10 Differences between Life in Ghana Compared to Life in Nigeria
Someone once said that, Ghana and Nigeria are considered as two sides of the same coin, because the countries normally have many similarities perhaps, the lingua Franca of the two countries is English. In this article however, l will make some attempt to examine the outstanding differences that exist between the two countries.
What Are The Differences Between Ghana And Nigeria?
The different between life in Ghana compared to Nigeria is discussed below:
-Secured Entrance System ln Bank Halls:
It is a policy put together by relevant regulatory organisation for Nigeria banks to operate a secured entrance system, which of course, has discouraged quick, and easy access and movement into and out of bank halls. The reason is to curb bandit attacks in the country’s banks. But in Ghana, the entrance into and out of bank halls are said to be porous. Take for example, UBA in Nigeris operates a secured entrance policy, while in Ghana, it is casual. In Nigeria there is this reactive approach to security, while in Ghana, this proactive measure is yet to be implemented.
-Roasted Corn, And Accompaniment Of Eating It:
How roasted corn is prepared in Nigeria is quite different how it is prepared in Ghana. For instance, in Ghana, once a corn is roasted, the next step will be to dip the corn into salty water, before giving out to customers to chew, with accompaniment, which is usually coconut. But in Nigeria, it is not done that way, especially in the eastern part of the country. Nigerians do not dip corn into salty water after roasting, and the accompaniment is pear, coconut is just a secondary option.
The Use Of Keke Napep For Transportation:
Keke is being used by both countries for transportation, but how they are being used is the different. In Nigeria Keke Napep is used to convey people from one place to the other, mainly for covering people, but in Ghana, keke is used to transport goods. That is the different! Because of the insignificant quantity of keke, it is not noticeable in Ghana, but in Nigeria, the legion of keke is terrifying, with rough driving especially, where they are being allowed to operate, as a good number of them were once Okada riders, and have transferred that same attitude to keke.
-Operating Land Lines:
There is problem when it comes to Nigeria’s land lines. Most structures of land lines in Nigeria are still in place, but they are all dead. In Ghana for example, they still operate land line services. Before it was sold to Vodafone, the business was properly managed, and one thing is obvious here, the economic benefits of land line cannot be overestimated. It is unfortunate that in Nigeria, there is mismanagement in this sector. Internet availability via this area of business is one of the fastest and cheapest businesses in Ghana.
-Registration Of New Sim Card:
In Ghana, the only requirement to register your new SIM card is to present a government ID card, sometimes street vendors are being employed to register new customers. Also as a requirement, to open a google account, you must have a valid mobile number. While in Nigeria, it is a serious businrss to register your SIM card. In fact, someone once described registration of SIM card in Nigeria as going through a biometric process.
Waiting Time To Use Your New Sim Card:
After being subjected to such as intensive registration of new sim card process in Nigeria, and may be you want call or perhaps, use the Internet, you will rather be asked for some before you start using your SIM card. So in Nigeria, there is purchasing time, and there is registration time, and there is also a waiting moment. In Ghana, once you register you sim, you will start making calls, using internet immediately eitjout delay or waiting monent.
-The System Of Road Blocking:
In Ghana, where there is road block, you will find policemen there maintaining law and order, as well as, providing security to people. They called it barrier, and you will be notified via road sign, maybe with inscription, ‘barrier ahead of you’. You will identified road block, when you see police officers, and red plastics or metals with a reflective police jacket maybe hanging on it. In Nigeria, where there is road block, what you see is policemen and leaves and fire in small pots and heaps of sand bags, etc.
-Fuel Used In Frying Akara or Kose:
Nigeria is one country that supplied gas to Ghana through the West African gas pipe line project for instance, and Ghana is using same to generate electricity, they used the same gas to fry Akara or Kose, and cook their food. While in Nigeria, they depend on firewood and kerosene for cooking and frying, as the cost of cooking gas is on the high side.
Mode Of Admission Into Colleges:
Are you looking for admission into Nigerian universities? Then be ready with your WASSCE, or NECO, and JAMB, and University aptitude test, which is set by individual colleges. Please note, your grades may not be a determinant factor to your admission, you aldo need some connection. In Nigeria, it is who you know, not necessaily what you scored. While in Ghana, the process is quite simple! Your valid WASSCE results is enough for you to be admitted.
-The Use Of Sirens:
In Ghana, you can only hear the sound of sirens, when fire service vehicle is in its way to save and rescue some situations, in event of fire incident or fire outbreak or sometimes, a collapse structure and/or any kind of emergency that need her services. While in Nigeria, politicians, who have made some money are those blowing sirens
Ghana and Nigeria are considered as countries that have both similarities and differences nevertheless, my focus in this article, was to concentrate on the differences, and in the article however, l have been able to examine the outstanding differences that exist between the two countries.