Etiquette in Ghana

Ghana is located in West Africa and is home to 27 million people.

The nation is a unitary presidential constitutional republic.

The official language of Ghana is English. National languages include Akuapem Twi, Asante Twi, Dagaare, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, Fante, Nzema, Wasa, Talensi, and Frafra.

69% of Ghanaians practice Christianity and around 16% practice Islam.

The currency of country is the Ghana cedi.

Greeting Etiquette

Greetings may vary among different ethnic groups, but with foreigners, it is usual to shake hands.

There is a specific way in which Ghanaians shake hands among one another, but it won’t be expected of foreigners to know this.

Greet people from right to left and always use your right hand.

Dining & Visiting Homes Etiquette

Accept invitations to dine with Ghanaians when offered the opportunity.

Dress well for your visit and plan to remove your shoes at the door.

Wash your hands in the washing bowl when it’s brought out to you.

Food will be served from a communal bowl. Eat from the area that is in front of you.

Don’t use your left hand at the communal dining bowl. Use your thumb and first two fingers to eat.