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TBT Diaries: Advertisements from the good old days.

In this week’s TBT Diaries, we embark on a captivating journey back in time to revisit the iconic TV advertisements that once graced the screens of Ghanaian households. These vintage Ghanaian advertisements, from a bygone era, hold a special place in the hearts of those who remember them, capturing the essence of a simpler time and showcasing the remarkable impact and influence they had on daily life in Ghana.


1. ABC Beer Classic Ad

The ABC Lager Beer commercial from the 80s and 90s epitomized the joy and camaraderie of beer drinkers. It was an era when sharing a drink with friends was a cherished ritual, and the infectious happiness in the ad resonated with viewers.


2. Royco Ad

The Royco ad humorously reminded us that a little extra spice can work wonders in life. Beyond its cheeky message, it underscored the role of food in bringing people together and emphasized the importance of adding flavor to daily meals.


3 “Join the flow of life…” (Interplast Commercial)

The Interplast commercial featuring kids aspiring to be drummers was more than just an ad for plastic products; it encouraged creativity, innovation, and the pursuit of dreams. It resonated with the youthful ambitions of the time, urging viewers to “join the flow of life.”


4. Star Larger Beer Ad.

The Star Beer commercial brought the exuberance of the 80s and 90s into our living rooms. It reminded us of the carefree spirit of the era, where beer was seen as a symbol of celebration and togetherness. The ad showcased the happiness beer brought into the lives of Ghanaians.


5. Key soap commercial – Me do fo pa!

Key Soap’s “Me do fo pa” campaign wasn’t just about cleanliness; it was a statement of pride. Raining compliments on a soap while the husband think it was directed to him. LOL. This multipurpose soap became an essential part of Ghanaian households, exemplifying the significance of hygiene and good health.


In this nostalgic journey through the vintage Ghanaian advertisements that once lit up our screens, we’ve revisited the bygone era of the 80s and 90s when TV ads held a special place in the hearts of Ghanaians. These commercials captured the essence of a simpler time, but they did much more than that. They reflected the cultural and social dynamics of the era and left an indelible mark on daily life in Ghana. Let’s take a closer look at each of these iconic commercials:

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