Sunday, June 07, 2015

Some #QotD from "I Speak of Ghana" by @NDamoah

My thoughts go out to the people of Ghana who have been affected by the recent floods and terrible petrol station explosion.

I Speak of Ghana by Nana Awere Damoah

This collection of reportage, poems, stories, and reflections makes for interesting reading for an American visiting Ghana. This was the first book I read by the witty and entertaining Mr. Damoah.

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Benjamin Burombo, a Zimbabwean nationalist, said: ‘Each time I want to fight for African rights, I use only one hand – because the other hand is busy trying to keep away Africans who are fighting me.’

Monkey dey work, baboon dey chop!

Bob Palitz calls it the Ghana Metric Time, arguing that for the Ghanaman, 100 minutes make one hour and a minute consists of 100 seconds.

“Massa, this your habit is not fresh koraa, you got to change.”

According to the United Nations, more than 2.6 billion people live without access to proper sanitation facilities. In 2001, the World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared 19th November World Toilet Day (WTD). It is now celebrated in over 19 countries with over 51 events being hosted by various water and sanitation advocates in 2010.   The purpose of the WTD is “to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.”
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Why sweat my youthful years away building someone’s village and not mine? Why put my shoulders to a wheel that turns another economy whilst the one that has my umbilical cord tied to it travels south? And in returning to Ghana, I was returning to Africa, to the continent that needs the resources to grow.

It has been said many times that what happens in a trotro is usually a microcosm of the larger society. I find that nowhere is the Ghanaian gullibility exhibited as well as in a trotro. None of those passengers who tried that ointment paused to wonder what exactly it was the herbalist had used for his concoction. I have seen people on public transport chew barks and drink concoctions that one herbalist or the other shares freely. We are that openly trusting.

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Booklong: could stand for someone who thinks he knows it all, too known, too full of himself to listen to other views or simply some anti-so (“anti-social”, someone with bad social manners) guy who would rather read his books than fraternize.

Logoligi: used in describing a winding situation. Not being straight to the point. Could also be used to describe the act of tickling someone, especially with the index finger.
We will crush moro: We shall meet tomorrow What you did is not fresh koraa: What you did wasn’t fair at all.

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