One day my curious and spontaneous self told me to take a trip. A trip to an unknown place filled with so much history and culture.
Stories in Ghana
Ghana is a fascinating place. Every corner, town and place is filled with so much to learn and these are the stories that matters. The stories of past events and present events, stories of how things were done before and now.
Images and narratives of how far we have come and how far we have to go. The stories of people who are different from us yet so similar. These are the stories I want to tell.
The conventional media is absorbed with fast news and stories that sell. I’m concerned with telling stories from the ground up. Because whether we like it or not, this is our story.
I strongly believe that one of the surest ways of breaking stereotypes is by forming a deep understanding of difference. Realizing that difference doesn’t mean bad and just because someone looks different from you or speaks different from you doesn’t make them aliens to you.
Travelling is the surest way of getting rid of these biases and stereotypes. I have heard stories of different places in Ghana. I have been told how wicked and dangerous some ethnic groups are and how I should desist from associating with them.
Nonetheless I am determined to experience them myself so I can form my own opinions. Because what you know by knowing and what you know by being told are two very different things.
My trip to Axim
Take for instance, my trip to the town of Axim. The first thing I noticed when I entered Axim, was the unity of its people. How well people connected with each other.
It was like everybody knew everyone and they all related so well. People stopped in the streets to greet and make small talk before moving on to their daily duties. Boys cheered on each other as they watched soccer and there was loud music in the streets. It was like any other town, the only difference I sensed was unity.
I believe unity is so important. And as a people we should see ourselves as one entity instead of allowing social divisions create enmity between us.
The Sisala man is as much the brother of the Akan man and the Fante woman is the sister of the Dagomba woman. I believe these things need to be done consciously by the renewal of our minds and by teaching our young ones that we are the same people.
We want the same things. We all want good governance and good roads. We all aspire for a better Ghana where healthcare and education are at its peak. And so it doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are, we are one in the same people.
Maybe I am naïve and this dream of mine will never be a reality but it starts with you. You right now reading this article. Drop all the baggage’s of stereotypes that blinds you from appreciating people.
Get to know people before you give them labels. Treat all people equally whether they have tribal marks or not. Don’t see something as ugly or inferior just because you weren’t exposed to it.
My Next trip
My next trip is in the Volta region. I want to see the Afadjato Mountain and I want to eat all the indigenous dishes of the voltarians. I want to meet the locals and interact with them.
I am determined to travel through Ghana bringing stories that matters. Stories that will change minds and stories that will make a difference.
The next time you want to take a leave or a trip, think somewhere outside your comfort zone. Be spontaneous but be safe. The world is still a dangerous place and caution is important. But have fun travelling Ghana and seeing places.
Travelling isn’t about going to the United States or the United Kingdom. Right here in Ghana, there are so many places you can see and experience that will change your life and your mind-set.
The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story. ~~Chimamanda ngozie
Passionate about Travel, arts and culture.
Unearthing stories worth sharing through tourism. Promoting local involvement in tourism and culture.
Telling the Ghanaian story, the Ghanaian way.
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