Signs of Ghana- Part 1

I came across a series of pictures which in essence provides readers who have never been to Ghana with an idea of who the average ‘Ghanaman’ is. Inspite of our socio – economic challenges, Ghanaians have this subtle unassuming humour. You know the type that causes you to laugh uncontrollably whilst at the same time shaking your head and pondering over the situation in a serious manner? Whether it’s humour from our chop bars or fufu sellers, carpenters, spiritualists, or an employee stating  his case, you can’t help but chuckle. Most Ghanaians have had basic education (JHS ) but we should ask ourselves; just how well are we teaching our future generation if present day adults put out signage such as these? Many of our business owners in the informal sector have had very little training, and education. It astounds me as to how some have become successful in their business. Can you imagine how much more they could do if they had the right training and skills? In Ghana we say everybody is an MD – Ghanaians are all Managing Directors of their lives. We make do with what we have and make the best of it. We laugh at ourselves and move on with life. I love that! Below are a series of pictures I’ve compiled courtesy of a Facebook friend, Ian, who has over the years collected these pictures.  Enjoy!  
Most areas in Ghana do not have enough toilets. It is very common for Ghanaians to use open spaces to 'relieve' themselves. When you drive around Accra, you'll see many signs similar to the one above, but usually the spot fine is money. For this one you'll get a slap

Most areas in Ghana do not have enough toilets. It is very common for Ghanaians to use open spaces to ‘relieve’ themselves. When you drive around Accra, you’ll see many signs similar to the one above, but usually the spot fine is money. For this one you’ll get a slap

 
Ghanaians take religion very seriously. In 2010 Michael Essien was injured and the chances of him representing Ghana in the world cup was slim. Read above to see how people in Kumasi sort to solve the Essien injury.

Ghanaians take religion very seriously. In 2010 Michael Essien was injured and the chances of him representing Ghana in the world cup was slim. Read above to see how people in Kumasi sort to solve the Essien injury.

   

Ghanaians take all things spiritual very seriously. We are still a fatalistic society. We believe that nothing is in our control and everything that goes against our plans is the fault of a relative, the devil or a jealous friend.

 
Who's Harry? And where is he travelling to?

Who’s Harry? And where is he travelling to?

   
Joe's hair that talks. Many businesses found in the informal sector have business names so long that you'd have to be Einstein to actually remember it.

Joe’s hair that talks. Many businesses found in the informal sector have business names so long that you’d have to be Einstein to actually remember it.

 
Is there a difference between sleeping and dozing off? There is according to this security guard

Is there a difference between sleeping and dozing off? There is according to this security guard

 
In Ghana if you do not comply to such warnings then get ready to experience strange spiritual and physical consequences for your misdeeds. This person will most certainly take you to his spiritualist

In Ghana if you do not comply to such warnings then get ready to experience strange spiritual and physical consequences for your misdeeds. This person will most certainly take you to his spiritualist

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