Being natural and truly Ghanaian
(Adopted from a discussion in Buluk Kaniak, a Bulsa Facebook Group, 6th December,2015)
When growing up in the barracks I noticed a trend. All the unmarried soldiers, anytime they went on their annual leave to the village (Buluk), returned with a beautiful local village girl as a wife. This also applied to other soldiers who were not Builsas. I was always wondering why. This is because there are equally beautiful Builsa girls and other tribes in Accra who could be great spouses, but why do they come as second choice? This has baffled me the rest of my life but now I have found the answer.
Folks, in all this modernity Builsa men and for that matter also Ghanaians still want their lady in her natural elements. No make up. No permed hair. Just natural. I believe that is where you can differentiate between the fake beauty and the authentic natural black beauty. And this is the answer.
On my recent visit home I noticed ladies going back to their roots. All I saw on the streets were ladies dressed up in their beautiful Ghanaian attire. As for the hair-do it was all African. The corn roll is back. Fridays are days I am always looking forward to when office workers also add glamour to the day with their beautiful Ghanaian dresses. Apart from some few ladies who are still hooked up by this Brazilian hair disease most ladies I see are in exquisite corn rolls. The projection of the beauty in these girls is tantalizing and eye watering. Standing there in my mesmerized state with natural beauties all around me, there it dawned on me why the soldiers preferred the village girl.
God has blessed the Builsa girl and for that matter a Ghanaian lady with beauty ankasa so why mess with it. Folks, my verdict is that the city girl has now learned the ropes but unfortunately the hard way. So the bachelors around us don't look far as the soldiers did, we are surrounded by natural beauty now [more] than ever before. Go grab one. What is your take. Would be glad to know.
Janet Adama Mohammed
Thanks Fidelis! You noticed right and yet it is sometimes good to show how versatile African - Ghanaian women are! We have been socialised to fit into all situations and so is our management approach. Women from Buluk need to continue to share these values and skills with our young ones so that they can continue to build happy homes. We nurture our sons with love and openness and that is why today we have strong and brave ones like you all!
Can we look at what puts a smile on the faces of these young girls, too! The love of parents and family! ... Our love as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, uncles and aunties can help shape the beauty, skills, orientations and aspirations of our girls! So, I put the responsibility back to us all!
Janet Adama Mohammed, I agree with you 100%. I would also like to add that it is also important for us Ghanaians to learn to appreciate what is made in Ghana than our enhanced appetite for any garbage foreign. I personally applaud the lead taken by our former leaders, Rawlings and Kuffour and the current president to be seen in public with our local garments.
I personally also think our fashion designers have upgraded their craft and skills to international standards than the crap we had before. Nallem Clothings Greg Kankoh is who readily comes to mind. We are getting there slowly. Honestly I want my lady to look more natural than the painted dolls we see around. Away with the kakamotobi.
ankasa (Twi): (here:) abundantly, uniquely
kakamotobi: fancy dressing, masquerade; custom in South Ghana from Christmas time up till New Year