In a country where so much value is placed on marriage and the need to have a life partner, it must be hard to stay single on purpose.
Not only would the system be pushing against your desire to be alone, but many people will also scoff and look down upon you if you have attained a certain age without having a significant "better-half".
If you can bear the nagging of parents who'd want grandchildren and side-eyes from people who think being single in Ghana is all about a need for freedom to sleep around, this post will help you in sticking to your decision.
YEN presents how to stay single in Ghana and enjoy it.
1. Ignore the naysayers.
In Ghana, you're bound to come across people who will make it seem as though there was something wrong with you, just ignore them. They'd wonder why you're single as if the ultimate goal in life is to pair up with another human being and cling to that ideal as if your life depends on it.
2. Focus on building real friends
The decision to remain single doesn't mean you have to stay lonely, get out there, make friends, have fun. Just make sure that you're making the right friends
3. Enjoy your "freedom."
The first thing that comes to people's mind is freedom to have sex with anyone, but being single is about more freedom to do anything you wish to - travel, change locations, party, pray, volunteers, etc. Just find something you love to do and do it.
4. Remember the health benefits of being single
Being single is associated with a decreased risk of adverse health effects from dysfunctional marriages or intimate relationships.
5. Save more
The financial benefits of staying single in Ghana are almost boundless. When you are in a relationship, you may have to deal with a spouse who is irresponsible with his or her money.
6. Have sex when you want to, not when you need to
When you are in a relationship, you may have sex every day or at least a few times a week. When you are single, your sex life may be much less active than that.
7. Treat yourself
It is important to maintain a positive self-image while you are single. Buy yourself a new outfit, get your nails done, treat yourself to a spa day, or get a massage.
8. Always remember it is a choice to stay single
The best way to enjoy being single is by…being single. Don’t go looking for love just yet. It will come along, and when it does, you’ll be ready for it.
You can also read about the 7 reasons why most Ghanaian guys choose not to marry.