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Traditional dress - Ghana
Traditional dress

In the south Women waer the Slit (long stright skirt) and Kaba (blouse).

the styles of the slit and kaba change with fashim. One year, it's slightly flared, one year it's very straight with a long spit, sometimes it has some pleats on one side.

The same goes for the Kaba: of trhe shoulder, big sleaves, understated sleaves, tight fit, loose fit. Whatever's in this season!

Ghanaians also like to adapt styles from other West African countries like the Nigerian "Ase Oke" or Lace oufitts.

You could call it a sartorial meting pot!

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  • Written Oct 2, 2004
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Akwaaba - Ghana
Akwaaba

Akwaaba is Akan (the collective name for Central Region ans Ashanti languages) for "welcome".

When you first arrive people will greet you with "Awaaba". BUT, say go go out for the day and return, your host will still say AKwaaba. Why? because it Literally means "you've gone and come back"!

So we use it in both situations! And it's always meant warmly.

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  • Written Sep 30, 2004
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Shaking Hands

Typical Ghanaians Shake hands a lot. When they first meet people, to congratulate or sometimes, just to say "thank you" for a present of a gesture.

Always offer your right hand; and if you enter a room full of people, (whether you've met them all or not) start from the right and work your way left, shaking hands with everyone.

This is how it's done in Ghana!

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  • Written Sep 30, 2004
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Use your right hand!

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Ghanaians do everything with their rights hand: eating, touching food, giving, receiving, shaking hands, even haling a cab. Anything you can think of - right hand!

The left hand is traditionally used for "dirty things" and it is considered very bad for to use the left hand. (Ghanaians would beat their children for this, for example). If you can't use your right hand for some reason, just say "sorry for using the left"

Ghanaians do make allowance for visitors who don't know the customs, but making the effort will be really appreciated.

If in doubt, use, the right!

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  • Updated Sep 28, 2004
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