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Hi. I'm learning Twi by listening to songs while reading the lyrics on here, but does anyone know how i could get the English translations? Or has anybody written any themselves?
Me da mo ase paa.


Confrontation is good if
1. It makes us rethink through our presumptions
2. It encourages, rather than incriminates
3. Does not change the topic to mudslinging, belittling, and name-calling.

We'd like to have an atmosphere here on these forums where ideas are encouraged, and improved upon, by the mere force of their merit and nothing else. This means that when I say/do something totally inappropriate the correct response the community gives is to encourage me to improve my position rather than point out how terrible a person I am.


in a word, no. For those who need to appreciate, read the following:


According to the quoted news article (""), a science cafe tour was recently organised to promote science to the general public.

Did anyone know of this? Was it beneficial to those who did attend.

I had a quick look at the council for scientific and industrial research. Is this organisation really as in-effective as their web site suggests? I'd be interested to know.

Thinking in English : Standing on the shoulders of ... well ... ok, ... Ama

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sat, 02/10/2007 - 12:53

One of the things that I am teaching myself these days is to drop my too-known, I-will-start-afresh attitude to progress. I realize this attitude does not bring real progress because it discards the lessons of those who have gone before too easily. And the more I try to unlearn this bad habit, the more I realize it is so very prevalent around me. Every second person I meet has a bright idea, which is good. But ask them, "hey, I heard Ama is doing the same thing, or tried to do something similar" and the response is "oh, I don't even know who Ama is, but not that it matters".


The Kristo Asafo Mission, led by Apostle Kwadwo Safo, has outdoored this car that they made. According to JoyOnline's video report, the engine is built by the Mission. Apparently there was a documentary on the car-building process on TV3 but I haven't seen it.

Picture courtesy of JoyOnline Video (


Bill Gates and his team have done it again. The WINDOWS VISTA operating system is here:
The word on the street is that its 3D funtionality is phenomenal and unlike its predecessors it allows you to retrieve lost work. Well, we will see about that. I intend to play it cool till it takes off in a big way, so i can be in on all the troubleshoots before i load it on my PC.


Wo ho rse den?

Almost all of Japanese still have a misapprehension.
We shall be able to have a mutual feeling of respect.
I should work out my own destinyï¼›
act as an intermediary between the two countries.
and plz tell me some advice.


This topic is inspired by BBC Africa's recent question.

The African Union is apparently meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the 'crisis' in African science and technology, concerning the brain drain.

Here are a few questions to encourage the discussion.


For your enjoyment -

Marie Claire's journey to Africa has its roots in her daughter Jennifer Pierre's decision to study and work in the continent, first in Senegal and then in Ghana.

As her consultancy work grew, Jennifer, 28, decided to move her son Tamsir and her mother there in late 2004 while she completed her studies at Harvard.

"I always knew I was going to move to Africa, it was just a matter of when," says Jennifer, who was born in America and spent most of her childhood in Miami.



Thinfox, thanks for bringing this up in your post. If you work or have a business in country A, you should pay your income tax and corporate tax to country A. What does Ghana gain from this tax agreement with Germany? For a country that depends so much on foreign aid we should not be making such agreements without having national dialogues and doing extensive research. I wonder if this was debated by the MPs in Parliament. Anyway, who makes tax policies? Executive or Legislative branch of gov't?


By the way, who is writing [I mean reading] these long articles on the forum?


Thinking in English: Pidgin "English"?

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 23:03

So this weekend I undertook a little thought experiment given my fascination with language. The question to be resolved? Is Pidgin English a type of English? (I was trying to decide which language group it belonged to in the kasahorow Dictionaries).

Short answer: no. Pidgin "English" in the south of Ghana is actually a type of Akan/Ga language.

Medium length answer: The following test sentences got me started.
English:          I am coming.
Akan:             Me re ba. (Mereba)


It used to be the odd petty thief who scales your wall to steal something when there was no one at home or the pick pocket or bag snatcher in a crowded place.
These days however, walls and gates and dogs or the frightful watchman are not enough to deter the brazen class of thieves armed with guns and disguised by their balaclavas. They dont care who they kill or hurt in their bid for some loot.
An article in the news today on 'Ghana-web' caught my eye and it was very appalling to read the events.

A lot has been said in the past about this form of robbery being handed down by Nigerian yobs and Thugs who cross into Ghana to ply their evil trade; but you only need to park around the Nima highway, Maamobi or the spintex road on a lonely night in a flashy car with a puncture and within minutes a barrel of a gun or knife will be keeping you company and relieve you of your cash and valuables. If you are lucky you go home in one piece or end up in casualty or the morgue.


"Here is a disturbing trend that should concern you: An alarming number of middleclass families in Ghana now speak only English to their children. It is as if this assault on Ghana’s cultural identity is a response to an edict from the Ministry of Education, and the only ones who could dance in step are the middle-class. It was not like this when we were young. I am reminded of Sefah, an old school mate, whom you should meet." ...

An excellent article on Ghanaweb: