The culture of Ghana is going a long way and helping the economy as a whole. I was reading through the economy of Ghana and is really generating a lot of money from the culture as places like Cape Coast and the Ashanti Region with most of the cultural displays is really attracting tourism. The good thing is people coming all over places to see the good things Ghana has got as a Culture. With this alot of people in this community are getting jobs and interacting with different people which is really helping with the economy.
The Importance of Culture
Learning a lot about culture has made me aware that culture cannot be limited to nationality, language or race. It must be thought of as how we define ourselves as human beings. It is also important to understand the environment in which we live in and their culture. It is also understood that Culture is flexible and keeps on changing as even in our days now culture has change a little as compare to what our grandmother were doing. One of the key aspects of culture is non-verbal communication and the role it plays in our lives. Example of non-verbal is shaking hands in Ghana instantly shows trust which is done in most parts of the world. As we think about culture on a small scale, we must also consider the larger and more international aspect of culture.
The society of Ghana and culture is hierarchy. People are respected because of their age, experience, wealth and/or position. Older people are assumed as wise and are granted respect. In terms of respect, people expect the most senior person to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group.
Family Influence in Ghana Culture
The people of Ghana and family has got a very strong influence in the culture.
Family is a very strong bond in Ghana and is the primary source of identity,
loyalty and responsibility. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much
everything else in life. Individuals achieve recognition and social standing through their extended family.
An interesting cultural variation among the Akan, or Ashanti and Fanti people, is that affiliation within the clan is through women. Mothers have a higher status as in their point of view people get their blood from mothers.
It is important for Ghanaians to maintain dignity, honour, and a good reputation.
The entire family shares any loss of honour, which makes the culture a collective one.
In order to protect this sense of face there is a need to maintain a sense of harmony
which help people to act with much care at all
times to ensure they do not cause anyone embarrassment.
Knowing more about the culture of Ghana and how it help the
young ones to learn how to respect the older ones and maintain
dignity help in so many ways
The People have Nine different languages which have the status of government sponsored languages. Within this languages there are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan, Moshi-Dagbani, Ewe, and Ga. The Ashanti tribe of the Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors. Once famous for the luxury and wealth of their rulers, they are now more well known for their craftwork such as hand-carved stools, fertility dolls, and ‘kente’ cloth. Kente cloth is made cotton and is woven in bright, narrow strips with complex patterns. Kente is the mostly worn by all Ghanaians especially in our most important ocaactions like naming ceremonies and festivals. During Festivals that is when we potray our culture and it importance.
Culture is Lifestyle as is demonstrated by a particular people or society which in a way it looks like a man-made thing and not genetically inherited. It is evolved for the purpose of living. It is socially taught and learned. It originates as human response to the local, physical and biological environment. However, culture is dynamic as it kepps moving from generation to generation.
A white person arriving in Ghana for the first time will experience culture shock because what he will see is diametrically opposed to what he is used to in his country. Culture shock is not only suffered by those who travel and live abroad. Any change in surroundings can bring about the feeling of shock. If a person leaves home for the first time and goes to college, the new environment and experiences may be a shock to him.
The traditional expectation of a Ghanaians women is that they are supposed to be feminine and more conservative than men in many situations. The Ghanaian culture is very liberal in many areas. In Ghana a woman can surely wear shorts, skirt or trousers, but acceptable dressing out of doors is less liberal than the typical women’s summer wear in Europe. The Ghanaian woman is still supposed to dress decently. Also, Ghanaian culture does not ban specific foods or alcohol for women but they are expected to drink less than men.
In other aspect, calling people without titles is difficult for Ghanaians. It is an important tradition in Ghana to add a respect giving title when calling or addressing people. You will often hear: Mr. Afrifa, Mrs. Suberu, Madam Serebour or Professor.