57th Ghana Independence Day!!

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Happy 57th Independence Day to all my Ghanaians! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Independence Square in Accra, 2010

Today marks Ghana’s 57th Independence Day so I will share 57 random facts regarding Ghana and my trips there, along with my personal pictures, stories and videos from past visits.

I  have created random lists before in order to commemorate special days 🙂 🙂

  1. Ghana gained its independence from Britain’s colonial rule on March 6, 1957.
    Artwork of Ghana's first president Dr.Kwame Nkrumah. W.E.B Dubois Center in Accra, Ghana 2010

    Artwork of Ghana’s first president Dr.Kwame Nkrumah at the W.E.B Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture Accra, Ghana 2010

    Some more artwork of Nkrumah at the W.E.B Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture.

    Some more artwork of Nkrumah at the W.E.B Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture.

  2. In 2009, Ghana was the first  Sub-Saharan African country that President Barack Obama visited since becoming president.

  3. Ghana babies love President Obama (the proof is in the pictures above..lol)
  4.  During President Obama’s 2009 visit, he told lawmakers that Ghana now shows “a face of Africa that is too often overlooked by a world that sees only tragedy or the need for charity.”
  5. During my 2010 visit, I saw Obama rice on the menu at a restaurant.
  6. I also saw Hotel Obama.
  7. I LOVE Kente cloth and I have a post dedicated to it here.
    Actress MaameYaa Boafo Photo Credit:Studio Eveliz

    Actress MaameYaa Boafo draped in Kente cloth
    Photo Credit:Studio Eveliz

  8. Accra is the capital of Ghana.
  9. My parents are of the Ashanti tribe {Akan people}.
  10. My name Amma means born on Saturday.
  11. I have been told by many people (my whole life) that my name is weird, unusual, pretty, different, unique and etc. However, I feel its VERY basic and not that special because I have met many Ama’s/Amma’s.
  12. I like my name though because it sparks conversation.
  13. Some Ghanaians name their children after the day that they were born. You can view variants here.
    Day of the Week Male Female
    Sunday Kwasi Akosua
    Monday Kwadwo Adwoa
    Tuesday Kwabena Abena
    Wednesday Kwaku Akua
    Thursday Yaw Yaa
    Friday Kofi Afua
    Saturday Kwame Amma
  14. My family speaks Twi.
  15. My parents live in Kumasi (Ashanti Region).
  16. I was unaware Ghana had slave castles up until the 12th grade, during one of my African American Studies classes.
  17. My African American studies teacher looked at me like I had three dragon heads and then said in front of the entire class, ” You didn’t know that? Aren’t you from Ghana? ” #Embarrassing
     Cape Coast Slave Castle 2006 (Two years after my teacher put me on blast)..lol

    Cape Coast Slave Castle 2006 (Two years after my teacher put me on blast)..lol

  18. After that day, I became very interested in learning more about Ghana’s history and its tourist attractions.
  19. In 2010, I came to Ghana with a two page list of places I wanted to see..LOL
  20. My brothers friends were laughing at me.
  21. Ghana’s soccer team is called the “Black Stars” (DOPE name).ghana-black-stars
  22. I went to Kakum National Park {below I am recording my oldest brother Kofi walking on the canopy).
  23. Ghana has  FRESH and tasty tilapia! #yummy
    My yummy tilapia in 2010.

    My yummy tilapia in 2010.

  24. AKWAABA means “You are welcome” or just “Welcome
    Pic taken in 2010 of an AKWAABA billboard that was put up for President Obama's 2009 visit. I am sure it's still up..lol

    Pic taken in 2010 of an AKWAABA billboard that was put up for President Obama’s 2009 visit. I am sure it’s still up..lol

  25. The freshest and tastiest pineapples I have ever eaten were in Ghana.
  26. During my 2010 visit, I had a lot of “first time” moments.
  27. I rode a horse for the first time. I couldn’t even enjoy all five seconds of my horse ride because my brother was asking 21 questions on how to record but bless his heart anyways for capturing this “first” for me. *side eye*
  28. I went to the beach for the first time in my life!..lol Don’t worry because since then I have stepped up my beach game and I have visited plenty of beaches.SDC10704
  29. I went to a karaoke bar for the first time but I was too shy to go on stage and sing. However, that’s still one of my life goals.
  30. On New Years Day 2012, all three of my brothers and I went to Ghana together for the first time to visit our parentals. 🙂 🙂
  31. We took our first family pic together. All five of us, how romantical 🙂IMG_6306 copy
  32. This trip (2012) was my shortest visit to Ghana ever because I only stayed for two weeks.
  33. I have been to Ghana five times (1991, 1997, 2006, 2010 and 2012)
  34. I didn’t start having fun until I went in 2010 with my oldest brother Kofi {pictured above in the middle next to me wearing the white shirt}
  35. He is the reason I went to a lot of the places on my list <3
  36. He’s fluent in Twi so he cannot and will not be cheated…lol He also knows how to bargain.
  37. He knows a lot of people because he was born and raised there.
  38. After my 2006 visit, my mom vowed to NEVER pay for my plane ticket to Ghana because I complained too much on this trip.
  39. I did complain a lot because she and my dad didn’t take me anywhere.
    ghana 2006

    All I did was sit inside or outside of my uncle Charles’ bar. ‪#‎boring‬

  40. The trotro is a cheap way of getting around Ghana, enter at your own risk and say a prayer. I had a near death experience on there but not all my experiences were bad though. *side eye*
    tro tro filled to capacity

    A trotro filled to the MAX (not uncommon).
    2012

  41. I went to the club for the first time in Ghana.
  42. Ghana nightlife is very fun 🙂
  43. When I visit Ghana, all I want to buy is beads and accessories…lol my beads
  44. But when I return to MD, I always regret that I didn’t purchase more cloths and dresses.
  45. I was born in DC, raised in Maryland (MD) but I always tell people {when asked} that I’m from Ghana. People always assume I am not American.
  46. The back of cars in Ghana say random things on them. Sometimes in Twi, sometimes in English and sometimes religious  These messages remind me of bumper stickers.
  47. In elementary school, whenever my teachers or other adults asked me where I was from, I always said Ghana. They   would always reply with “Oh okay Guyana”. This happened for all of elementary school! #Annoying! Almost as annoying as when I say my name is Amma, SPELL-IT-OUT (I even say “M” FOR mother) and people call STILL me Anna :-/
  48. During my 2010 visit I ate fried rice and chicken just about everyday for a month.
  49. I gained so much weight.
  50. I am always FASCINATED by the women AND men carrying items on their heads (big or small).
  51. Babies on backs fascinate me too. This is Ghana’s version of the stroller 🙂
    Kumasi2010

    Kumasi 2010

  52. Ghana is very hot.
  53. Palm oil makes Kontomire stew {spinach stew} taste even better.
    BEST Kontomire stew I've ever had. There was a big ol tasty fried fish in there.

    BEST Kontomire stew I’ve ever had. There was a big ol tasty fried fish in there.
    Accra 2010

  54. I used to eat fufu all the time as a kid until one day I decided I didn’t want a fufu belly. I haven’t eaten it in years.
  55. Below is the Google Doodle for Ghana’s  57th Independence Day.Google Doodle 3/6/2014
  56. I like Ghana’s fast food restaurant Papeye in Accra. It’s name reminds me of Popeye’s and so does the food.
  57. I remember in college, I considered studying abroad in Ghana but then disregarded the idea. I thought to myself  “My parents are from there, I can go there anytime.” However, studying abroad in Ghana is totally different than visiting there with family. I know some Ghanaian-Americans {born and raised in the US but their parents are from Ghana} who studied abroad in Ghana. They had the time of their lives and went EVERYWHERE, to every region and to every tourist attraction. They also learned a great deal about Ghana’s history & rich culture. I think it’s a great idea  and wonderful experience. I regret not doing it but I am grateful for my visits 🙂

GOD BLESS Ghana and the entire continent of Africa 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my random list and thanks for reading. 🙂

~Amma Mama

9 Comments
  • Rebecca
    March 6, 2014

    Happpy Independence DAY to GHANA!! I loved your list! I enjoyed how you included facts plus personal touches!!! THE FOOOD LOOOKED GOOOD!!!!! Expecially the fish.. fooodie at heart! Loved it all!

    • ammamama
      March 6, 2014

      Thank you sweets<3
      Girl yas we're both foodians..lol
      Thanks for reading and commenting Becs 🙂

  • Sheila Exodus
    March 6, 2014

    God bless our homeland and make our nation great and strong!!. Love your list. Really enjoyed reading it. You’re soo blessed to go on that many visits. I haven’t gone back since I can here, but one day one day.

    • ammamama
      March 6, 2014

      AMEN!!! <3
      Thanks Sheila!! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      One day indeed! When did you come here?

  • Aaya
    March 6, 2014

    I LOVE this post!!!! Happy Independence day to Ghana 🙂 the part where you were riding the horse is hilarious, Kofi was doing the absolute most!! LOL this makes me want to take another trip to Ghana, haven’t been there in years :-/

    • ammamama
      March 6, 2014

      YAY! Thanks bopz!!!
      BopsieZ Ghana Invasion 2014! {Godwillingly}!!!
      Girl he was doing thee very MOST, I’m like bruh you is wrecking my flow. #cant.

  • TiffanyAfia
    March 7, 2014

    Happy Independence Day (I’m a day late haha) I’m British-Ghanaian (born in England with Ghanaian born parents) and I can’t wait to go to Ghana this summer! Thanks for the 57 facts 🙂

    • ammamama
      March 8, 2014

      Happy Independence Day to you too! No you’re not late, we celebrate until the end of the week..lol You will have so much fun! Is this your first time going to Ghana?
      Your welcome and thanks for reading them 🙂

      • TiffanyAfia
        March 8, 2014

        This will be my fourth visit but it has been a while 🙂

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