Caribbean Thoughts

by Carol Mitchell

Akwaaba

“You are welcome.”

Three words that I hear several times a day. It is a form of greeting that encompasses Ghanaian hospitality.

When I enter a store or visit a Ghanaian’s house, their first words are “You are welcome”.

If I walk into a room where people are eating, they invite me to join – “You are welcome”.

I have read repeatedly that “you visit West Africa for the people and East Africa for the animals”. I have only been to one West African country (Ghana) and nowhere in East Africa, however, I can definitely account for the hospitality of the Ghanaians.

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