Hello, I'm Flossie, and welcome to my page. I'm absolutely delighted your here. I'll be telling you all about my life in Accra Africa as well as my hopes and dreams. Join me, let's journey into my world together. Follow along twice a month as I continue to create new and interesting content just for you.
Navigating Ghana's economy
The Ghanian economy is a dynamic and ever changing one, characterized by its rich natural resources and future growth potential. In this article, I aim to give you an overview of the current state of Ghanian economy. Highlighting the challenges, possible opportunities, and the plans being used to foster sustainability and economic growth. The overall economic landscape: Ghana has experienced significant economic developments over the last few decades. A diverse economy that includes agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and several public services. However; the overall economy is radically influenced by external pressures like, commodity price fluctuations as well as global economic conditions. Challenges: Despite all this progress, Ghana is confronted with huge challenges that hamper its developments. A big challenge is the high level of public debt. Limiting the governments ability to invest in crucial infrastructure and social developement projects. Unemployment, especially among the youth, remains a serious concern. Socioeconomic disparity and social instability are the direct result experienced by todays' youth and even college graduates. Inadequate access to financing, unreliable electricity, and major corruption at all levels, pose huge hurdles to any economic progress these days. The opportunities: Ghana's economy holds significant opportunities that can fuel its growth and sure up its resilience overall. The country has significant mineral resources including gold, oil, and cocoa. That provides streams of revenue for possible growth as well as export potential of commodities. The agricultural sector is still the main driver of economic growth and could be scaled up to provide an even greater value in growing the financial and socioeconomic climate within the country. Investing in infrastructure development like roads, ports, and energy, would facilitate trade and attract foreign investment. Government Initiatives: The Ghanian government has implemented several initiatives to confront the challenges and still capitalize on the opportunities. The Ghana, Beyond Aid agenda, aims to reduce dependence on foreign aid and to promote self sufficiency through industrialization and entrepreneurship. The One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative supports the development of local industry to create jobs and enhance productivity. The government also seeks to enhance fiscal discipline and responsibility to reduce debt and promote transparent and accountable government. Until the so called leaders are held accountable, corruption and greed will hamper the well being of every Ghanian.
What is the naming tradition in Ghana ?
The tradition of naming a baby in Ghana starts with the Outdooring ceremony. As per tradition, this ceremony occurs 8 days after the birth. Parents bring their newborn child "outdoors" for the first time and give it a day name. Culture and traditional beliefs dictate that after 8 days, the baby was most likely to survive and could be given a name. In addition to the day name, Ghanians usually give children the name of an elder relative. Could be living or a relative that has passed. During the outdooring ceremony, male infants would be circumcised while female infants would have their ears pierced. That is the current practice in Ghana. But it is done within the hospital and the Outdooring serves as a symbolic ceremony as well as celebration of the child's birth. Although most Ghanian ethnic groups perform Outdooring ceremonies, they do vary slightly. Among the Akan, babies would be lifted towards the sky three times as the introduction to heaven and earth. The Ga, use drops of water and alcohol placed on the child's tongue. Symbolically representing good versus evil. Libations are also poured over the child as protection. After receiving its name, friends and family present their gifts to the baby which is then followed by a feast. Outdoorings are now less common as Ghana's people have adopted Christianity or Islam. Christian Ghanaians will often give their baby both Christian and Ghanian names, while in Muslim communities, a mallam suggests many names for the parents to pick from. Thank you for reading about another of our traditions. hope to see you again soon for my next article.
Love you all ! Flossie
Designing fashion is my dream.
Ah, fashion design! An exciting and creative field that has captured the hearts and minds of many aspiring designers. It's a world of glamour, style, and innovation, where anything is possible if you have the vision and talent to bring it to life.
So, you want to become a fashion designer? Well, my dear, you're in for a wild ride! But don't worry, with a bit of hard work, determination, and a few tips from yours truly, you'll be well on your way to creating your own fashion empire.
First and foremost, you need to have a passion for fashion. It's not enough to just like clothes or think it would be fun to design them. You need to be obsessed with fashion, to the point where it consumes your every thought and action. If you're not willing to eat, sleep, and breathe fashion, then this might not be the career for you.
Next, you need to hone your skills. Fashion design is not just about having good taste or an eye for style. It's a complex and technical field that requires a deep understanding of fabrics, colors, patterns, and construction. Take classes, read books, watch tutorials, and practice, practice, practice. The more you learn and practice, the better you'll become.
Networking is also key. Attend fashion events, join online communities, and connect with other designers, stylists, and industry professionals. Building relationships can help you get your foot in the door and open up new opportunities.
And finally, don't be afraid to take risks and be bold. Fashion is all about pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Don't be afraid to experiment with new styles, materials, and techniques. Your unique perspective and creative vision are what will set you apart from the rest.
In conclusion, becoming a fashion designer is not for the faint of heart. It requires passion, skill, networking, and a willingness to take risks. But if you have what it takes, it can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling career. So go forth, my dear, and design the world of fashion you've always dreamed of.
Celebration of the Eid Al-Adha in Ghana.
Known as Eid Al-Adha, Eid Ul Azha, Hari Raya Haji, or Bakr-id; the " Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast on the Muslim calender.
The festival may also be known as Al Eid Al Kabeer, which means the "Grand Eid". It has a more important status in religious terms as this Eid lasts for four days whereas Eid Al Fitr is only 1 day. Though most countries observe about the same number of public holidays for both Eids. The festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of the Prophet Abrahams' willingness to sacrifice everything for God. Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries. Traditions of Eid Al Adha conclude with the Pilgrimage to Mecca. It lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahims' (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. The same story appears in the Christian bible and is familiar to the Jews as well. One important difference is that Muslims believe the son was Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a " Great Sacrifice". In the Old Testament; it is a ram that is used as the sacrifice instead of the son. In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and a direct ancestor of Muhammad. During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahams' obedience by sacrificing a cow or a ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal, one third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy. The giving of charity in the form of money, food, or clothing to the homeless or poor, is another key tradition of Eid Al Adha.
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Easter Celebration traditions in Ghana
May 7, 2023 By Flossie
Easter is an important holiday for Christians all over the globe. The reason is because it commemorates one of the Christian faiths central tenets. Jesus' death and resurrection. And as a result, the Easter celebration in Ghana is usually a grand affair, with each believer deciding how they want to commemorate the special day. There are various celebrations on the Christian calender. Each has a distinct meaning and followers celebrate them accordingly. The most popular being the Christmas and Easter holidays. The Easter holiday is celebrated in Ghana as it is in much of the Christian world. However; unlike in the west, the commercialized aspects are conspicuously absent. Instead; the holiday is marked by a religious emphasis. Cultural activities are thrown in for good measure as well. Exactly how is Easter celebrated in Ghana ? Palm Sunday; which commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, marks the beginning of the festivities. Processions of church congregations singing praises to God while waving palm branches and white handkerchiefs are common. After Palm Sunday, the next major day is Good Friday. That's when every churchgoer attends mass to mark Christs' death. And how is Good Friday celebrated in Ghana you ask ? Some people wear dark mourning clothes to mark Christs' death. However; other parts of Ghana celebrate the day with joy and triumph because Jesus died for their sins and arose thereafter. There is also a subset of people who observe the holiday but are not religious. It is a time for them to spend with their families and friends to have good clean fun. The majority of Ghanaians also celebrate Easter on this day. Have you heard of the Kwahu Easter ? What is Kwahu Easter ? Kwahu Festival is an annual celebration held in the Kwahu South District of Ghana's Eastern Region. The event features people from all walks of life, gathering at Kwahu Hills every year, to celebrate a 3 day long affair. Like many other Akan tribes, the Kwahu people celebrate Akwasidae, a traditional festival. However, Kwahu's best describe the festive celebrations as a homecoming. That's how popular mountain revelry season got started. And lastly, when is Easter celebrated ? The occasion is a movable feast, which means it does not occur on the same date every year. It is; however, always celebrated on a Sunday between 22nd of March and 25th of April.
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The Black Star Square
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Black Star Square, also known as Independence Square, is a major and important public square. It is located in the heart of the capital city of the Republic of Ghana, Accra.
Commissioned by the first prime minister and then president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. It was built in 1961 and so far, it has been used for all major national public gatherings and national festivals. In addition, it has been used for the most important event which is the parade for Ghana's' Independence Day.
Due to the immense size of the square, which is one of the largest ones in the world, it boasts also the Independence Arch, the Black Star Monument, also known as the Black Star Gate, together with the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier that faces the Independence Arch symbolizing the Ghanaian heroes who lost their lives fighting for Ghana's independence.
In the vicinity, there is also the Accra Sports Stadium. As well as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and the Asomdwe Park which is the last resting place of the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills. There are stands all around the square which has a capacity of 30,000 people. The Black Star Square is fasho, (for sure), one of the most important places that deserves to be seen in person when you visit Ghana Africa.
Thank you all for reading my article. See you in the next one. Flossie
Harmattan season in Ghana Africa - what you should know and how to survive it.
By Flossie Bruce | Jan. 22, 2023 | Ghana
It's that time of year again. Dry air, dry skin, dry everything! And alot of dust. Hello to Harmattan season in Ghana Africa!
In West Africa that occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. The winds from the Sahara Desert reach West Africa and it's important to know some tips to deal with Harmattan in Ghana. Especially for those who have never experienced such an event before. Before we get into the "negatives" of Harmattan, let's share some reasons why you should be happy about Harmattan.
Good things about Harmattan
Better food preservation. During the season food doesn't get spoiled so easily. Your laundry will dry faster. You know those times you've had to cancel an outing because your chosen outfit is dirty? Well, you don't have an excuse anymore. You can wash your clothes and trust the Harmattan to make it dry quickly. So, no more excuses ! * You will sweat less * Reduces mosquitoes, as the weather is not as humid. * Atmosphere can be more pleasant as it can dim the sunlight. For the local people it's something very easy to deal with. They are used to it and know how to protect themselves. For expats, it could be a hard experience but there is always something you can do to minimize the effect of the dust winds. The harmattan weather by its nature is harsh, and with this harshness comes some adverse effects. Here are some things you should use to protect yourself and your health during this season. Stay hydrated! It is always advised to stay hydrated and to drink a minimum 1,5/2 L of water per day. During harmattan it is even more advisable. You may not sweat as much but always remember to drink your water. Try to avoid sugary drinks and consume more fruits (which are also rich in water, such as pineapple or watermelon for example). Drinking enough water helps keep the skin smooth and also reduces stress. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Adjust your outfits Changing your whole wardrobe to Autumn clothing is of course not the solution! But having a few layers to throw on when it gets colder would be advisable. Throw on a pair of jeans and don't forget your dust resistant glasses. Suffer from asthma? Keep your medication close! This season is not the best if you suffer from asthma. The atmosphere tends to get very dusty, and this can affect breathing and bring other health problems. If you suffer from asthma, always bring your inhaler with you or any other necessary medication. It can also cause dried out and irritated nasal passages so it is advisable to carry a nasal spray or pomade you can apply to hydrate your nasal passages. Of course try to avoid dusty areas as much as possible.
Keep your immune system strong - vitamin C Harmattan mornings can be quite cold - 9*C (48*F), but afternoons have recorded temperatures of up to 30*C (86*F). These drastic changes in temperature, alongside the dust can make us more prone to catching the flu or a cold. For this reason, it is advisable to have a rich diet in vitamins or take vitamin C supplements.
Moisturize - Hand, Hair & Body Making sure you hydrate your skin, this includes your lips, your face and your body, as well as your hair, is very important to avoid cracked lips and dry skin. Products such as locally made shea butter (highly utilised for centuries in Ghana) is a very good solution. Shea butter doesn't obstruct the pores, what it does rather is create a thin protective layer on your skin which will help protect you from things such as dust, as well as sun. Regular showers are also recommended. Shea butter, a great way to hydrate your skin. Watch out for fire outbreaks. Fire outbreaks are usually common during harmattan and the reason is not far- fetched: the dry atmosphere aids rapid spread of fire. The simple way of staying safe during such a period is to be more conscious of possible causes of fire outbreaks. Every season comes with its own challenges. In Ghana, especially in Accra, Harmattan doesn't bring cold weather, sometimes it's just a couple of weeks with fogginess and more humidity than usual. But for those who like to take pictures, harmattan and its colors can provide beautiful photos.
Thank you for reading my article on Harmattan season. I hope you enjoyed it. This is my 3rd article on Geriatric Trippin. Please come back for more.
Love you all! Flossie
Is Accra the land of opportunity ???
Accra is seen by some as a city with an array of endless possibilities and opportunities provided one is hardworking.
Accra, one of the biggest cities in Ghana and the capital as well, has a growing population of over 4 million people. It is the most populated city in the country. Home to the seat of government and plays host to hundreds of embassies and high commissions.
www.instagram.com/bruc.eernest/Born and raised in Ghana, I've had firsthand experience of living in this city. The joys, the challenges, and daily hustle. Hardworking is the key word here. Others see Accra as a city full of disappointment and dashed hopes. Personally, I believe living in Accra is a daily hustle. Either you play along or get left behind. There is too much competition, and most people are doing the same thing. This city is quite expensive to live in and comes with allot of challenges. Accra has a multilingual population. 'Ga' is the ethnic tongue of the city, but 'Twi' can easily be described as the dominant language spoken by all. Majority of individuals living in Accra can speak at least 2 local languages together with English. After all; it is the official language of the country.
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Akwaaba! Akwaaba! To Ghana
The Black star of Africa ! Like shopping the past in descent ways, I have more news for you. Welcome to the land of my birth.
Tourism, true culture, and even camels are from Africa! Where nature abounds for you to smile always. So come to Ghana and see things for yourself. Visit the gateway of Africa. Welcome to the land of freedom! Ghana is full of natural resources. 'Akwaaba' is a message full of hospitalities of the Ghanian. So come and see things for yourself. From the castles to the slavery days, to the jungles of the animals. From the culture arts to the traditions. Your camera shots will thrill your friends and family forever. What about the heat and the sun? Waooo! You'll be touched with extra vitamin D. It's all in the land of freedom and justice.