White people live in Ghana

The population in Ghana

Population and ethnic groups

Ghana is a multi-ethnic state; many ethnic groups with different religious affiliations and mother tongues live peacefully with one another in the same country. This fact is disadvantageous for politics, there is tribalism, which means that many locals feel more of their tribe or ethnic group than of the country. On the other hand, it is precisely what defines Ghana's immense cultural diversity. The proportion of foreigners is also relatively high, with numerous refugees from poorer countries, such as Togo, settling here. The population is characterized by a high proportion of young people, around 40% of all residents are said to be under 16 years of age. The majority of the people live in large urban areas such as in and around Accra, Takoradi, Tamale or Kumasi.

The people and their way of life

When you spend a long time in Ghana, you quickly notice that it is very easy to make contact with people. As a white person, you are quickly recognized as a foreigner and attract attention. The rest goes by itself, you are often spoken to, greeted and often asked for your mobile phone number. What seems intrusive to strangers is just a friendly characteristic of the Ghanaians. They love to chat and make friends. Certainly all people are individually different, but most Ghanaians have some characteristics in common: warmth, helpfulness, hospitality, kindness ... They have a sense of humor, are proud of their country and culture, like to eat a lot, are open-minded and in need of harmony. Racism or discrimination is practically non-existent in Ghana. Obroni, which means “white man” or “white woman” in the local language, is often called after a white person in the street. White women are also called “Akosua”. Children especially can be very happy if you call back “Obibini” (“Black” or “African”). The children of Ghana are particularly lively, wild and open-minded. They always meet white foreigners with enthusiasm.


The official language in Ghana is English, the language of the British colonial rulers. Most residents have a good command of English, depending on their schooling. Of the indigenous languages, Twi is the most widely spoken as the main language of the Akan, the largest ethnic group in Ghana. It is understood by almost every Ghanaian. The English of the Ghanaians has a typical accent, which is unusual at first and can cause communication difficulties. Many young people also speak the ungrammatical “Pidgin English”.