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Two more names to add to the List of Identifiable Names that Ghanaians Have Called Me

Posted in Literary Masterpieces, Names that Ghanaians Have Called Me, Note to Self, Rants with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2012 by ccartlidge

These are fun ones too, and they are: Madame Pink Floyd and Nana Ese.

Madame Pink Floyd DOES have a reason, but it’s probably more fun for you to simply imagine why a Ghanaian might call me Madame Pink Floyd given that I’m not the hugest Pink Floyd fan (I know, I’m awful, get over it) nor am I British, not that it matters much.

Nana Ese deserves a bit of background information though. I may have mentioned this in an earlier entry, but the terms ‘Maame’ and ‘Nana’ are honorifics for women and men, respectively. They seem like Mrs and Mr (without the marriage connotation in the case of Mrs). Ese (or Esi) is a traditional Ghanaian name which indicates that I am a Sunday-born female. If I were a Sunday-born male, my name would be Kwesi. So, the fact that the police officer at the checkpoint near my house calls me ‘Nana Ese’ each morning on my run indicates that either very short hair on a female who isn’t wearing a dress is confusing, or he has a peculiar sense of humor. I’m not exactly a brick house of a woman, but I’m pretty sure that the breasts give it away? I could be wrong.

Also, I think I might have found a local hookup for Obama crackers.

Six pieces of Useless Ghanaian Trivia

Posted in Literary Masterpieces with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by ccartlidge

– Ghanaians love Celine Dion.
– The popular alcoholic drink amongst young men is Smirnoff Ice.
– Obama is everywhere, they love him too. Schools, snack food, and giant billboards have all been dedicated to him. (Obama is a delicious cookie; I wonder if he knows.)
– Handshakes are super bro-ey, as they involve a finger snap at the end. (Hey, Bra.)
– The most popular sports team locally is Chelsea Football Club, and they are damned serious about this.
– Cutting concrete blocks with a machete takes a while, but not quite as long as you may think.