France Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Anne Sophie Avé has showered praises on the Ghanaian people for their tolerance and hospitality.
Speaking to Prince Minkah on XYZ Tonight, Madam Avé recounted her nice experience with the citizens and stressed that most people who come to Ghana from France corroborate her views.
She said unlike other African countries, Ghanaians don’t look down on her as a foreigner but rather welcome her everywhere she finds herself while she recalled a bad experience at the Makola market in Accra.
“Indeed I was wearing my heels,” she recounted how she tripped and landed on the floor “ridiculously”
at the market.
Madam Avé said people did not look at her and laugh, but rather the traders gathered around her to sympathize with her.
“They were saying ‘I’m sorry. Can I help you? Can I help you? They were very concerned… And someone rushed to get me a glass of water, and I was like wow! This is incredible,” she recalled.
Asked what he thinks of Ghana, the Diplomat said “you have the nicest, warmest, erm best-hearted people I’ve ever met.”
“And the people are so good. All are greeting you… they’re really nice. They’re like ‘hello! Nice meeting you ‘ete sen?’ (how are you?)… they’re really nice.”
She added, “The best thing about Ghana, and you’ve got lots of wonderful things, is the people. You have incredible people.”
To her, Ghanaians are nice to strangers, adding “People have mixed, and it has made them tolerant and understanding for what is different and different is not a problem in Ghana.”
” It’s a feeling that you’ll never have anywhere in the world,” she added.
Madam Avé also disclosed her love for Ghanaians culture, the more reason she went to the Makola market in Accra to where she had a minor accident.
Recently, the Chiefs and people of Hani in the Tain District of the Bono Region installed the French Ambassador to Ghana, as the Nkosuohemaa (Development Queen) of the town, under a stool name “Nana Benneh III”.
Nana Akua Takyiwaa, the Queen-Mother of Hani, indicated the recognition was to appreciate the Ambassador’s immense contributions towards the development of the town, particularly, promoting the indigenous culture of the local people.
In her interview with Prince Minkah, Madam Avé reiterated the commitment of the Government of France to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two countries.
She said the French government has awarded scholarships to many Ghanaians students and has also initiated several programmes to promote the learning of French in the country which is geared toward raising bilingual Ghanaians to be able to compete in the international market.
“French learning has to be fun. We are funding the training of teachers…We re making sure that we have teachers who are good [to make French learning fun for Ghanaian students],” she said while throwing more light on the programme.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana