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Ghana

Ghana

Etymology

The etymology of the word Ghana means “warrior king” and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval Ghana Empire in West Africa, but the empire was further north than the modern country of Ghana in the region of Guinea. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Accra Afropolitan Lifestyle Meetup – Are you a new Afropolitan? If you feel like we’re talking to you, join us and meet up with similar minded people. We will connect, collaborate, draw attention to what we stand for and share our experiences with the entire globe as a global culture incubator. [meetup]

Accra Co-Ed Sports Meetup – This meet-up is for the young professionals looking to stay active in a less competitive atmosphere. This not a club-level league, but mostly for those who want to learn, may have had some sports background, but mostly want to have-fun and stay fit. Games are co-ed. [meetup]

Accra Gas and Oil Meetup – Ghana started Drilling oil in its western parts for commercial quantity not so long. The Oil and Gas market is still growing and hence this group meet ups will be for both investors and upcoming business entities that is fresh to this field and will want to learn more about how they can be part of this new market. [meetup]

Accra Musicians Network – Accra Musicians Network (AMN) will be discussing what goes on in the Ghana music industry, who is doing what, the latest hits, trending etc. AMN will serve as a connecting hub for both the professionals and amateurs. we hope to see a bright and a solid platform everybody can share their thoughts through music to create fun and convey happiness. [meetup]

Design Thinking Ghana Meetup – Calling all DT lovers! Let’s get together to talk about design thinking, what is going on locally and internationally, move some post-it notes around, create POVs and reimagine things. [meetup]

Next Money ACR – Come together to discuss the intersection of banking, design and technology in creative spaces, with inspiring people, talking about really interesting and global topics, with a few drinks to boot. Casual, entrepreneurial, inquisitive minds are welcome! We run events all over the world, with an event on your continent or in your city coming soon. [meetup]

Open University of West Africa – A group dedicated to building today and the future through Open(online) Educational Resources. [meetup]

The Catalysts (Young Social Entrepreneurs) – It is not easy to start a social project. Sometimes,you wish you have a helping hand to tell you lets move on…This group is for young social Entrepreneurs who are change agents and are challenging the status quo in Ghana. Its all about sharing ideas and motivating ourselves in this sector. [meetup]

The Young African (21-35), Accra – Starting in London back in June 2013, The Young African began life as a platform dedicated purely to recreating the social aspect of university life for the recent-graduate/post-graduate-turned-full-time-employee. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – If you are in Ghana and struggling to find a play mate, never fear, AfroRomance is here. We make meeting sexy singles in your area quick and easy – do it today! They say love is all you need, and we say AfroRomance is all you need to get love. We specialise in helping people from different ethnicities find each other. At AfroRomance we even allow people to join, create a profile, and browse other member profiles for free so they can see if our database is for them with absolutely no risk. [afro romance]

FirstMet – Meeting singles from Ghana has never been easier. Welcome to the simplest online dating site to date, flirt, or just chat with Ghana singles. It’s free to register, view photos, and send messages to single men and women in Ghana! [firstmet]

Ghana Love – At GhanaLove.com, we excel at helping you find your match safely and quickly. Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person. Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo. [ghana love]

Sweeedy – Sweeedy is Ghana’s First Premium Online Dating Website (Social Discovery Website) which helps Single Ghanaian’s (Home and Abroad) and other Nationals to find Cherished Relationships that will most likely lead to Marriages. [sweeedy]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Ashanti African Tours – Our hiking tours are designed for you to see the real Ghana whilst being immersed in the culture and beliefs of the people in this part of West Africa. Our journey takes us off the beaten track to places rarely visited by tourists and you can be sure of a warm welcome from the local communities we pass through. Your guide will have exceptional knowledge of the flora and fauna we stumble across and will delight in identifying bird, butterfly, plant and tree species for you. [ashanti african tours]

Easy Track Ghana – Sometimes you only have a day or so available. Or perhaps you wish to stay in the comfort of Accra and make various day-trips. Here are some options you can try. [easy track ghana]

Urban Adventures – The slave trade may have been abolished centuries ago, but the evidence of the slave trade still stands in Africa. Join this Accra tour to see the forts and dungeons which once held masses of people, destined for a life on another continent, as well as the Museum of Slavery, which is strangely enough housed in a building built by slaves. [urban adventures]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Accra – Ghana’s capital city of Accra is one of the most popular cities in the country. Visitors can see Ghanaian art at the National Museum, or you can get to know the area by traveling around Independence Square. The Centre for National Culture is a great place to shop until you drop, and kente cloth and other crafts are plentiful in this area. [amerikanki]

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary – This small community-protected forest is the best place in the country to get a close-up encounter with two different monkey species: the black and white colobus monkey and the Lowe’s mona monkey. Both species are held sacred by the area’s local villagers. [amerikanki]

Busua – If you are looking for a beach adventure during your trip to Ghana, consider the coastal village of Busua. This community features great seafood restaurant and a popular surfing scene. In fact, the beaches run for about nine miles west to Cape Three Points, and they are lined with isolated and rustic resorts. [amerikanki]

Cape Coast Castle – The imposing, whitewashed castle found at the heart of Cape Coast is a historical wonder. You will visit dungeons and slave quarters, which contrast sharply with the grand Governor’s bedroom. The castle also features a museum that details the history of Ghana, Akan culture, and the slave trade. [amerikanki]

Kakum National Park – If you are interested in the wildlife of Ghana, the Kakum National Park is a great place to check out. This pocket of rainforest features endangered forest elephants, 300 species of bird, the colobus monkey, and about 600 butterfly species. The canopy walkway that is suspended nearly 100 feet above the forest floor is the main attraction. [amerikanki]

Kejetia Market – Located in the center of Kumasi, the Kejetia Market is often referred to as the largest market in West Africa. With over 11,000 stalls and 40,000 workers, this shopping hub sells food, knick-knacks, Ashanti sandals, glass beads, jewelry, and shoes. This destination is not a major tourist attraction, so shopkeepers are often pleasantly surprised to see visitors. You can also go with a guide who can help you to find obscure goods and will provide tips on bargaining. [amerikanki]

Mole National Park – The Mole National Park is one of the largest and best-equipped game reserves in the country, and visitors can easily see elephants and antelope like waterbuck, roan, and bushbuck. Spotted hyena and lion are also found in the park, although they are more elusive. Visitors must always be accompanied by a tour guide in the park, but you can explore in a four wheel drive vehicle or on foot. [amerikanki]

Nzulezu Stilted Village – This unique village is best visited during the rainy season when the area water levels are high. Seated on stilts, this community lies in the middle of the Amansuri wetlands, which is rich in birds and other wildlife. The village is most easily visited via the waterfront village of Beyin via dugout canoe. [amerikanki]

The Kumasi Voodoo Experience – If you are interested in a unique experience when visiting Ghana, consider an exciting tour of the world of voodoo in Kumasi. Visit a voodoo shrine and meet with local priests who explain age-old spells, rituals, dances, and other practices. You will also watch a voodoo dance completed with ritualistic chants and costumed dancers. [amerikanki]

Festivals

Festivals

Aboakyir (Deer Hunt) Festival – “Aboakyir” literally, means “game hunting”. This popular festival is celebrated on the first Saturday of May by the chiefs and people of Winneba. The festival begins with a competitive hunt between 2 traditional warrior groups in a nearby game reserve, where each tries to catch an antelope live. It is an adventurous event to test the strength, bravery, determination and intuition of the 2 rival groups. [touring ghana]

Ahumkan Festival – A celebration in which the local population of Akim-Kibi, in the Eastern Region to reaffirm their loyalty to their chieftains. [touring ghana]

Bugum Festival – Although the Bugum Festival was also linked with Islam, it has become a major event on the traditional calendar too. It commemorates the flight of Naiyul-Lah Mohammed from Mecca into exile in Medina in AD658. The festival is celebrated in Dagbon, Gonja, Mamprusi and Nanumba. The events begin withprocessions from neighbouring villages. By nightfall, all the villagers converge at the Chief’s palace withlighted torches. Following special invocations by the Chief, the ceremony illuminate the streets. Festive drumming and dancing continue until the early hours of the morning. [touring ghana]

Damba Festival – Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone. The two-day festival is full of pageantry and showmanship and is celebrated in the towns of Dagbon, Gonjaland, Mamprusiland and Nanumbaland. [touring ghana]

Dzawuwu Festival – Is celebrated by the people of Dabala, in the Volta Region. It is an Annual traditional and thanksgiving festival of the Agave people. [touring ghana]

Gyenprem Festival – Is celebrated by the people of Fafo, in the Volta Region and marked by a durbar of thanksgiving for an abundant harvest and a year of peace. [touring ghana]

Ngmayem Festival – This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people. It is celebrated in March-April by the people of Manya and Yilo Krobo in the towns of Krobo Odumase and Somanya, in the Eastern Region. [touring ghana]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Buses in Ghana are generally comfortable, fast and safe, however tickets cost between GHS14 (US$6) and GHS24 (US$10.50), depending on what type of bus you choose.  Expats and travellers should remember buses in Ghana charge an extra fee for luggage. [just landed]

Taxis – The most efficient way to travel in the cities is probably taking a taxi and they are everywhere! Some taxis are metered and registered while other taxis are not registered and prices should negotiated. [just landed]

Tro tros – Tro tros are private owned minivans that hold approximately 16 to 24 people and are designed to hold as much luggage as people. Tro tros are uncomfortable, and somewhat dangerous, but offer a very exciting adventure, therefore they are recommended for short journeys only. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Accra Corporate Social Responsibility Meetup – This group is for professionals in Ghana who work in Corporate Social Responsibility (aka Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability) and its various forms. Through monthly networking gatherings in a casual setting, we will hopefully get together to listen to a speaker and then share ideas about CSR and network among an informed group. [meetup]

Accra R Users Group – We are the local R user group for Accra, Ghana. [meetup]

Accra Startup Founder 101 – In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. In addition, you can meet local founders, exchange ideas, get feedback, engage in startup workshops, meet business partners, and more. [meetup]

Accra WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Ghana Salesforce Developer Group – We’re a group for all developers seeking knowledge in Salesforce platform. We welcome experts and new developers as well as students to the Salesforce platform who want to learn how to build apps and integrate other cloud platforms with Salesforce. We will talk all about Salesforce, have workshops, discuss concerns, and also get some cool swag and other exclusives from Salesforce! [meetup]

Meteor Ghana – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Startup Grind in Accra – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Women Who Code Accra – Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Accra Expat – Be home to and the communication point for all members and groups of Ghana’s expatriate community. [accra expat]

Expats & International Friends club, Accra-Ghana – Come meet new people and start new friendships. Spice up your life, come mingle and chill in selected bars and lounges across Accra’s ever changing landscape while enjoying the cool ambience of Accra by night! [meetup]

Living in Ghana – Ghana’s developing economy, culture and demographics is evident in the diversity of life on the ground. Offering historic, traditional and modern all in one go. We’ve put together some useful information you will need if you’re planning on moving to Ghana. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Ghana – As a platform created to serve expatriates around the globe, InterNations is here to help you navigate through the obstacles and challenges of moving to a new country. Many expats living in Ghana have taken advantage of the wide range of resources available on our platform during and after the process of relocating here. We’re a community-driven platform, so please feel free to share your own experiences! [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Ghana – Stop the gay holocaust in Ghana. Follow LGBT Ghana for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) news in Ghana. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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