Ghana in the Headlines

Experiencing and absorbing the country that you are volunteering at.

Youth Challenge International

A week before I even arrived in Ghana the country had already made headlines. On Tuesday the 24th of July, Ghana lost their president. Our first day in the country was exactly a week after he had passed away and it shocked me how saddened the country was.

In Ghana, the sense of community is huge. When someone is mourning, the immediate reaction is to mourn with him or her and this was very present after the president had died. The entire country was in a state of sadness; posters and billboards had already been put up showing the respects to the recently deceased. Even in the newspapers, it seemed that every legitimate company in Ghana had written an ad sending their public condolences about the president. Newscasts, advertisements, music videos, posters, billboards – you name it, the presidents face was somewhere.

In Ghana, when a person dies, everyone…

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