While there were many challenges and irritating things that I faced during my seven weeks in Ghana, there were many aspects of Ghana that I really grew to appreciate and enjoy during my stay in Kumasi. The first aspect of Ghana that I really enjoyed was the Cultural Center. My dance apprenticeship was at the Cultural Center so I spent most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays there. The staff at the Cultural center was very friendly and welcoming and I felt like I really found a family in the people there, especially in my dance mentor, Mr. Ernest. Mr. Ernest was a joy to work with and even though we goofed off sometimes, he really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, especially with making me perform in front of people. I have horrible stage fright and anxiety and I always complained to Mr. Ernest that I do not want to perform because I am not ready or I am going to mess up. However, after I finally performed, even though I messed up, I had fun and the gratification that I felt after I performed was amazing for me. Because of this, I really appreciate Mr. Ernest pushing me to perform in front of others.
My second favorite thing about Ghana are the wide array of clothing to choose from. I am a shopaholic and I really love clothes and fashion. I had recently gotten into dresses and skirts more before I came to Ghana so Ghana was the perfect place to dress shop. However, most of my clothes are solid, patternless colors and I tend to buy the same colors when I go shopping. Ghana’s clothes made me get even more out of my comfort zone because they are so colorful and bright. I bought so many colorful dresses and pants and purses that looked so good on me that it made me develop a new love for bright colors on my beautiful brown skin.
Another aspect of Ghana I really enjoyed was the community feeling when being outside. In the United States when you go outside in the neighborhood or even sometimes at the park it’s barely any people outside and when there are people they are as friendly or willing to talk and make conversation with you. In Ghana, however, whenever I was bored I could just go outside or look outside for entertainment and some type of human interaction because people are always roaming around outside and most shops are outside.
My last favorite things about Ghana are the constant opportunities to go partying and clubbing even on the weekdays and the goat kebabs and cheap liquor. I love partying, but in the US I have limited opportunities to party because I am not old enough to go to the club yet and most people only party on the weekends. So when I came to Ghana I was never too bored because I can just walk in the club and buy 1 cedi adonko bitters shots. I also really love the delicious goat kebabs with the pepper that are sold outside of most clubs and I am going to miss the taste of them so bad.
All in all, I am going to miss Ghana and everything that I really enjoyed about the culture there. However, I know I will be back there one day so I am not too sad about leaving and missing out on my favorite things.