Living as an Obruni in Ghana

Its only been 5 days but I’m learning so much here. I am determined to pick up some Fante – the language spoken in the Cape Coast area. From the first day we learned what we will be called here – Obruni (which means foreigner or white person). Everyday I hear Obronyi from all around me. Its really funny because Ghanaians are so friendly that they just want to get my attention to say hi. Little kids say it all the time. They even have a song they learn in school that goes –

Obruni. How are you? I’m fine. Thank you. And you?

They laugh anytime I respond in Fante. So this afternoon I will be working with my homestay brother (everyone your age you call your brother or sister) on my Fante.

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