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.
3. Ghanaians are amazing dancers
It’s almost like it comes in the gene but yeah, they dance really well.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
9. Ghanaians are very welcoming
Yup! They’re pretty nice and very welcoming to visitors. Such a delight
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.
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.