi Caves
  • Kintampo Waterfalls
  • Volta River
  • Fuller Falls
  • Bui National Park
  • The Sacred groves
  • FESTIVALS
  • Apoo Festival
  • Fordjour
  • Sasabobirim Festival
  • Kwafie Festival

  • CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE

  • The National Museum
  • The National Theatre
  • The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre
  • The George Padmore Research Library of African affairs
  • Osu Castle
  • Ga Mantse Palace
  • Centre for National Culture 'Arts Centre'
  • Funerals
  • Festivals
  • Festivals-in-Accra
  • Homowo
  • Art Galleries
  • The African Market

  • LANDMARKS AND MEMORIALS

  • Christiansborg Castle – Accra
  • Independent Square
  • Liberation Square
  • Flagstaff Square
  • Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & memorial park
  • Light House

  • WILDLIFE AND NATURE RESERVES

  • Shai Resource Reserve
  • Achimota Forest Reserve
  • Coastal Ramsar Sites
  • Sports And Leisure

  • THE CRAFTS OF ASHANTI

  • Kente Weaving
  • Adinkra Cloth
  • Fertility-Akuaba-Dolls
  • Pottery
  • Wood Carving
  • Bead Making
  • Gold and Brass Smithing

  • ENTERTAINMENT

  • Restaurants
  • Local Favorite Dishes you must definitely try
  • Drinks
  • Shopping
  • Gift ideas
  • Night Life
  • Theatre
  • Films
  • Casinos

  • A GUIDE TO SOME OF THE BEST JOINTS IN TOWN

  • Pubs-Taverns
  • Sports bars
  • Dance clubs
  • Wine bars
  • Jazz Cafes

  • WELCOME TO THE OTHER PARTS OF GHANA

  • Ashanti Region
  • Travel Information
  • Getting Around
  • By Road
  • By Rail

  • NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

  • Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bobiri Forest Reserve
  • The Atiwa Rock Formations
  • Mframabuo caves
  • Lake Bostomtwi

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