Real Feel: 46° – or: Psssst, don’t make any noise!!

Melanie

Author of this post:

CBS Project Manager Melanie

 

Navrongo is the hottest place in all of Ghana. That is an information the brain can easily process, but I think, to KNOW what this really FEELS like, you need to spend the months of March to May in Navrongo at least once in your life. They are the hottest of the year in the hottest place.

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Temperature: 35°. Real Feel: 46°. YES, today it was HOT.

When the rain set in around June, it truly was a relief! But guess what: the hot hot weather is back. It came so quietly it took me a while to realize it. Some of the days currently are a little chilled. Sometimes, I even wear a light pullover. For example Friday night last week, when I was out having a drink with Mark from the US and Lennart from Germany. Some days, our students complain they are feeling cold, even when wearing a pullover. But then, other days, it can be terribly hot. HOT. The first day I really really realized it was when I cycled to Kajilo by bicycle. It’s roughly 9km and took me a little less than an hour. As it’s often quite cloudy, I did not bother to apply any sun screen. Even though I was relatively brown already, after these two hours in the sun, I definitely was some few shades darker. The last few days too were extremely hot. Since Monday it didn’t rain again, and we are just melting in this hot weather here. Today, the thermometer says: temperature 35°, but real feel: 46°. And YES, I do confirm, it really really feels that hot.

This though currently, we are still in the rainy season. It will last until around November, when the harmattan will set in. Right now, all the crops are growing with some already ready to be harvested. Because all crops are growing, there is an official ban of loud music in and around Navrongo. Can you imagine this? At a place, where ALWAYS – EVERYWHERE – LOUD – music plays normally, now it is either quiet or a little music plays gently. It’s because the Gods need silence to give birth. The crops need silence to give birth. The humans need silence to pray for a good harvest. If you don’t respect this ban and still play your music loudly, you can be reported to the Chief and be made to pay a penance. The ban lasts from around mid-September to mid-October. In October/November, food will be there in abundance, as the crops will be ready for harvesting. That month is called “Whose child is not a child?” in the local language and means that to any house you go, you will be offered food, as it’s available abundantly.

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It’s the season of the millet. According to the tradition, millet only “gives birth” when there is enough silence.

 

Navrongo sounds different in the time of the ban. It’s unusual to experience this bustling little town so quiet. The many drinking spots that normally play loud music now don’t play any, or on a very low volume. The tailor in front of school who loves playing his music very loud and from time to time needs to rather be reminded that we are running a school here and our students need an environment in which they can concentrate, currently does not play any music or if, just so gently, that we don’t even hear it inside CBS. It’s indeed a special month. I’m already looking forward to the end of October, when the big harvest starts and the town awakes from the silence!! About my own little farm I will tell you more in a different post!

About the author:
Melanie is a social anthropologist and holds a MA in Development Studies with a focus on Local Development Strategies from the distinguished Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a qualified trainer of youth leaders in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation and has led youth projects in Switzerland, Ghana and Kenya.
Melanie is a Co-Founder of CBS Business School and the Co-President of Sono
Foundation Switzerland.

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