Fascinating Facts About Ghana

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Ghana is a country located in West Africa, where it stretches along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. The area has had a long and chequered history and its people have had many struggles, but they have always bounced back, which is perhaps why Ghana actually means “Warrior King” in Soninke – one of the languages spoken there.

 

Ghana might not seem like the most fun or exciting place to visit, but you would be wrong More, and more people are descending on the area than ever before. Of course, many Westerners fly there to volunteer in Ghana, but many of its international visitors are there to explore the land and get to know its people.

 

If you are still unsure about taking a trip to the area, you may find the following fascinating facts about Ghana are enough to sway you:

 

Independence

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Ghana was the first sub-Saharan Country in Africa to win its independence when colonialism came to an end. The country was awarded its independence in March 1957.

 

A Peaceful Place

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A fact that often surprises people about Ghana is that it is such a friendly and relaxed place. In fact, so peaceful is Ghana that it was named as the most peaceful country in Africa by the Global Peace Index. So, for people who are perhaps worried about traveling to Africa, it is an excellent choice of destination.

 

Money Matters

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Ghana’s currency is called the cedi. It takes its name from a regional word which means ‘cowry shell’. This may seem a touch odd until you realize that the money in Ghana was at one time made from sea snails, and Brits are worried about having a little bit of tallow in their fivers!

 

The Biggest Man-Made Lake is in Ghana

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Situated in the country’s Volta Region, you will find Lake Volta, which has the accolade of being the biggest artificial lake in the world. Amazingly, the lake stretched 250 miles in length and covers a total area of 3282 square miles. That’s 3.8 percent of the whole country!

 

It has the Best Market Place

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Ghana is home to West Africa’s largest market, which is known as the Kejetia Market. The market, which is located in Kumasi, is the place to go if you want to bask in baking hot weather as you shop for locally made African crafts. At the market, you can also find fresh produce and good quality second-hand clothing, amongst other things. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to meet friendly Ghanaians and pick up a few souvenirs for your loved ones.

 

Ghana is Luxurious

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Most people don’t consider Ghana to be a particularly luxurious place, but there are actually some luxury travel options including the 5-star Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra for lovers of luxe travel to book into. Even better, is the fact that the country’s luxury hotels tend to be extremely affordable, so people on almost any budget can get a touch of opulence when visiting Ghana.

 

As you can see, there is much more to Ghana than meets the eye, and you are unlikely to regret making the decision to add it to your travel list.

 

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick*

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Ok, so it’s not exactly a secret that I love my skin to look a little dewy. I know it’s a personal choice, but I think that you never look healthier than when you have a little glow.

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Since I can be more than a little fussy about my highlighters, I do like to try as many as possible, and one of my newest finds is Maybelline’s Master Strobing Stick. It’s part of the Face Studio collection by the brand, which has a professional, behind-the-scenes feel, and the products feel runway ready.

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The Master Strobing Stick is available in two shades – Light, described as a ‘light iridescent’ which leaves skin with a beautiful pearl-pink sheen, and Medium, which is a stunning golden shade, perfect for enhancing a tan or deeper skin tones.

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Applying the Master Strobing Stick really couldn’t be easier. After applying my base makeup, I can just swipe the stick on my face’s high points: my cheekbones, down my nose, and on my brow bones. Then, I just blend with a Beauty Blender. Light gives skin a wonderful glow – it’s super natural looking, and it never veers into the sparkly territory either!

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Ishga Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub*

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Winter skin is one of those things that’s all too easy to ignore, but, when the weather finally takes a turn for the better, it feels like the most awful task to deal with. So, in the spirit of New Year Resolutions and all of that sort of thing, I’ve been making sure to keep my skin soft and exfoliated all winter long.

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One of my favourite exfoliators I’ve used has been Ishga’s Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub, a rough and gritty little number which leaves skin feeling brand new. I tend to use the scrub once or twice per week, and I love using it before shaving so my skin feels spa-soft. Like all of Ishga’s products, the salt in the scrub is sourced in Scotland, and it’s a gorgeous product which feels like a real treat to use!

Ishga Hebridean Salt is priced at £15 and is available here

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick – Coral Fizz*

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I’m not sure about you, but everything is feeling a little bit grey at the moment. The weather is so dullard cold, and after all the fun of Christmas and New Year, life just feels a little flat. So, when I got my hands on Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Coral Fizz, I couldn’t wait to try it out!

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Packaged in a very glamorous looking golden bullet, the Ceramide Ultra Lipstick promises moisturising colour which leaves lips with a flattering sheen. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve really played around with too much Elizabeth Arden makeup, and I’m not to sure why.

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Not only is the colour (coral fizz) an absolute joy (it’s a warm, rosy coral which adds some much-needed life into my winter complexion), but it is so easy to wear. Applied straight from the bullet, it feels more like a balm to wear than a colour-saturated lipstick. The texture is probably due to the  Tahitian Gardenia, Shea Butter and vitamins A, C, and E all included in the lipstick.

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Applied straight from the bullet, the lipstick gives a creamy wash of colour, and it stays in place for a good couple of hours without signs of fading. I can’t wait to start collecting more of the 20 available shades!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick is priced at £21 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

SK-II Eye Masks*

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of sheet masks. I try to use one at least once per week, and I love how they hydrate skin without feeling like they’re too much. Probably the first luxury brand who hopped on the sheet mask trend. SK-II are the brand I turn to when I’m in the mood for a little luxury, I always reach for SK-II.

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The SK-II Signs Eye Masks are just perfect if you’re travelling, or like to keep a couple of masks in your bedside drawers. Individually packaged, the masks are so easy to apply, and feel absolutely glorious if you have hot, itchy eyes. I like to use them when my eyes are feeling a little dried out, as the masks are specifically designed to fight fine lines and deal with dark circles. I tend to pop the masks on before I head to bed, and let the formula sink in overnight, although you can take them off after half an hour or so and still reap the benefits. The Signs Eye Masks are soaked in SK-II’s signature Pitera formula which keeps skin glowing.

SK-II Signs Eye Masks are £64 and are available here (UK) and here (US)