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Snapshot of Ghana – The official language of Ghana is English, but there are several other languages sponsored by the government that are spoken in different regions, including Akan, Ewe, Ga, and Dagaaba. Ghana is considered an Emerging Economy and derives much of its economic output from production of cocoa and gold. Approximately 70% of Ghana’s population is Christian, with most of these belonging to various Pentecostal and Protestant denominations. Ghana is home to an LDS temple in the capital city of Accra and a relatively robust LDS population. About 17% of the population is Muslim, while another 10% practice traditional indigenous religions or no religion at all. The culture of Ghana especially manifests itself in clothing – the kente cloth is used to make a variety of clothing, with different colors and symbols having different meanings and being used for a variety of social and religious events. Azonto and Kpanlogo music are popular, as well as Hiplife (Ghanian hip-hop). Soccer is the country’s most popular sport, with the national team being one of the more successful teams from Africa in international play. The country has one of Africa’s best health systems, and a literacy rate of slightly above 70%. Cassava, millet, yam, corn, and beans are commonly eaten foods in the country, and most meals are served with stews or soups that use a wide variety of meat, seafood, or vegetables. Red Red (bean stew and fried plantains) and meat kebabs are also popular.
These statistics can be found at mormonnewsroom.org:
*These statistics cover all of Ghana.
Fufuo- Boiled plantain and casava pounded together
Bush-meat (ex: grass cutters)
Soup- Lite, groundnut, palmnut
Walking, trotros, bicycles, and taxis
Don’t drink water or eat food from the streets.
Don’t proselyte in Muslim communities after dark.
Take doxycycline (anti-malaria pill) everyday.
Sleep under a mosquito net.
E te sen?- How are you?
Eye – I am fine.
Enye- I am not well.
Ye fre wo sen?- What’s your name?
Ye fre me Elder/Sister _______.- My name is Elder/Sister _______.
Me ye nsempakafuo ewo Yesu Kristo n’asore a ewo ho ma akyire a ho tefuo- I am a missionary from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
PMB CC 1385
Straight from the Ghana Cape Coast Mission:
What food did you eat the most of?
“Rice and chicken. My favorite was fufuo (boiled plantain and cassava pounded together) and groundnut soup.”
What modes of transportation did you use?
“Within our area, walking. We did take trotros (similar to a bus, but it’s a van instead) when we had to go somewhere far.”
What were some of the cultural customs and traditions?
“You eat traditional foods with your hands. You greet with your right hand as a sign of respect because the left hand is considered dirty. March 6 is Independence Day. People walk around with Ghana flags. Easter was also a big holiday.”
“My first time walking down the street, we stopped by anybody, it didn’t matter where they were- provision shops, electric shops, fruit stands, beauty salons. Everyone loved talking about the Gospel.”
“The people were very humble. A lot of them, once they heard the Truth, they knew it. In one of my areas, we were trying to find a referral. But we couldn’t find it, so we started contacting within the compound, and we contacted this family. The mother was always busy trying to support the family, but she let us in anyways. She had a son, who was about 16 at the time. He sat in with the lesson, and from that first lesson, he knew that what we were saying was true. Next time we came by, he had done all the assignments we gave him. He had prayed about it and he said he was ready to get baptized. We ended up baptizing his whole family and they became really strong members.”
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