Visitors Survival Guide!
Do not forget that the smile is also a form of greeting. Please make an effort to pick up some of our simple vernacular greeting forms and win our hearts over.
When you are shaking hands with a number of people, start from the extreme right and proceed towards the left.
of the Left Hand
If you are naturally left handed, it is not your fault, and it is no offence. But you can avoid public embarrassment of complications by keeping something (e.g. your guide book, camera, souvenir etc.) in the left hand.
Our old folks are also not very happy to see a woman or lady dressed in shorts or trousers (slacks). When sitting in the presence of eminent people or elders, please do not sit cross-legged. Visitors are held in very, very high esteem in our society and we expect that you exhibit an acceptable standard of dressing and decorum.
If you are wearing a hat or cap, please remove it when speaking with an elderly person. That shows your outward respect for our traditions.
On formal occasions, we do not speak directly to the king, or chief, for that matter communication at the royal court is a three-way affair through a spokesman (linguist) called "Okyeame" who replicates the conversation. The visitor faces the Okyeame and delivers his message to the chief. The chief gives his reply or response to the Okyeame who renders it to the visitor. It is that simple and interesting. This has been our practice from time immemorial.
Normally, visitors to our palaces have to make customary offerings
of friendship to their royal hosts. This consists entirely of drinks:
Aromatic Schnapps, Gin and or money, the amount and quantities depending
on the size or enthusiasm of the group.