You know you are from Ghana when you can relate to these things ……
1. Paying bribe for people to do their work
In Ghana you regularly have to pay bribe for people to do their work, for eg. getting a passport, driver’s license, is a nightmare, you’d have to pay more than the official charges to get it done, pay to expedite the process and also pay more bribes to renew it when it expires … you just can’t win. Bribery goes as far as the judiciary system where some court judges took bribes in the form of goats(smh) and petty cash to free guilty criminals.
2. Power cuts
Power cuts are nothing new in Africa, but in Ghana power cuts can go for as long as 48 hours … yes!
3. Horrid Politics
In Ghana our politics stinks, if you doubt, switch on your radio in the morning and have a taste of our “honourable” leaders going at each other … so distasteful
4. Leaders constantly disrespecting the people
You may want to look here and see some of the absurd things Ghanaian leaders tell the people who voted them into power
5. Companies constantly taking customers for a ride
Companies do not give two *bleeps* about customers’ complaints, customer support means nothing in this side of town. You can pay for a service and it won’t work for a whole month and there’s absolutely nothing anybody can do about it.
6. Slow internet
Internet is slow as *bleep*. Moderately-faster internet costs an arm and a leg.
7. Lack of reliability
If a Ghanaian freelancer asks you to come back in three days for a work-done, just know that he actually means three weeks. Tailors and seamstresses are masters of this game.
8. One to two years rent advance
In most parts of the world rent is paid monthly, in Ghana, you’d have to cough out one or two years rent money upfront before you get a place to sleep at night
9. Elders are always right
In Ghana, being young means you are stupid, old means wise … period!
10. Foreigners are respected than locals
You won’t believe there are places in Ghana, locals can’t go, these places are reserved strictly for foreigners, yes in our own land …
11. Politics is the only legal means to overnight success
Every Ghanaian politician is rich whilst the rest of the country suffer.
12. Grave crimes go unpunished
Every Tom, Dick and Harry can swindle the nation or commit crime and get away with it whilst petty crimes are awarded ridiculous prison terms.
13. A career in entertainment is considered useless
Choosing to be an entertainer is considered useless
14. Women are considered ‘useless’ without a man
Regardless of a woman’s achievements, not having a husband, makes you useless in the eyes of Ghanaians.
15. Everything great is owned by foreigners
The biggest firms, companies, retail centers, websites etc. are owned by non-Ghanaians.
16. Sex is a forbidden topic
… but our music and movies are full of it
17. Learning over 20 subjects in school
Before you hit university, you’d have to learn over 20 subjects without any major, even in university, you have to take a minimum of 3 subjects.
18. People work for prestige and not for a good salary
People do not mind working at a prestigious company even if the salary is meagre.
19. Our educational certificates are basically useless outside the country
Most of our certificates cannot get you a job anywhere outside Ghana
20. People spend the whole week in church and expect money to magically appear
How they expect that to work baffles me
21. Lots of CEOs but high unemployment rate
It’s as if everybody in Ghana is a CEO yet unemployment rate is high as *bleep*
22. Where we give everything to God
… even things that requires brain-power, we lazily give the task to God.
23. Speaking in another man’s accent makes you exceptional
commonly called LAFA (locally acquired foreign accent) is a common thing on our radio stations even people who haven’t traveled to the UK or US can speak like people who were born and raised there. Our musicians do the same too ….
24. It’s only in Ghana that pastors are made millionaires
…. at the expense of their church members
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