There are cultural practices which are considered normal in some cultures and rude in others. Ghana, considered one of the safest countries in Africa, is a multi-cultural country.
Missionaries are encouraged to be observant and respectful to the culture of Africa. When sitting in a meeting, it is not proper to cross your legs; ever. With regard to dress, it is unacceptable for women to wear clothes of a revealing nature nor is it acceptable for men to go shirtless.
It is not normal to see people of the opposite sex holding hands in public (or any public displays of affection), but very common to see two men holding hands or 2 women holding hands. Last Sunday in our priesthood meetings, many of the Elders would rest their entire arm on the arm of the Elder next to them. In our devotionals, the Sisters always sit in the front and many of them sit with arms interlocked with the Sister next to temple. Yesterday while walking in the corridor of the temple, I noticed men workers holding hands as they walked. However, homosexuality in Ghana is a topic never spoken of because people do not know how to react about it.
Ghanians are very welcoming people. "Akwaaba obroni" (welcome white person) is often heard by those visiting the country. For example, it is considered rude to greet someone with your hand in your pocket or wearing a baseball cap. When greeting people, no one is ignored. Guests are expected to acknowledge every person (starting with the eldest) at social occasion, including children and babies (shaking only with the right hand). First great the person on your right and work your way left insuring that your palm makes contact with their palm.Touching the back of the hand is considered unlucky or as an insult. The same ritual is following upon departure as well.