It is natural for people to adapt to and pick traits from the society in which they are born. From birth through infancy till we reach adulthood, family and friends influence our lives in so many ways.
Customs and traditions also play the role of shaping us to fit into the expectations of society. According to history, the Gas were the first to settle in Accra, after migrating from Ile Ife in Nigeria.
YEN.com.gh has gathered some interesting facts about them, and presents them for your reading pleasure.
1. They assume everyone in Accra should know the Ga language.
In the typical rural and suburban settings, people from Accra usually communicate in the Ga language, and as such unconsciously expect everyone else to express fluency in the language.
This perception extends to other parts of Accra, where Gas could be found. A basic knowledge of the language is expected.
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2. They don't joke with the Ga kenkey, red pepper and fish
Tribes and communities are usually associated with a meal. Ga kenkey is seen as the staple food of the people of Accra. It is often eaten with pepper and fried fish.
3. 'Homowo' is a big deal for them
The Gas celebrate Homowo in the month of August every year. The name of the festival means 'Shame to hunger'.
The traditional meal for the festival, called Kpekple or Kpokpoi is made of steamed and fermented corn meal, palm nut soup and smoked fish. It is also sprinkled by the chiefs to the gods.
4. Some of them scream when they don’t have to
A popular perception about the Gas is they scream at people even in discussions in which they could be herd clearly if they didn’t scream.
According to history, this is due to the fact that they had to yell in order to be heard at sea, as the roaring waves usually interfered with communication.
5. Almost every Ga is either a "Nii" or a "Naa"
Traces of one's root to royalty plays a key role in Ga communities, especially with respect to names given to children. In that regard, there are rules to follow when naming a Ga child
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