Colors of Ghana

Africa has a lot of diversity as far as culture is concerned. Every African country boasts a number of its own tribes, languages and traditions. These cultures are highly enthralling and keep the travelers searching for cheap flights to Africa.

One such culturally rich country is Ghana. People of Ghana mainly descend from six different origins that are Akan (Ashanti and Fanti), Ewe, Ga-Adangbe, Mole-Dagbani, Guan, and Gurma. Eight languages are spoken in the country and it enjoys many religions being practiced there. This creates a beautiful blend of many cultures in Ghana making it a truly spectacular country. The festivals, dance and music; seen throughout Ghana and different as per community, make Ghana a tourist destination, par excellence. Its friendly and hospitable people further leave no reason why not to visit Ghana.

The largest tribe in Ghana is the Ashanti. It is one of the few West African communities ruled by women. In the olden days, the tribe was popular for its wealthy rulers, however, now it is known for craftwork of its people. The most popular productions of the village are the hand carved stools and fertility dolls. The Kente cloth made by the Ashanti villagers is popular throughout the world. This is mostly made from cotton and comprises colorful patterns, mostly lining. The people of this village are economically progressive and known to be social. They tend to participate in every ceremony held in Ghana. Most frequently, they are seen at funeral ceremonies that last several days and consume a large fraction of the household budget. Weaving, woodcarving, ceramics, and metallurgy from the Ashanti tribe are also very popular.

The Ewe is another tribe under female rule. Its population is spread throughout southern Ghana. The Ewe people run a variety of businesses. They are popular for Kente cloth, fishing and beautiful craftwork while some people also keep livestock. This provides prosperous trading opportunities for Ewe people.

Although the Ga and Adangbe people inherit their language from a common origin; they no more have any similarity.The Ga groups inhibit the eastern while the Adangbe groups inhibit the western lands of Accra. They both further have sub-groups speaking different dialects of Ga and Adanbge languages.

The Guan people are believed to have migrated from the region of Burkina Faso, around 1000AD. They are settled on the coastal plains of Ghana and so is the Fanti tribe.

The Mole-Dagbani people are mostly Muslims and are concentrated in northern regions of Ghana. These people speak five different languages. The Gurma tribe also belongs to the Gur language family like the Mole-Dagbani. They are settled in Northern Volta of Ghana.

Ghanaians speak seven languages that are Twi, Fante, Ga, Hausa, Dagbani, Ewe and Nzema. English remains the national language. Twi is spoken by Akan tribes and is believed to be the most developed of all. The country has highest population of Christians followed by traditional African religions. Islam is followed by 15% of the population.

Ghanaian cuisine majorly comprises soup. The most popular soups are light, palm nut and groundnut soups.

The liveliness of the country is also due to the so many festivals celebrated there. From childbirth to puberty to death, old customs to history and politics, celebrations are common in Ghana at every occasion.

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