In the 1950s the people of Ghana started the art of creating figurative coffins. Families commission these coffins to represent the dreams or achievements of a deceased loved one, or to characterize their personalities. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned of King Bansah, an African king that lives in Germany and work as a mechanic at the same time that rules his kingdom in Ghana. vice.com/en/article/exq8p…
In Ghana, imported second-hand clothing is known as 'obroni wawo', or 'dead white man's clothes.' bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
The country of Ghana has exactly one natural lake, created by a meteorite impact 1 million years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Ghana and Ivory Coast produce at least 70 percent of the world's cocoa beans. And the world is running out of cocoa farmers as the next generation refuses to take up this job because of the difficulty of the process and wages as low as 84 cents a day. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
To the Akan people of Ghana, the second twin to be born is considered the elder, as they were mature enough to help their sibling out first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
Famed child star Shirley Temple served as the US ambassador to both Czechoslovakia and Ghana newsweek.com/shirley-temp…
After leaving cinema, Shirley Temple grew into the political scene, eventually becoming the ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia theatlantic.com/internati…
African American professor Arthur Smith changed his name to Molefi Kete Asante during a trip to Ghana where a librarian could not understand why he had an Englishman's name. He later published "Afrocentricity", saying Africans had been moved off-center in terms of identity, culture, and history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Childhood actress Shirley Temple became a UN delegate when Richard Nixon appointed her as ambassador to Ghana thelist.com/129652/the-un…
A village in Ghana has friendly crocodiles amusingplanet.com/2015/04…
African countries like Kenya struggle in getting McDonalds because of difficulties in tracing its supply chain. Ghana’s average disposable income has been declared too low by McDonald’s to enter the market and it cancelled plans to open in Zimbabwe in 1999 mgafrica.com/article/2015…
Ghana was one of the richest in Africa at the time of independence in 1957. By 1965, it had become virtually bankrupt due to massive corruption and the centralization of decision-making in the hands of its leader, who often signed multimillion-dollar contracts without informing anyone orwelltoday.com/africahis…
Isaac Hayes, the performer and composer of the theme from 1971's "Shaft," won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was only the third African-American to win an Oscar. Decades later, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada region of Ghana in recognition of his humanitarian work there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Ghanaian poet and author Kofi Awoonor whose work focused on the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people was killed in the 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Awoonor was Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, where he headed the committee against apartheid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kof…
The bass player for the influential proto-grunge band "The Melvins" was the daughter of 1930s child superstar and US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia Shirley (nee Temple) Black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
In January 1997, the capitol of Ghana rioted over accusations of penis snatching wizards. Several people were killed by mobs who accused them of using magic handshakes to kidnap penises and hold them for ransom. cnn.com/WORLD/9701/18/bri…
A 2002 study found older people in Ghana looked forward to death, seeing it as a welcome visitor that would bring peace and rest after a strenuous life cambridge.org/core/journa…
Shirley Temple, the child actor, was the 9th Ambassador to Ghana and the 27th Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
In Ghana β€œfantasy coffins” are made to represent the profession of the dead cnn.com/2017/12/29/africa…
Emmanuel Quaye who played Strika in The Beasts of No Nation, is begging in the streets of Ghana as he never received any money paid directly to him. A supposed fund with $30K is supposedly waiting for him when he turn 18. He has no paperwork of this allafrica.com/stories/201…
In much of West Africa, the staple food is fufu. In Kenya and parts of eastern and central Africa, the starchy side is ugali, a maize-based side. In Zambia and parts of southern Africa, there is nshima, pate in Benin and Togo, and banku in Ghana. All are essentially tasteless but eaten with soup akinyiochieng.com/jikoni/…
Between 3,000 and 5,000 African Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. They are teachers in small towns in the west or entrepreneurs in the capital and say they that even though living in Ghana is not always easy, they feel free and safe aljazeera.com/indepth/fea…
When Hollywood movie posters can't be imported to Ghana, locals will try their hand at drawing them. twistedsifter.com/2011/09…
Today I learned of Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an undercover investigative journalist from Ghana who never reveals his face because of his very high profile work and operates with a motto "naming, shaming and jailing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Palm wine was originally the drink of choice in southern Ghana, but during the slave trade period, it was replaced by rum and schnapps. Like the nations of northern Europe, Ghana was an area where men drank hard liquor, seen as "hot" or "strong" and clearly preferred it to palm wine or beer networks.h-net.org/node/2…
Actor Michael Jai White was recently crowned as King of Ghana. ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePag…
During his 1955 tour in Ghana, Louis Armstrong suddenly stopped playing, moved by the fact that one of the dancers resembled his mother, who had died 20 years before. He said: "I know it now. I came from here, way back. At least my people did. Now I know this is my country too." books.google.nl/books?id=…
The first president of Ghana who helped his country gain independence in 1960 was overthrown in a coup in 1966. He lived in exile in Guinea by its leader who made him the honorary co-president of the country en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwa…
Not only is Shirley Temple still alive, she has also been ambassador to Czechoslovakia & Ghana, survived breast cancer, served on the board of directors of Bank of America and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Ghana recieves around 40,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year, most of which ends up at Agbogbloshie, the world's largest e-dump. scidev.net/global/digital…
In January 1997, the capitol of Ghana rioted over accusations of penis snatching wizards. Several people were killed by mobs who accused them of using magic handshakes to kidnap penises and hold them for ransom. cnn.com/WORLD/9701/18/bri…
Criminals operated a fake US Embassy in Ghana for about a decade csmonitor.com/World/Afric…
The Akan people of Ghana name their children after the day of the week they were born. Most Ghanaians have at least one name from this system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
Last year, a Chinese company sold over 110 million counterfeit condoms to Ghana. theatlantic.com/china/arc…
Ghana grants the right of permanent residency to anyone of African descent in diaspora mint.gov.gh/services/righ…
Today I learned about the popularity of fantasy coffins in Ghana. It all started in Kane Kwei’s custom coffin shop in the 1950’s. People can choose to bury their loved ones in anything one could imagine, ears of corn, scorpions, airplanes, hammers, cats, etc. youtu.be/7Z_qYYH6XOM
Shirley Temple was the US Ambassador to Ghana (1974-1976) and to Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned of Shirley Temple's time as a diplomat. She was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, as well as the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States. britannica.com/biography/…
In Ghana, when Hollywood movie posters can't be imported, locals will try their hand at drawing the posters for their bootleg screenings. messynessychic.com/2013/0…
Benson T. Baba, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) announced that Ghana will be bidding for the 2032 Olyimpics gamesbids.com/eng/other-n…
Historically, the Asante kingdom played a dominant military role in West Africa for a number of centuries until it was defeated by the British in 1901 and annexed as a crown colony. At the height of its power the Asante kingdom controlled an area roughly the size of modern day Ghana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi
Ghanaian Chinese are an ethnic group of Chinese diaspora in Ghana. The ancestors of ethnic Chinese migrants to Ghana were of Hong Kong origin. As of 2009 there were an estimated 700,000 ethnic Chinese migrants that have settled in Ghana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In Ghana it is desirable to be buried in a novelty coffin, with favourites including a huge Coke bottle, an oversized Nokia and a giant catfish. dontpaniconline.com/magaz…
Child star Shirley Temple went on to become U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, was the first U.S. ambassador to visit independent Czechoslovakia, and served as late as 1992 under George H. W. Bush en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
In 1900, the Ashanti people of what is now Ghana fought a war with the British after the British governor of the region demanded to sit on a golden stool that symbolized Ashanti sovereignty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
CΓ©phas Bansah is a mechanic in germany, and also king of hohoe, ghana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C…
In some African Commonwealth nations, particularly Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, professional boxing contests are held on Boxing Day (Dec 26). This practice has also been followed for decades in Guyana and Italy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
King Togbe Ngoryifia Bansah has ruled the GBI Traditional Area of the Ghana Volta Region from his home in Germany since 1992 when he got the crown following his grandfather's death (as his left-handed father was not a rightful heir). He rules by phone, fax, and e-mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C…
Engineers in Ghana invented the Fufu Machine in 2004 that could make pounded yam in just a minute. It previously required thirty minutes to make fufu with the traditional pestle and mortar, where many families seek the help of a man for the task of continuous pounding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuf…

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