For the benefit of those who do not know where Ghana is, it is a West African state with neighboring countries such as Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso etc. we have often been referred to as a peaceful nation. This has made the country a tourist destination and as a Ghanaian I am very proud of my country. Here are 10 ways to piss off a Ghanaian:
1. Assume that Twi is the national language
In a diverse nation made up of a lot of tribes, the country is a sensitive place when it comes to tribal issues, so even though TWI is the most widely spoken language, most people don’t want anyone thinking it is our national language( I am not even about to start this debate today)
2. Suggest or assume that Nigerians are better than us in anything
Nigerians are our neighbors and we stick together sometimes. A lot of Nigerians are resident in Ghana and so are some Ghanaians. There are even a lot of marriages between these two nations. Both nations are unique but there is this rivalry that will just not go away. I think it has been in existence even before I was born. This rivalry ranges from music, football, movies and dance. I personally think that comparing two uniquely countries is not worth it but it is fun sometimes but let be caution NEVER SUGGEST THAT NIGERIA IS BETTER THAN GHANA OR THE OTHER WAY ROUND. PERIOD!!!!!
3. Say that we are not the originators of AZONTO
Hehehehe this is a big one too. The Azonto dance is a unique dance that caught on with the youth in Ghana and has been recognized worldwide. The youth in the country take pride in the fact that we have created a dance that is OURS. So please just don’t go there!!!!
4. Suggesting that we are not a hospitable nation
This is an attribute that is widespread especially by tourist and foreigners and we simply hold on to it like the way a lonely woman holds on to her pillow on a rainy night. Don’t try to take that away from us. I will personally fight you.
5. Suggest that politicians deserve their huge salaries and other incentives
Let me say this is the bigger one and suggesting this anywhere near a Ghanaian can be deadly to your health and life. We simply know that the masses are suffering and the only people who seem to be oblivious to this fact is our politicians and for a good reason, they take home fat pay and other incentives. Telling us otherwise would anger us.
6. Complain about the man preaching on board the trotro(public transport)
Ghana is a Christian dominated nation and it is therefore a common sight to see people preaching on public transport especially buses going on long distance journeys. This practice can sometimes be a nuisance but you dare not complain or you will be seen as the devil’s incarnate. No personal comment hehehehe.
7. Supporting another football team apart from the national team (black stars) when Ghana is playing(especially if you are Ghanaian)
This is self-explanatory, as a Ghanaian you have no business supporting an opposing team. GO BLACKSTARS.
8. Suggesting our footballers deserve huge bonuses
Don’t get it wrong we love our national team BUT at the same time we still can’t stand being told they have been paid bonuses for qualifying us to one tournament or the other. That is just Ghanaians for you.
9. Tell a Ghanaian his take home pay is reasonable
No matter our position or take home salaries it is never enough. Need I say more? I guess not
10. Suggest anything close to a civil war in Ghana
I mean war is never a good thing and as a country surrounded by war torn countries we know the conquences of war. Never suggest something close to a civil war happening in Ghana. The whole nation will descend on you and rightly so.