Can you imagine this sign on the streets of Sydney? New York? London?
Overwhelmingly Ghana is a very polite society. Sure you hear raised voices and of course violence does exist, but in day to day life and dealings with people, politeness overrides all else. I’ve even been told Ghanaians are allergic to blood! Not a bad way to be really. And from the rush, rush, rush of the western world, where time is king, we’ve all had to slow down, take the time to wish people good morning and ask after their families. It’s a good thing.
As well as being polite, Ghanaian society is deeply religious. It’s impossible to avoid, and coming from secular Australia, it takes a bit of getting used to. These sort of signs are always thick with a heavy moral code and I often find the tone somewhat patronising. The independant girl within is a little erked by it, but I guess if it works…who am I to critisise?
The sign is in front of ‘African Hour Information’. I have never heard of such a service before we moved here. It’s like local radio on a really, really local level. If you have something to announce; a death, a wedding (all the things that really keep society here ticking along), you pay the information stores a fee and they will broadcast it for you.
At TOP volume.
Lucky everyone here are early risers.