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Ghana is considered an emerging economy and derives much of its economic output from production of cocoa and gold. 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%.
The LDS church in Ghana is steadily growing. Starting in 1969 a group of Christians started calling themselves Mormons and subscribed to the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the LDS church. It was not until 1978, however, that missionaries came to officiate ordinances for members and official congregations were organized. As of 2012 around 48,500 members were recorded in Ghana. The only temple in the country is located in Accra.
People in Ghana eat a lot of various types of stew, often made with chicken or other meat. When eating the stew they often use Fufu, a type of starchy dough. They tear off a piece from the main lump of fufu and dip it into the stew. Ghanese food often involves eating with fingers. On the streets vendors sell other local favorites like plantain chips, yams, nuts and fish. 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.
In Ghana public buses are a major mode of transportation. There are also mini-buses called Tro-Tros that are available for transportation. The vehicle itself may only seat about ten people but usually the driver will squeeze in as many passengers as he or she can. Often a child will sit on the bus and shout out the upcoming stops and collect money from passengers. Kumasi features a rail system that connects it with the outlying cities in the Ashanti region.
A major safety concern in Ghana is the threat of Malaria via mosquitos. To combat the effects of Malaria, a daily antibiotic is given to the missionaries. Apart from that, Ghana is not known to be a particularly violent or dirty city and mission-handbook safety regulations should be followed at the discretion of the Mission President.
Greetings are of high importance in Ghana. In fact, there is a customary handshake that missionaries learn from locals when they arrive. Most interpersonal exchanges take place with the right hand. The left is considered rude when used to make gestures or indications.
Twi, a popular Akan dialect – Woho te-sain (How are you?) Me ho ye (I’m fine).
Kumasi is home to the Kumasi Ashanti Kotoko, one of Ghana’s best soccer teams.
One ounce letters can be mailed to missionaries in Ghana with a 98 cent postal stamp. A flat rate envelope, which contains up to 4 pounds of approved mail, can be sent from the post office starting at 45 USD. Flat rate packages weighing up to 20 pounds start at 80 USD.
P.O. Box KS 16333