Ghana 101

The plane comes in for a smooth landing at Kotoka Airport, Accra, Ghana. At night, from high above, Accra looks like any other city – dark and mysterious, with twinkling shimmers of light – in a word, breathtaking. It's only when the passenger door opens and you step out into the heat that is Ghana does being in a tropical climate become a reality. Akwaaba! Welcome!

Accra has many of the same amenities and qualities that you'd find in the capital city of any other country – consulates and embassies of many nations; individuals who speak many different languages, and who wear the national dress of their particular country or religion, highways, banks, hospitals, supermarkets, shopping malls, mobile phones, a variety of international foodstuffs and restaurants, taxis, buses, hotels, etc., it's all here. How to find all of these things can be the challenge.

You probably know this already, that you're off to a wonderful adventure, but it will be only as good as you make it. As with every new experience, preparation is key. Make a point of familiarizing yourself with some of the basic aspects of the Ghanaian culture before you even depart your home country. You could participate in a West African drumming class, visit a Ghanaian restaurant, and talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbors to see if they have any connection or experience in Ghana that they'd be willing to share.

We've tried to be as comprehensive as possible in the categories listed throughout this book but your best up-to-date reference is the people you meet upon arrival.

If it's available, and if you have the patience to search long and hard enough, and…
If you are planning to do business in Ghana, a good first stop is the Ghana…
One of the first things you need to know about the weather in Ghana is that…
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is used in Ghana year-round, and there are no seasonal time changes.…
(See Handicraft outlet listings under Handicraft Shops and also Gifts.) West Africa is rich in arts…
Ghana's currency was redominated a few years ago; the paper bills are known as cedis (with…
Despite being a previous British colony, Ghanaians drive on the right-hand side of the road. While…
Electricity in Ghana is 220V and 50 MHz but can fluctuate as high as 260V. The…
Foreign Nationals are required to have a residence permit and a work permit to hold a…
English is the official language, but most Ghanaians grow up speaking an indigenous language (e.g. Twi,…
Nearly every adult you encounter while in Accra or any major city or village within Ghana…
Valid passports and visas are required for all foreign nationals visiting or living in Ghana. If…
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