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Ghana – Statistics and General Information

Hello all,

I hope you’re well and taking care of yourselves and your families.

Several of you have been asking how Chief is coping during COVID-19. We decided in the interest of the people, he should stay in Ghana to assist and be of service in the village and the community during these unprecedented times.

Before I address what’s happening in our village, I thought it would be helpful to first share some basic information on Ghana and my understanding of how chiefs and the democratic government rule and co-exist in a rich and complex country.

The first video below is some general information on Ghana. I’ll post the second video in the next couple of days.

Thank you all for your kindness and support.

 

Take care and be well.

Napag Stacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanton Village

The Village of Nanton

For the next few posts on this website, I’ll be sharing my time in Ghana with my partner, Chief Suale.

 

Traveling to Nanton.

Billows of red, dust trail behind our car as it barrels down the dirt road. We’ve been traveling for over an hour into the bush to visit with family and the elders of the Nanton village.

Family is all-encompassing in Ghana and good friends are often called uncles, aunties or grandfathers, and grandmothers.

 

The Family

There is an inclusivity in Tamale that is incredibly comforting and welcoming.

When you’ve been away in America for some time, (some family members consider a couple of months a very long time) it’s necessary to see all your family and when I say all, that means many people; consisting of immediate, extended family, friends and friends of friends. Even people that may not know you, greet you as family.

Welcome sister!

or

My wife, welcome!

 

Visiting one of our grandfathers.

Yes, that’s right. There are men other than my husband that call me their wife. Of course I’m not their spouse, it’s an expression; a term of affection. Women also say to me:

How is my husband doing?

or

Give my greetings to my husband.

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Adventures in Ghana

Hello and welcome! I’ll be sharing some travel posts here for the next couple of weeks. Some of you may know (and for those of you who don’t) my husband, Chief Suale is a Chief of the Dagomba tribe in northern Ghana. Because of our responsibilities, his duties and family being in Tamale, we travel to Ghana throughout the year. These adventures are from our recent trip.

Arrival into Accra, Ghana West Africa

Ghana – West Africa, here I come!

Arriving in Accra at 8:00pm has moments of glee and patience. Excitement because I’m about to see my husband, whom I haven’t seen in nearly two months and patience because of the time required to get through Ghana customs and retrieve luggage.

First I must explain, two months is actually a very short time for my husband and I to be apart. While that may seem long to most, it’s merely a blip on the radar in our timeline

Freedom from the Internet 

Before the approval of his visa, Chief Suale and I would go several months without seeing each other due to him being in Ghana and me in the US. Sure, we had Skype videos, telephone calls and texts, but you also must understand that in Ghana, the internet isn’t always accessible and in some places it’s spotty at best.

The Internet – a go go but maybe a little slow slow or even a no show (at times) in Ghana.

We tend to take the internet for granted in the USA without a second thought. Once you open your phone or computer, boom! Congratulations! You’re on the internet! However, in Ghana you can be without internet access for several hours and sometimes even days. Brown/black outs are frequent here and having a wifi router in your own home doesn’t guarantee internet coverage especially with the heavy, monsoon rains that come during the rainy season. 

One can view this as a gift or a curse. What I decided when I first came to Ghana is this: being in this country and the ability to travel is a unique and incredible offering that I believe is a blessing. I view the unpredictability of the internet as a welcome repose: to step away from my devices and enjoy the freedom of being off the grid.

 

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