AGO!...... AME! This is a calling used to get people attention. Ago is the greeting and Ame is the response. I’ve actually only heard it in the Markets here, however on my last trip to Ghana we used it ritually with out tour guide. For my teacher friends this might be a fun way to regain the attention of your class!
Well the term is coming to an end at City of Refuge Ministries (CORM). Next week is finals weeks so the students have been busy preparing and prepping for their exams. As a result of their reviewing I was not able to take all my groups last week and this week. Well I guess I wasn’t able to take my groups this week because I have been home sick the last few days. I feel horrible not being at school and spending time with the kids before schools out. Luckily I have about 3 or so more weeks here so even once the term ends I’ll be able to visit the kids at compound! Last week on Tuesday I spent the night at CORM. I’m sure most of you saw on Facebook I now am a true Ghanaian and have Long braids!!!! I absolutely LOVE them! A staff member from CORM who is enrolled in a trade school focusing on hair was able to do my hair! She has done many others hair so I was really confident that she would do an awesome job. AND SHE DID! She said they could stay in for about 2 months if I want them to. I’m not going to lie I’m very tempted to keep them in for graduation but I’m not totally sure yet! I know I’ll keep them in for a while because I defiantly want to come back to the States with a BANG! It did take awhile to do my whole head. We started on Tuesday, then worked on it on and off on Wednesday then completely finished on Thursday! I know that seems like forever and believe me I was pretty anxious, but it was totally worth it! The total process took 6 hours. My process took a long time because I had very limited time that she could work on my hair. They have been in for a week now and I am so happy I got them done! Like I said things have been a little slow this week because I have been sick so I don’t have too much to report on in regards to my internships.
Well last Friday after my class with my supervisor I had a mini reality check. I’m going back to the States in less then a month and I have A LOT of work to do in terms of my schooling in the States. I have to complete my “thesis” by the 17th of April and I have 2 videos to work on and another class to finish up. So needless to say I needed to get creaking on my homework. So my plan WAS to stay home on Saturday. My host family planned to go to a funeral in Elima, a Aunt passed away within the family. Although it was directly related to the family, they still were expected to go and “show face”. Now for those of you who don’t recall from my last post, Elima is about 3 or so hours away, so it’s a drive. Well like I said my plan was to stay home and work on homework however, my family had different plans for me. They said I had to go because I was family and I must show face with them…. Plus homework is boring! So obviously I had to go which I was NOT opposed to at all! We traveled 3 hours there, I mostly slept but when I was awake the view was Gorgeous! The color of all the bushes and trees were such an eye-catching deep green. Once we arrived to the village where the Aunty had lived, we met the family members and close friends. The chief of the village was also present. I could spot which person was the Chief because he wore a traditional black fabric that wrapped around his body. He also had many gold chains hanging from his neck. As we took our seats a mod of small children surrounded me. Mark and Rebecca both laughed and said “ Oh no Marya is in trouble”. I’m assuming by everyone’s reactions to my presents they were not expecting an Obruni at the festivities. The children got cleared away by one of the Elders who then proceeded with the greeting. I’m not sure in all funerals but at this one we shook the hands of the immediate family about 5 times. First we were greeted as we sat down, they were all in a line (about 10 people) and shook each of our hands. We then presented our donation to the family in respect for their loss. They again made their rounds shaking our hands. After that round of shaking hands we went to a different part of the community that was the “resort” that’s were the food and beverages were offered. We sat right on the beach as we ate our DELICIOUS Fufu and enjoyed a Malt. We stayed at the tables for about an hour or so. I strolled the beach one last time before we rejoined the festivities. Once we arrived back to the main area, we AGAIN we’re greeted. We stayed for 15 minutes or so to show face, and then we decided to leave which as you probably guess we were greeted again! We stayed for a total of 2 hours and drove a total of 8 hours. I was so tired but astonished by the respect and dedication people have for funerals in Ghana. It truly was an amazing experience. Well that’s all my traveling I have done lately. I’m hoping to do a little more before I go back to the States!
It’s really hard to believe I’m leaving in less than a month. I try not to think about it but it’s always on my mind. It’s just going to be a big change from what I’ve come to know in the past 3 months. I have almost everything squared away for graduation, just a few minor details to finish up but nothing to fret over. I am excited to see my family and friends and enjoy my last month as a undergrad student at the school I love and call home.. Carthage J Also a BIG thanks to all of those who sent their love and good Vibs my way this week! I’m feeling much better so I’m sure I’ll be back to my full self tomorrow.
That’s all for now! As always thank you for your love and support through my amazing journey!
By the way this is a picture of me in my Sweet braids!!!