Ghana Cultural Information

Know before you go!
 
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!
 

Ghana Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Readings

 

 

Music

  • Sarkodie
  • Ruff-N-Smooth
  • Samini
  • Eazzy

 

Listen to more before you go at Ghanaian Radio

Cultural Activities

 

Recommended Websites

 

Common Ghanaian Cuisine

  • Fufu & Soup
  • Kelewele
  • Jollof Rice
  • Groundnut Stew
  • Okro Stew with Banku
  • Gari

Prominent Ghanaian Figures

Ama Ata Aidoo is a Ghanaian fiction writer known for her place in history as the first published African female dramatist, as well as for her Commonwealth Writer's Prize recipient novel, "Changes," and her 1977 novel, "Our Sister Killjoy."

Van Vicker is a highly regarded Ghanaian film and television performer whose work garnered two African Movie Academy Award nominations in 2008.

Kwasi Danquah III,better known by his stage name Tinchy Stryder,also known as The Star in the Hood, is a Ghanian-British musician, music executive, A&R executiveinvestor, and businessman. He is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Takeover Roc Nation.His non-music business ventures include the clothing line Star in the Hood, among others. He is also the president and chief executive of Takeover/Cloud 9 (music publishing company through EMI Music Publishing Company), and he currently serves as the Chairman and A&R executive of Takeover Entertainment Limited , and along with Jay-Z, also co-owns Takeover Roc Nation.

Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanian footballer who plays for Chelsea, and the Ghana national football team. He is a midfielder who has often been touted as a box-to-box midfielder for his ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play and for his tough tackling style which has earned him the nickname "The Bison".

 

 

Politics

George Alfred Grant, popularly known as Paa Grant , was a merchant and politician in the Gold Coast who has been called "the father of Gold Coast politics". As a political activist, he was a founder and the first president of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947.

John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who has been President of Ghana since July 2012. He was the Vice President of Ghana  from 2009 to 2012, and he took office as President on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, President John Atta Mills. He was elected to serve his first term as president in December 2012 following a peaceful election. A communication expert, historian, and writer, Mahama was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001.

Kwame Nkrumah, was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. Overseeing the nation's independence from British colonial rule in 1957, Nkrumah was the first President of Ghana and the first Prime Minister of Ghana. An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963. He saw himself as an African Lenin

 

 

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