Ghana is a country with more than a thousand Chiefs, Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens. They are traditional African Royalty; adorned with beautiful clothing and jewellery. Nothing else can leave you in genuine awe like attending an authentic royal wedding or burial. That is when you realise African traditions are as old as the mountains themselves.
In Accra you meet expats from all over the world, as they all try and find their own spot in the sun. Holding onto your own traditions can be difficult when nobody celebrates your countries’ National Holidays. Celebrating in traditional clothes while eating traditional food dishes is trickier. So we are left to celebrate local traditional days.
Farmers Day is an upcoming National Holiday in which farmers that excel in Ghana are recognised on a National scale. The day is celebrated close to Ghana’s late president’s Kwame Nkruma’s Birthday, and celebrated on the first weekend of December.
Imagine lots of grandiose speeches, colourful dancing and lavish traditional food dishes being served. This year the theme is “Grow more food”. As you can imagine, the party each and every year is bigger and better than the previous year. As it is done every year, many companies and banks have donated cars, cash, farming implements and various equipment to the government to be used as prizes for various positions. There are numerous categories, cocoa, foodstuff, animal breeding and poultry. An overall best farmer is then chosen from each category. The national best farmer is awarded with a car, cash cheque, farming equipment and even a four bedroom house.
Some traditions are upheld in the way people do things. The way they marry, the way they bury, and the way they do business. I am not sure that we will ever eradicate the corruption system in Africa. Each person knows that politicians all over enrich themselves and assist each other in covering up their pilfering. Certain African traditions will be upheld forever.
Read here about Farmers Day.. http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2014/October-27th/accra-brewery-donates-towards-2014-national-farmers-day.php
Watch here the talented Barbara van Rijn’s short film in Cashew nut farming in Ghana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL5PkeBjqPQ&list=UUUQNXwF5N6eJgi401Cf9FAg