Ghanaians are loving and receptive people. They treat all kinds of persons with kindness and the respect they deserve. It’s difficult to point out who a Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian is because the indigenous of this great country are not discriminating.
It is not by chance that Ghana is considered one of the most peaceful countries in Africa and the world at large. But there is more room for improvements. By all this virtue of Ghanaians, there are however certain behaviours about Ghanaians that ought to be annihilated.
1. Ghanaians are way too Hospitable.
Hospitality in itself is a good thing, but when we overdo it, it loses its significance. Ghanaians sometimes treat foreigners with so much care and love in the expense of their fellow Ghanaian, countrymen/women. Though being receptive is good, but it shouldn’t be to the disadvantage of your own people. We must learn to treat all people with the respect they deserve without considering what we stand to gain.
Sycophancy is a lifestyle that is killing the generation of this country. In our homes, churches, schools, workplace and social media, fawning is demonstrated in all facets of our lives. Ghanaians see everything done by their favourite politicians, pastor, musician and celebrity as perfect. How can a nation develop with bootlickers who seek personal interest and not the majority?
3. Believing every report on radio and TV.
Until Ghanaians understand that not every information put out by television and radio are not always accurate. Most politicians have established radio and television stations to promote their political interest. I’ve had most people defend issues that aren’t true and when asked the source, they’ll reply “I heard it on the radio”.
4. Superfluous political talk shows on radio and television.
The political talk show takes up 60 percent of our radio and TV airtime. From 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening, you would find people discussing politics on TV and radio. Politics is one piece of human life, but it adds no value to our individual lives. Citizens of more advanced countries get involved with politics during the political season. Here in Ghana, even after elections, party faithful preparations for the next election. When we are supposed to come together to build the country together, we let politics shred us apart.
5. Social media clout.
Gone are the days where information took days and weeks to reach targeted destinations. I remember growing up as a little boy, it took 3 days for the family to receive the news that my grandfather has passed on. Things have changed and information travels faster than before. This has become possible due to social media and the internet. The current generation assumes they can be famous by exposing themselves, their body or perhaps, doing something bizarre on social media. The youth will do anything to gain special advantage or influence without factoring in the consequences. The quest for social media clout has destroyed the lives of many young Ghanaians who had prospects.
6. Overspending on funeral celebrations.
It seems reasonable to me if a billionaire wants to honour his/her relative after their demise. Deeming how they took care of you while alive and how important they are to you. It’s only fair that they’re given a befitting farewell. It really comes to be an issue where people borrow money from the bank to organize the funeral. People that found it difficult to secure a three square meal a day while alive gets berried in golden ornaments. This is something I can’t comprehend.