By: Brittany McDaniel, news editor
On Tuesday, Sept. 28, Dr. Adjoa Richardson Ahedor, professor of life sciences, presented “Ghana, Gateway to Sub-Sahara Africa.”
The lecture covered topics such as tourism, trade, education and cultural diversity. Ahedor, a native of Ghana, spoke to the audience about the country’s warm personality and progress.
The country gained its independence from the British in 1957. Despite the quick introduction to democracy, Ghana has hit the ground running. It is second in the world as a manufacturer and exporter of cocoa, and is also a top producer in gold.
Ahedor spoke of the nation’s rich heritage and culture. “We love to party,” Ahedor said. She explained engagements, childbirth, and weddings are all reasons to throw a party full of dancing and laughter.
Also addressed was the state of the country’s education. Ahedor said the literacy rates are currently about 58 percent, a significant improvement from the country’s early literacy rates. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the literacy rate will continue to improve. With over 5.1 million students attending school, it is clear that the nation is dedicated to improving educational standards.
Tourism in Ghana is a booming industry. Guests to the country can catch tours of the rainforest, visit the sweeping grasslands, and even pet crocodiles. The natural beauty also extends to the coastline with popular beaches.
Ahedor was “very excited” to share information about her home country. “It’s an honor. Narrowing down to Ghana means a lot to me. I’m able to tell people Africa is not just one big place with one culture. We have a diverse culture,” Ahedor said.
The diverse nation has a unique culture all its own. The lecture showed a different side to Africa, shedding light on one of its nations. Ghana: a young country on its way to the top.