TRIVIAL THINGS GHANAIANS REALLY THINKS AND CONSIDER AS SUCCESS

Success by dictionary definition means “accomplishment of an aim or purpose”.

In the real world, successful people are people who achieve a lot, beyond imagination. These people tend to defy all odds and acquire a lot of wealth by creating something the world wants or needs.

But in Ghana, our definition of success is different, we tend to pay attention to petty things and term them as successful. Here are some of those trivial things Ghanaians consider as success.


Traveling

Traveling anywhere outside the borders of Ghana is considered success regardless of the journey’s purpose. One is considered overly successful when they travel more than once in a year.

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Winning awards

Awards are meant to reward hard working folks, but not in Ghana, people actually buy awards and pretend they genuinely won it, this makes lots of hard working folks in the country go unrewarded.

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Getting press

Just like the awards, many people will pay journalists, blogs and the media to write juicy stuff about them and purport it be a genuine publication. The includes getting interviewed on radio or TV.

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International press

… talking about press, it’s even worse when any media house outside the country writes about a local, this will circulate all over, meanwhile these people are never even known in their own country, sometimes never even heard of.

BuzzGhana.com

 

Driving “big” cars

Owning a car in Ghana is a big deal, people who can afford more than one are considered successful even when they are living “high life on low funds”. It’s so much of a big deal that not owning the car and even sitting in one, usually expensive ones, mean success.

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Social media following

Getting following, likes, verification or anything concerning numbers on social media is considered success, sometimes this becomes news and people with huge following on social media become celebrities without any special skill or talent.

RayStyles/PenciledCelebrities/Instagram

RayStyles/PenciledCelebrities/Instagram

 

Working at a prestigious firm that doesn’t pay

Ghanaians will work at the most prestigious firms and claim all the glory even if the salary is meagre. The mere fact that people see you in suit and tie 24/7 is deemed success.

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Being at a fancy place

Being it a hotel, mansion, restaurant, the latest mall, fancy shop etc. so long as it’s overly expensive and you get to be there, you are successful, according to Ghanaians.

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Having foreign friends

We do not even understand why this is even considered success but hey, welcome to Ghana.

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Overspending at any gathering

Buying expensive drinks at the bar/club or food at the restaurant is considered success.

Accra.io

Accra.io

 

Having rich or famous friends

.. whatever happened to getting your own money or your own shine.

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Dating rich and/or famous people

.. some girls/women take pride in dating rich and famous men, these women are considered highly successful women in our society.

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Getting married

We all know marriage is a beautiful thing but Ghanaians make it seem like marriage is an achievement or a higher feat.

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Buying the latest stuff

Being it gadgets, fashion accessories, you name it … you will be compared to Bill Gates.

ABlogToWatch

 

Getting corporate recognition or gigs

Creatives in Ghana mistake corporate recognition that doesn’t pay as success. They do not mind going over the top to do their best work for corporate entities just for a lousy shout out.EarHustle411

 

By: Paa Kwasi Boakye

Do you know of any petty thing Ghanaians consider as successful? Put them in our comment box, we will add them to the list.

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