I arrived in Ghana on the 5th of August 2017 and have been in the country till the
time of this writing. The environment and way of life is not too different from
Nigeria. There are however some disparities .
The first thought that came to my mind on arriving my residence was to
go and plug my phone to the power outlet. I also did try to chide a
colleague of mine for trying to turn ON the air-conditioner. I thought the
building was powered by a generator. But to my surprise, there was
always a steady power supply.
The people are quite welcoming and can easily smell a Nigerian from a
distance. They are however not as aggressive as Nigerians, they are a bit
laid-back. I used to hold the perception that they are all dark in
complexion, but I was proved wrong.
Most of them communicate in Twi. Their pidgin (Chalé I make nice )is
also different from what is obtainable in Nigeria. They also refer to
almost everyone as Chalé. The English spoken by Ghanaians also differ
from that of Nigerians.
- Cost of LivingThis should have been the first point. The cost of living is way more
higher that Nigeria. When I first came, I found it hard to buy some stuffs
after converting the price to what I could have bought it when I was in
- The Weather
I stayed in EastLagon for the time I was in Ghana. The weather can get
very hot towards March and there is also little rain through out the year
in EastLagon. I heard the eastern region gets more of the rain.
The country is way more safer then their ‘elder brother’ Nigeria. The
police seems friendly. Except the case that happened recently, I find
them to be more friendly even though I haven’t had anything to do with
- National Pride
They seem to flaunt their colors a lot. Seems everything has a touch of
- Road and Traffic
There isn’t much of a difference in the road network when comparing
the two countries. The traffic here in Ghana can be gruesome but
nothing compared to Lagos traffic. The roads are also ladened with
potholes as in Nigeria.
- The Music
Over here, Nigerian music is played a lot. There are also a lot of
collaboration between the musicians from the two countries. I enjoy
their music a lot. The likes of Sarkodie, Shatte Wale, Stonebwoy,
Becca are seen as ‘gods’ here even though they speak a lot of their
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