Glorious Godly Ghana

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Crossing the border into Ghana, we were excited about the prospect of a new country to explore, a country to speak English in, and a country to see our first game park. We did not expect that we would be bombarded by the religious advertising that is 'Glorious Godly Ghana'.
Okay, time to explain the 'Glorious Godly Ghana'. Well, the history of Christian missionaries is really evident. As soon as you enter Ghana, you are bombarded with Christian terms in the title of shops, engineering firms and car depots. To get an idea, take a squizz at the following list of random shop names;
- God is good upholstery
- God is gracious entertainment
- Fill my cup, oh lord laundry
- Jesus is lord quality meat products
- God's Miracle fast food
- Jesus is my all and all fashion
- No Jesus, no life wood enterprizes
- God has done computer services
- Trust and obey carwash and chop bar
- Heaven take no bribe furniture shop
- Jesus opens doors car repairs
- Glorious talent shoes etc
Okay let's get serious now, our first week in Ghana was full of excitement. Our first stop was Tamale in the north, where we had our first encounter with the locals. While doing our truck guard duties, we got to chat to the inquisitive locals as, yes, they spoke English. We chatted about our truck, where we had been, where we are going, what we do each day, our own countries, football and even the inflation rate of Australia. One local high school guy named Ibrahim, was so pleased to meet us that he asked for our email and it didn't take long until he got into contact via hotmail. Cool hey, Maybe Ghana was going to be glorious.
Off we then went down some really dusty roads towards Ghana's premier game park, Mole National Park. At Mole, we straight away admired the glorious elephants bathing in the water, then we even got to chill out by a pool. We then met some local boys who helped us cook dinner, so in return Shaun taught them how to roast marshmellows. But the real 'Glorious Godly Ghana' highlight in Mole was of course our morning game walk. We saw antelope, green monkeys, baboons, crocodiles, army ants, warthogs and plenty of birdlife. Mole was our first game park in Africa and wouldn't be our last.
More crazy shop names as we headed to the Ashanti capital of Kumasi. Kumasi was dead as we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, so what else to do but hit the local bar. 'Glorious Godly Ghana' delivered the next day as we stepped out into a Kumasi we did not know. The streets of Kumasi were full of people going about their daily lives, endless street food stalls selling jollof rice, plantains, pineapples, coconuts and even Ghanian meat pies, and loads of pleasant, and more so unpleasant smells.
With Kumasi being the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana, we headed to the cultural centre, where we learnt about the Ashanti culture and its king and admired drum making, traditional kente cloth weaving and local artists at work.
While we were in the mood for the Ashanti culture, we headed to the hospital of all places to see what 'Glorious Godly Ghana' could deliver us there. And yes it did deliver, with the site of the Ashanti sword. Legend has it that hundreds of years ago an Ashanti king's witch doctor placed a sword into the ground to announce the capital of the new kingdom. To this day the sword can not be removed from the ground. Kind of like the story of Excalibar. There is a prophecy that the day the sword is removed, the Ashanti kingdom will be no more! Cool hey!
We then ventured to the palace, then onward to Kumasi's Kejetia market, the largest market in all of West Africa. Yes 'Glorious Godly Ghana' had produced a massive market. We strolled through the narrow alleyways, over railways tracks and passed some nasty smells, ending up in different sections of the market. From fruit and veg, to meat, voodoo fetish stalls, to metal work, to pluggers, to fabrics, to the machete section, this market had it all, so much it gave me a headache.
So as we left the craziness of Kumasi and headed for the Ghanian capital of Accra, we kept reading the crazy shop signs and got to see the even crazier coffin designs at funeral parlours, such as fish, bowling pin, camera, pinapple, crab, a petrol truck and even a bottle of beer. We started thinking that so far, 'Glorious Godly Ghana' had delivered us giggles, grins and good times. What else was to come? Tune in next week for more of our antics in Ghana.
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