Here are photographs from my trip to Winneba for the Church of Christ Congress with my friend Portia and the new friends I made for four days in the central region as the only oburoni who has ever gone on the trip. Along the way, I have noted some very interesting inter-cultural experiences. At the bottom I have included pictures from dying Easter eggs with my host family.
Me posing with a statue on campus- Portia was very impressed with my ability to mimic his expression.
Once, when we were eating, I noticed that the yoke of my egg was blue/gray. Everyone laughed at my shock! Eggs very so much here, from yoke color to shell color to shape.
In Ghana, many things that are nice would be considered extremely tacky in the US. I think it is because tacky things are cheap and that is what Ghanaians often can afford. See the next two photographs for examples.
I had a fascinating debate with students there about gender norms on the congress bus. Without going into too much detail, it was about how guys always gave up their seats for girls so that they didn't have to stand. This is considered respectful as a gentleman. This happens because, in Africa, as many people who need to fit onto the bus can fit. Therefore, we always ended up with a crowd of standing males. The conversation started because I tried standing and all the girls were in an uproar that guys hadn't give their seat up for me. I explained that I thought it was demeaning for men to give up their seat for me to sit. I am perfectly capable of standing, just as capable as any man. One guy agreed with me but two girls didn't. This debate got louder and louder and included a random pedestrian and a stranger on a trotro. In the end, there was no agreement. That was the most interesting part.
When I got back from the central region I took out my Easter egg dying kit that my mom sent with my brother. It was also a funny experience as Ghanaians don't have many Easter traditions except on Good Friday they wear mourning clothes like they wear to funerals.