I've been in Ghana for three days now. I was invited here to do some presentation on Steem and Steemit. I planned to write about every bit of the journey as we went along and call it the Steem powered trip to Ghana Series. But for the most part I've been lost in the awe of the moments. I've been trying to grasp every bit of virtue that I can from this journey. That and the terrible network has kept me from making any serious post.
I've learned so many things since I stepped foot in Ghana. I'll just share a few random things that you might find interesting.
It is important that when you meet with foreigners, you behave yourself properly and act like an ambassador of your county and your culture. This is because of the fact that people will make a general opinion of your country based on your single disposition.
Ghanaians are Cheerful and Friendly
There was this lady we met on our way to Ghana, her name was Aisha, she didn't allow us take a picture but she is most friendly chatterbox I've ever met. She gave everyone Ghanaian names and taught us a little bit of her culture. So you might hear @ejemai calling himself Kwesi and @fisteganos calling himself Kojo.
"Charlie, what's up?"
I was standing at bar waiting for a drink and then this dude just came in, gestured towards the bar man and said "Charlie what's up". Moments after I overheard someone else call the driver Charlie. It was when someone from the meet-up called me Charlie that I knew something was fishy. When I asked from my Ghanaian friends I learned that Charlie is just a slang for addressing people. It's like saying "dude" or "pal" or "bros".
Despite the clarification I still find it very interesting that an entire nation will answer to one name "Charlie".
Ghanaian Jollof Rice
Almost everyone has had their opinion about the Ghanaian jollof rice versus Nigerian jollof. Now that I have tasted the famous Ghanaian jollof rice I feel I too should voice my own opinion about the rice but for some weird reasons known only to me I'm still not going to say which I think is the best now. I just want to put it out there that I have tasted the Ghanaian jollof rice. You can share your opinion in the comment section. Which do you think is best? Ghanaian or Nigerian jollof rice?
Ghanaians Value Family
I felt so emotional when @tj4real's father came up the podium at the close of the meet-up and declared his support for his son. The way he did it. He is currently the oldest African man in I know in steemit.
*@tj4real's father is the old man holding the mike. @tj4real is the holding his father and his mother is standing behind him.
After the meet-up the old man took it a step further and invited us to his house for lunch.
This old man has shown true heart. The Tuah family is awesome. We spent plenty hours with the them sharing our vision and telling stories of our experiences and hopes for Steemit.
Accra or Sunyani
Finally I'll let you in on a little secret I learned from @richforever. It's not really a secret though but you should consider it if you plan to come into the country.
It goes thus:
100Cedis in Sunyani can buy you many things but 100Cedis in Accra is nothing.
The meet-up was held in a city called Sunyani. We lounged in Tyco City Hotels. That hotel is fantastic!!! Everything was just so on point. I thought that it must have cost a fortune to get a place like that but when they told me price I couldn't bring my lower jaw back up to its original position for hours. The hotel bill was definitely lower than I expected.
In Accra however, perhaps became it's the countries capital and there is a lot of commerce going on there, everything is expensive.
Thank you very much for spending your precious time to read this post.