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What is it like growing up Ghanaian

Written by Kwame Anane

Growing up as a Ghanaian is similar to growing up as a person of different ethnicities and backgrounds. We are taught about religion from a young age, and Ghanaians are very religious people, whether they are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, practice traditional faiths, or practice a religion that isn’t very popular in Ghana, we are all quite religious, some more than others.

Our fathers are often ignored in Ghana, and we are reared solely by our moms. That isn’t to say that our fathers don’t raise us; they do, but as adults rather than as toddlers.

Our dos and don’ts are learned from any early age, too. The left hand is never the correct hand to use, everyone who is older is to be respected. Our closeness, for sure. It’s not really a part of Ghanaian culture, but Ghanaians are so close, it’s like we’re one connected family. We can come together for any reason.

There really isn’t a ‘Ghanaian culture’, though. Ghana is a multiethnic country, many different ethnic groups fill the small country. There are Akans and Dagombas, Christians and Muslims, those that live in the large cities; such as Accra and Kumasi, and those that live in the smaller towns and villages. Not all Ghanaians are the same, if you see a bunch of Ghanaians chilling in public, remember that.

Though, Ghanaians aren’t the same in terms of culture and ethnicity, most Ghanaians want the absolute best for their children. That’s why so many Ghanaians live abroad, not because Ghana is a bad country, but because there are more positive opportunities elsewhere.

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Since I was in kindergarten, I’ve been told to study hard. Ghanaians desire for their children to receive the greatest education possible, to grow, and to live a better life than they did. They value education and want their children to attend the greatest institutions and obtain the best careers possible. Because the vast majority of Ghanaians are black, and they primarily migrate to nations where blacks aren’t the majority, if at all, they understand that their children must stand out and defy preconceptions.

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