Monday Memes: For Ghanaians


Happy Monday!

I never realized how annoying this whole scenario above was until this past weekend. It’s funny because on Saturday this is EXACTLY the conversation I had with two different people. And then on Sunday I randomly saw this meme on Ghana Goddess’s Instagram page. I just find this Etisen response annoying. If the person is not Ghanaian, they usually cannot say anything else in Twi after that. Then there is this awkward silence like “What’s next?”. If they’re Ghanaian they usually want to continue speaking to me in Twi. I do not speak fluently or understand it that well. Then there are other Ghanaians who don’t know Twi because they speak another Ghanaian language such as  Ga.

I promise you this exact scenario happened to me twice on Saturday. Maybe that’s why the second time around with the second person I was so over it! Also, before both incidents, an American guy asked me if I knew how to speak “Ghanaian” I FIRST explained to him that the language my parents speak is Twi and no I cannot speak it. He told me I was westernized and that I should’ve learned. Um no. How about growing up my mom worked three jobs as a nursing assistant AND she was raising four kids as a single parent. She didn’t have time to give me and my two older brothers Twi lessons after school. Most of my Ghanaian-American friends that can speak Twi fluently had a non English speaking  grandmother in the house. Their grandmother usually babysat them AND other Ghanaian-American children  without speaking any English {perhaps a word or two but that’s it}. It’s easy to learn Twi when you’re five years old {or under} and being babysat by a Ghanaian granny who doesn’t speak any English.

That child is forced to learn Twi in order to communicate with her. If that child grows up and doesn’t speak it anymore {because they probably forgot it growing up in this “western world”} then they surely understand it. Why do people always blame kids that don’t speak or understand their mother’s native tongue. Why doesn’t anyone blame the mother?…lol Anywho I am really over this whole scenario. It’s so cliché and corny. Do I have to say Hola Como estas? to every Hispanic person I meet? No. Also, I am too grown to be grilled and quizzed about my lack of Twi. I’m so tired of being given the guilt trip regarding this matter. It’s not that serious. Most Ghanaians speak English too so I am able to function when I visit. All of my relatives speak English as well. It’s gonna be alright.

*Ends rant because this was just a Monday Meme and not a Monday rant*

What do you think?  Please share your thoughts, opinions and experiences below.

Have a blessed week ! 🙂

~Amma Mama

  • Those Natural African Curls
    December 30, 2014

    I so get you!! The same thing happens to me when I mention that i’m Nigerian and Yoruba, I actually understand the basics, but speaking it is a totally different board game. No, you don’t know enough of the language for us to have a conversation and which kid understands the significance of learning their native language? In fact the only reason I want to learn (well partly) is so I can talk about people without them knowing hahaha. Just don’t let them get to you!



    • ammamama
      December 30, 2014

      Lolol I used to want to learn in high school for that exact same reason. My friend at the time attempted to teach me but it was a lost cause!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • kweenb
    January 16, 2015

    hahaha I saw this on Instagram and tagged my friend. I’m Nigerian but there are LOADS of Ghanaians where i go to school. I’m constantly getting this question. Then they get mad when I tell them I dont understand! LOL

    • ammamama
      January 22, 2015

      Ugh it must be more annoying since you’re not

  • browne
    February 23, 2015

    Lol I’m in the same predicament as you but on top of that, I’m a pastor’s daughter so you can only imagine the foolishness that comes with it lol smh. I definitely agree with everything you said and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. The way I see it is: if you’re Ghanaian living in America and you can’t speak english well, then I suggest you go work on that. If you’re bilingual and worried about someone else who is unable to communicate in their native tongue, then realize there must be a reason behind it. Or you can just mind your business altogether! However, since we are talking about Ghanaians, that won’t happen anytime soon lol. But anywho, thanks for this post cuz I definitely needed it. God bless you! xo 🙂

    • ammamama
      March 7, 2015

      Hey girl! I can only imagine the foolery…lol Yes I am so glad you can relate and that I am not alone on this. Yep there is always a reason behind it, an underlying issue. I totally agree. No time soon at all…lol #Shade Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless you too 🙂

  • Maame
    May 30, 2016

    Oh my god! I totally agree! This happened to me whilst I was at a party and this guy made me feel so guilty about not being able to speak twi baring in mind I’m Ghanaian and saying that it’s never too late to learn etc. Fair enough but its a lot harder to teach yourself a new language as an adult when you can’t find anyone who is willing to dedicate their time to teach you. Plus my parents fresh out of Ghana did not know how to teach a kid twi when every single other person that child comes into contact with speaks English for goodness sake! I’m glad I’m not the only person who feels frustrated over this.

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