Living in Ghana
Ghana is one of the most prosperous nations in Africa with the highest cost of living.
The locals in Ghana are extremely friendly to foreigners. Expats here are referred to as 'Obroni'. Being new to the land, expats may hear this word very often from across buildings, out of car windows or wherever the locals spot the newbies.
For a vegetarian, surviving in Ghana can be pretty difficult. Every dish, if nothing else, has a flavor of fish or meat. If you are on a vegetarian diet than the best option for you is to stick to homemade food.
Dumsor, the renown electricity system in Ghana often faces unpredictable electricity outages. This causes a lot of trouble for the residents, because if they are not equipped with generators then they are left in the darkness.
Reluctant negotiators will find it difficult to crack a deal in the markets of Ghana. Foreigners are subject to hard bargain by Ghanaians. You may have to hunt for many shops before someone offers you a reasonable price for your purchase.
Politics in Ghana
Ghana is one of the most stable countries in West Africa. In 1957, it got independence from Britain. It was the first Sub- Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule.
The ruling in Ghana is within the framework of a presidential representative democratic republic. It means President of Ghana is head of state, government, and a multi-party system. The government seat is at the Golden Jubilee house.
Legislative power is both with Government and Parliament. Executive powers are with the government. The Judiciary is independent of executives and Legislature.
Economy in Ghana
Ghana economy is rich in diamonds and oil. It is Africa's second largest producer of gold and cocoa.
It inherits diverse and rich resource base, such as hydrocarbons and industrial minerals.
Trade is important to Ghana economy. Its GDP is composed of 99% of the value of exports and imports.
In Ghana, foreign investment in several economic sectors is restricted. It has enlarged its scope to provide bank credit to the private sector.
In Ghana, private press and broadcasters enjoy a high degree of freedom without any significant restriction.
Buying and renting property in Ghana
Buying or renting property in Ghana depends briefly on the duration of your stay.
If you are planning to move out of the country within 5 years, then it would be recommended to rent a property.
Renting property in Ghana is comparatively easy.
Buying property offers financial stability provided you have money to invest.
Keep this checklist handy before you hire a real estate agent in Ghana.
- Inquire which agent charges registration fee and how do they charge.
- A usual rental commission is 10% of transaction value. Some agents bifurcate it among the buyer and the owner.
- If your agent asks to enter into a contract, then be very certain about the terms before signing the papers.
Visa and Immigration
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Ghana's school system adopts the British model. It is one of the best education systems in West Africa. However, education standards are not maintained across the country.
The Ghanaian education system is segregated into three parts...
- Basic education is compulsory and free. This lasts for 11 years (Age 4-15). It is further divided into kindergarten (2 years), primary school (6 years) and Junior high school (3 years).
- Secondary cycle
- Tertiary education
Unfortunately, most of the teenagers can't afford to enroll into secondary cycle because they need to work for survival.
Weather in Ghana
Ghana experiences tropical climate. It has dry winter and is rainy in summers. It is located on the Gulf of Guinea, few degrees north of the equator which gives it a warm climate.
The pouring of rains varies from one region to an another in the following manner
- In the North, it is from May to September
- In the Centre, it is from April to October
- In the South, it is from April to November
- In the east, it is from April to June with a break in July and August, which is recurred in September and October.
There is a Harmattan season which Gulf of Guinea experiences in the end of November and the middle of March. During this period, Ghana experiences dry and dusky northeasterly trade winds blowing from the Sahara desert.
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