The Importance Of Culture In Ghana

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Ghana is a beautiful country with over 100 ethnic groups. As with many ex-colonies in Africa, the official language of Ghana is the colonial language, English. Their is also different languages or dialects that are spoken throughout Ghana that are learned amongst the tribes. Population in Ghana was estimated to be about 23 million and according to the 2000 census the Ethnic Make-up is the Akan people 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 9.2%. The people of Ghana are a tight knit group and having a sense of family is very important. The elder in the village are respected and with respect comes responsibility and people expect the most senior person to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group. To the people of Ghana family is a primary source of identity, loyalty, responsibility, dignity, and honor. Family obligations take priority over everything else in life. Individuals achieve recognition and social standing through their extended family and maintain a good reputation. The culture in Ghana is very much a hierarchical society. The power distance study which determines how a society views inequalities amongst us. Whether they accept an authority figure in their society or whether they believe in everyone being individuals. Power distance could be defined as the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally. Ghana scored 80 in this category and it is accepted in that culture that everybody has a place and obliges with what they are told. Another aspect in the Hofstede study was whether the people of Ghana viewed themselves as an “... ... middle of paper ... from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the UK Government's Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs) could mean that you get money from your energy supplier. You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid.” The way this United Kingdom company has differentiated itself from the competition has been the use of PV which is photovoltaic technology. This converts sunlight immediately into electricity and that is what is being built and utilized in the Solar energy plant being built. The abundance of sunlight in the Sub-Saharan region makes this a perfect environment for Solar energy. Ghana is presently well equipped politically and economically to become leaders in this area and become an example to other developing countries on how to become a modern society.
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