You’ll know you are in Ghana when…
- Medicine is advertised on TV like candy
- People say “your head” or “your face” as retorts
- You see a truck embedded with maxi speakers and a bunch of people in the truck dancing while moving on the road
- You see a bunch of plastic chairs and tables casually organized at the side of the road with maxi speakers as a “café”
- People have ‘waakye’ (rice & beans) for breakfast
- Appointments are never met on time
- Students walk 15 minutes late into class as though they are 15 minutes early
- You can shop while stuck in traffic
- You find a “don’t walk on grass” sign where there is no grass
- You find a “no hawkers” sign on a street filled with hawkers
- You find a “throw litter in bins” next to overflowing bins
- Almost all the food joints have fried rice and chicken on the menu
- Employees miss work when it rains and expect their employers to accept it as a valid reason
- You find herbal medicine advertised on billboards with visual directions on where to apply them on one’s body, no matter the part.
- You see ubiquitous “Post No Bill” signs plastered or painted on walls.
- It is common to block streets on weekends in order to set up tents for funerals.
- Coffins are shaped as per the deceased worldly profession eg: a fisherman may be buried in a fish shaped coffin.
- People urinate on the “do not urinate” signs
- O – is added to everything .. Shut-up-O!
- You know exactly what a “knock” is and how it feels!
- Alcoholic beverages are advertised on TV and streets like they are soft drinks
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