I Went To Ghana For Chale Wote Festival And Here’s 13 Things I Discovered

So, I left Lagos sometime last week to experience Chale Wote Festival in Jamestown, Accra and it was an amazing experience.

The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of James Town, Accra

It was my first time in Ghana and obviously my first time at Chale Wote and after staying for about a week, here are some interesting things I realized about the festival and Ghanaians.

 

1. It is expensive to live in Ghana

Every time I bought or paid for something in cedi, I calculated the price in my head in naira and for the most, marvelled at how I wouldn’t have paid for such in Nigeria. It actually makes sense now that it’s one of the top 15 cities in Africa

 

2. Ghanaians have beautiful skin

Their skin is so beautiful. I kept on looking for someone with bad skin but somehow, I didn’t find any.

Image: Fela Makafui/Instagram

 

3. Ghanaians are amazing dancers

It’s almost like it comes in the gene but yeah, they dance really well.

Photo Credit: Laura Hajar

 

4. Nigerian music is really big in Ghana

In Ghana, I heard Nigerian songs from years back. Our music is everywhere in Ghana and they know the lyrics or murder it.

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Photo: Davido/YouTube

 

5. Ghanaian jollof is not all that

I tried Ghanaian jollof twice and in all honesty, it isn’t really all that. One thing I had that blew my mind was kelewele though, loved it!

Image: FoodInstantly.com

 

6. The Chale Wote Festival is really big

I don’t know what I was expecting but the festival was absolutely bigger than I thought. There were a lot of people – locals and foreigners as well and a lot of side attractions that made it all better.

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7. Ghanaians are pretty liberal people

Ghanaians are a lot open-minded than I thought. A lot of things I saw in Accra (which obviously stays in Accra) would not fly in Nigeria, at all.

chalewote guys

 

8. There’s great power supply in Ghana

Bruh, this one was the maddest thing about staying in Accra. The power supply was good and the fridge in my apartment was clear proof.

electricity

Photo: Emaze

 

9. Ghanaians are very welcoming

Yup! They’re pretty nice and very welcoming to visitors. Such a delight

Image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko (South Africa)

 

10. Ghanaian pidgin is sweet to speak

Throughout my stay, I tried to pronounce words like them and I found it funny. I was fascinated by it, as they were about the way we spoke.

 

11. There are a lot of pizzerias in Accra

One of the biggest mistakes I made was not to have some slice of pizza, but there’s literally a pizzeria in every street or road. Makes me wonder if Ghanaians consume pizza that much.

 

12. Ghanaians will add shitor to everything

Every damn thing! From jollof rice to even suya and others.

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13. They sure eat a lot of sausages

And there’s no innuendo in this. They consume a lot of sausages, a lot more than I expected.

Sausage and Peppers

Image: Lohi’s Creation

 

Hopefully, this won’t be my last Chale Wote Festival.