Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my home of six months at the student hostel and moved to a residential home in East Legon. Since that time, I’ve gotten to know the family and was also invited to a christening ceremony. Here’s a look at my move and a family celebration in Ghana.
After all the noise and chaos that comes with a student hostel (dorm), I knew I had to act quickly if I was going to find a new place to live before second semester. While making some calls about different places to live in East Legon, a colleague overheard my discussion and suggested she help me find a new place. She said she used to live in a house in East Legon for four years, but moved out once her landlord became married. After she took me to meet the husband, wife, and the dog, and to view the property, I got a good feeling about the place. In addition, I was able to find someone to fill my room at the hostel. Thankfulness filled me as I thought about the smooth transition.
|Moving out of the hostel. Hard to believe I’ve accumulated so much in six months, January 27, 2015|
The room in the residential home is better in s ways. There’s a generator that’s turned on every night when the city power doesn’t come on. The generator allows time for everyone in the house to charge electronics, enjoy television, and eat dinner in the light before bedtime. There are also not one, but two poly tanks. If that weren’t enough, tree’s even a washing machine. Apart from these essentials, one of the best parts of living in the home is the location. The neighborhood is so peaceful and quiet during the day and throughout the night. This especially means a lot now that I will be spending long, tiring evenings at the university.
|It’s a girl, January 30, 2015|
|The start of the christening ceremony, January 30, 2015|
|The infant, January 30, 2015|
|The infant giving what looks like a thumbs up, January 30, 2015|
|Time to eat, January 30, 2015|
|A new snack I tried at the ceremony–fried groundnuts. They were quite delicious. January 30, 2015|
My first event with the family included a christening ceremony for their six week old baby. The sun poured down on the green lawn as people came to support the family. Family and friends filled the house from eight in the morning till late in the evening. The ceremony was spoken in one of the local languages. Although I didn’t have a translator, I was able to follow along when the baby was bathed in water and the pastor, parents, and family members offered their blessings. At one point, each person stood up, said something in the local language, everyone clapped, and then the person sat back down. As my turn was drawing closer, I was trying to figure out what they were all saying. Based on their mannerisms, I decided they were introducing themselves. Sure enough, when my turn came, Ama (the wife), turned and asked me to introduce myself to the family. I did so and told them I was glad to be a part of the ceremony on my third day living in the house! Everyone laughed and clapped.
The hostel provided a place to live for a season, but I have outgrown campus living. The house in East Legon is in a wonderful location and is easily accessible to campus.
All said and done, I hope this room will serve me well for the remainder of my Rotary year.
|Family, friends, and tenants of the house, January 30, 2015|
The final song in the popular music portion of the music segment is “Chingam” (chewing gum) by Sarkodie. Based on the translation I received from a taxi driver, Sarkodie is saying that in order to survive, people must be strong, resilient, flexible, and not easy to break—like chewing gum. Chingam is therefore a metaphor for the strength it takes to thrive and be successful in the world. To take a listen, simply click on the link below:
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This ends this blog post. Next time, I’ll discuss giving my fourth rotary presentation to the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu!