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Our own oburoni

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sat, 07/30/2005 - 23:01

Ever been treated or called "our own oburoni" by your own folks/friends on returning to Ghana? For some reason a few years sojourn in the land of the Oburoni makes you an oburoni (ok, nearly) too. All of a sudden you are not supposed to drink the water that you drunk right until the day you left. You are supposed to like eating with utensils more than with your fingers. And with each meal must come a soggy clump of cole slaw which you are supposed to eat to show class and all-oburonis-like-salad. And how come you are still taking a troski? And everyone speaks English to you as if you were not raised in Takoradi.

Admitted, a few years away from the motherland does get you used to a different lifestyle. But don't count on being allowed to live your life the way you used to before you went to experience aburokyire. On returning you cannot shop or eat at the cheapest joints. You must order pizza every other day and have a fancy phone. Don't be caught buying Hausa kooko and koose off the street or even worse roasted plantain/corn and groundnuts. If you want to eat kelewele you must send the nearest relative who is tripping over his own feet to serve you instead of going out to get it yourself.

And oh, "that's how Ghana is oo", as if you didn't know it already, as if you didn't cut your teeth on these very bofrot balls that are sold right by the gutter. Suddenly you're the big boss, the wisest opinion.

All this power is intoxicating. How can you give it all up? How can you tell anyone that you're the least qualified to know what's best for them and that a foreign education teaches you little about their world? How can you convince anyone that the grass can be green at home too if only they'll be willing to apply themselves now instead of waiting to do so when in an illegal job in midtown New York city?

But these monologues are supposed to cheer. There are a few cynics who challenge your aburokyire wisdom and rightly sneer when you launch into one of your "in aburokyire" folktales. They remind you to be humble and try to learn instead of jumping into teaching with no preparation. Long live the cynics!


Waa ye gywe oh! Don't look

Waa ye gywe oh!

Don't look with your mouth...close it!

Lomomle: GT thrives on the

Lomomle: GT thrives on the productive exchange of ideas. I'm afraid your comment shows no trace of this quality. Please bear this in mind in the future: if you are going to say something, let it be productive. Do not say something just to cut a man down.

It's very unfortunate that

It's very unfortunate that some Ghanaians treat Ghanaians who have travelled abroad and FOREIGNERS like Gods.We have to change our mentality and the perception we have of our own people abroad and foreigners. We must stop the notion that everything coming from abroad is good.We must have equal respect for our own folks who haven't travelled abroad and those who have. We shouldn't give preferential treatment to foreigners.If we don't change our mentality, foreigners will always take advantage of us and abuse us! We must believe in ourselves and know that we can make our country a better place if we all work hard in the interest of our dear motherland.


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In Twi, when you say,

In Twi, when you say, 'mebroni', you are talking about your love, someone you respect a lot, etc. It starts from there, the foreign worship idea is entrenched in our mind. We probably need some 'black consciousness', the miseducation of the African man and woman.
We are a hospitable people, but hospitality isn't for a group of people.
Let's carry the message to the masses, once we understand that 'foreign thing's are not necessarily better, maybe our mediocrity would cease.

The destiny of a nation at any given time depends on the opinions (and actions) of its young men and women.

so true folks, so true. but

so true folks, so true. but u see, some of us here too, such attention "sweets" us. we wont own up and let those back @ home know we're also struggling in our own way here. truth (needs) be told!!

just a note gina--it's "gods" not "Gods"...but what do i know??

Those who say it can't be done shouldn't interrupt those doing it.


Take the word "Nigger" in perspective. It is just like Mebronyi.

It was a good word that turned bad during and after slavery and now being re-adapted into the black subculture as positive identification of the very people that fought to eradicate it. Let a white man dare say that word. Or because they have said enough the past decades.

Mebronyi maybe stands for every good thing the white man professed, manners,education, science etc. U would be suprised that the first University of the world was somewhere in Africa.