Thursday, October 31, 2013

Learnt to say "Please" in 23 African languages

Africans are polite. Africans honour respect. Hence, we don't play with the word "Please". So wherever you are in Africa, you can really buy what you want for free if you throw in a "Please" word there. The MIghTy African is here to help you. With some help from my African friends, we have a list of 23 to work with. 
  1. Akan: Mepa wo kyɛw. 2 many syllables for what should be an easy word. Not the stress on the double vowel. Yes is Yes and No is No :-) Bonus in Fante - Inyɔ & Anha :-)
  2. Ga: Ofai nɛ. Akan Twi and Ga are bedfellows when it comes to language. We know how Ga and Twi have similar words. So I should have seen this coming. Thanks to +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor for 'reminding' me. 
  3. Ewe: Medekuku. +Doris Anson-Yevu who is a part of the +kasahorow team and also works on +Nyaseto taught me this one. I'm gonna be in Ho this weekend for +Barcamp Ho so.... :-)
  4. Dagbani: Dim suglo. +Ibn Shiraz taught me this one when I asked the +Barcamp Tamale crew.
  5. Hausa: Yankuri. Learnt this from a colleague at Rancard.
  6. Swahili: Tafadhali. A little long to say please. I've been reminded about this by countless Kiswahili-speaking friends. 
  7. Siswati: Ngiyacela! Of course, you can guess who I learnt this from. I miss +Phelele Fakudze
  8. Zulu: Ngiyacela. I learnt this from Phelele. Not that I needed a second opinion but some other Zulu friends confirmed this today too. 
  9. Yoruba: Ejo. I learnt this from my friend Mimi as well. 
  10. Igbo: Biko. o I learnt this from a P-Square song - Ifunanya :-) +Isioma Emordi confirmed this for me. 
  11. Nyanja : Napapata. Thanks to +Mwana Ba Afrika, I learnt this one. When I am in Lusaka, I am going to say, "Napapata, I'm hungry, give me food. Oh wait, I think I should learn how to say "I'm hungry" next :-)
  12. Bemba: Napatata. Same as Nyanja. These Zambian languages are very similar. The intonation is different though. Napapata literally means "I am pleading".
  13. Ndebele: Ngiyacela. This Zimbabwean language is quite similar to Zulu and Siswati. It's all love.
  14. Sesotho: Ka kopo. +Sipho Ngwenya also speaks Sesotho though I know him to be from Zimbabwe. But isn't Sesothi really from Lesotho? Someone take me to Southern Africa like now! 
  15. Eton: Ankoglan. My buddy +cedric Atangana taught me this. +237, stand up!
  16. Ewondo: Ankoglen. My buddy +cedric Atangana taught me this too. He's really awesome, if I had to say it here, that means I mean it. :-)
  17. Luganda: Mwattu. I learnt this one from +Muranga James, like just now. Help me say Weebale to him.
  18. Kinyarwanda: Meze neza. Learnt this from +RICHARD RUSA, who I know my Google times.
  19. Amharic: Ebakehn. I learnt this recently from +beza tesfaye too. She's my new Amharic teacher :-)
  20. Wolof: Dimbalima I learnt this one from +Baba TOURE. Here's a good example - "Dimbalima, daama khiff" which means "Please (help me), I'm hungry. For real authentic jollof. You could also say Diappelema. or Ngiur Yallaa which means "Please, for God's sake". 
  21. Djiula: Sabari. I learnt this from +Paul Romuald Angbele who I know from Ivory Coast through my Google work. 
  22. Xhosa: Ndiyacela. You see how it is relatively to speak multiple languages if you're from South Africa? They use the words all the time and they are similar.
  23. Setswana: Tsweetswee. Isn't this word just so cool? +Manteba S'rurubele, your people are cool okay!
This follows the "Thank You", "Let's Go, "Money", "I Love You", "How are You and I'm Fine" & "Yes & No" posts in this series. Share how to say "Please" in other African languages via the comments. I could have said a few more in other languages, but we had to stop at 23. Please, I don't need to tell you why. 

My first Manchester United decade - 1994-2003

There are many noisy Manchester United fans. I am one of them on occasion. I have been a supporter of Manchester United since 1994. It's hard to believe that it would be 20 years since I started cheering and following Manchester United. During that time, Manchester United has been one of the most successful sports club in the world. Its undisputed leader, Sir Alex Ferguson, retired after capturing the club's 20th English championship. David Moyes was his assigned heir and though he's off to a fairly shaky start, many ManUtd fans are solidly behind him. He has a long way to go to fill the shoes of the man who run  +Manchester United like a businessman and has a Harvard Business School case study around his work.

I started following football aka soccer very closely in 1994. My father is a Hearts of Oak supporter so I naturally became a Phobia fan too. Growing up, we used to watch a lot of European soccer, I can clearly remember the "Football Made in Germany" show. I became a fan of many European teams; AC Milan, Olympique Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam. But maybe because Man United played in a country where the people spoke English, they became my favorite team. I'd support ManUtd over all these teams when they met in Europe. The Red Devils were reigning English champions. 

Circa 1994, the stars of the team were Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, and Andrei Kanchelskis. Ryan Giggs was already owning the Number 11 shirt. We remember Eric Cantona as an enigmatic figure who scored goals like this and also had bonehead moments like this. Blackburn, thanks to a lot of Alan Shearer goals, had won the league in 1995. Quickly enough, the young guys like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Phil & Gary Neville and Nicky Butt came into their own. I really remember seeing the word "kiddology" in an article somewhere, and how it referred to Manchester United's breeding of young kids in their team and the way they played soccer. Did that have mostly to do with former assistant coach, Brian Kidd? Maybe. Alan Hansen, former Liverpool captain, once said "You can never win anything with kids". We sold Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis at the start of the 1995-96 season and won the league and cup double with kids.

ManUtd was dominating England with a repeat league championship in 1997. Arsenal was challenging our place at the top and won the league in 1998. However, we yearned to dominate Europe too. I remember how the 1999 season unfolded. David Beckham had become my favorite football player. Not because he was hot or that he was dating Posh Spice, but because of his football. He could bend a cross in, find his man or find his spot with a freekick. Bend it like Beckham. When I was on the field, I would get excited about how I hit the ball, a pass, a cross. I always wanted to score a nice free-kick. He was also wearing number 7 like the previous iconic ManUtd player, Eric Cantona. Ryan Giggs was more influential, the kids had grown, Dwight Yorke had joined Andy Cole as the second (black) striker and Peter Schmeichel was going to retire. In Jaap Stam, we had a central defender who had international stature like Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister didn't. We had quite a special team.

I could smell the glory of the 1999 season from months away. I was in Presec, in a boys' school with many people who supported many different teams. Of course, I was far from alone as a ManUtd fan. I remember skipping prep at Presec to watch the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. I remember Bayern Munich scoring first and how those who wanted ManU to lose were cheering and teasing the ManU fans. I had to stop watching the game at Mr. Peprah's house and return to my dorm in Clerk House. And then we heard the shouts. And then we heard the shouts again. Given the euphoria that followed each goal and those who were shouting, it was tough to tell who had actually scored. And then the news hit us. The men from Manchester had become kings of Europe! This was quite a special night to crown a season of achievement - the Treble!
The heroes of 1999 left the team one by one. Including Dennis Irwin who together with Ryan Giggs owned the left flank of many football games. New stars were signed, some of whom didn't work out so well. But Manchester United just kept on winning. In fact, Fergie's fledglings won the league in 2000 and 2001, making it 3 straight in a row. Arsenal hanged around and won the league in 2002. We had made Rio Ferdinand, who is pretty much my all-time favorite ManUtd centre back the most expensive signing for a defender. Am sure you'd guess what would happen in 2003. We came roaring right back and took our crown again.

By 2003, the new number 7 had arrived in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo. Wayne Rooney followed shortly after as the new young English stalwart. They both had promise. Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the unquestioned goal getter at this time. But then a lot of locker room controversies were arising. A boot Sir Alex kicked had caught David Beckham's eye. Becks was still the soul of the team who could rescue games with his crosses and free-kicks. At the end of the season, he was sold to Real Madrid. I was sad he had to leave but by that time, any true Manchester United fan was loyal to Alex Ferguson before anywhere else. And Becks was going to Real Madrid to join Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and co. Not bad. It's the system that was going to keep the engine moving. We were still on top, it'd been a decade of support for me and there were very few reasons to cause me to support another team. I looked forward to the next decade, and for you, the next post. :-)

Ghana wants PayPal now! #Pay4Ghana

Another snappy post. I have a blog target to meet and this is quite important for folks in the +233 country code who also know what it is. Ghana wants to be able to use Paypal. Hear us campaign for this via a Change.Org petition and on Twitter. Samuel Darko, my buddy started this off. 

Enuff said. Big ups to all the drivers!
+William Senyo +Jojo Chartei Quansah +Naa Oyoo Quartey +Cecil Dadzie +Gameli Adzaho etc. Now, +PayPal do your job. +eBay, talk to your friends :-)

Let's try this Pay with PayApp

The NBA is back! My predictions are....

Let's make this snappy. The NBA season has just started but I am gonna stick out my neck and make these predictions. Actually, I picked the first names that came to mind.

Rookie of the year - Victor Oladipo
Sixth man of the year - Andrei Kirilenko
Most improved player of the year - Bradley Beal
All-Star Game MVP - Derrick Rose
Defensive player of the year - Lebron James
Most Valuable Player (MVP) - Kevin Durant

Seeding the playoff teams and who will win it all
Eastern Playoffs - Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards
Western Playoffs - Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

East Semis - Bulls vrs Nets, Heat vrs Pacers.
West Semis - Clippers vrs Rockets, Spurs vrs Thunder

East Finals - Bulls vrs Heat
West Finals - Clippers vrs Thunder

NBA Finals - Heat beat the Thunder for their three-peat.
Finals MVP - Lebron James

In the meantime, in between time, watch this awesome video with your time.
It's a brilliant preview to the NBA season (at least what we'd watch on NBA on TNT).


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No, facts about Olele don't get old - my own #Olelefacts

Yes, the Black Stars have long beaten the Pharoahs of Egypt 6-1, but #OleleFacts don't get old. Even when the one who helped start this phenomenon gets older. So espeically, when today is the birthday of the one who helped start this +Achere Buxton. I got in on the #OleleFacts earlier and here are some :-)
Enjoy. They are old tweets, but you can still say Ole! :-)
#OleleFacts became popular in October. Naa Achere and her friends were tweeting this in August. Foresight. :-)
I had been celebrating Uganda and had to switch names to get in on the Ghanaian trend.
Hehe. That means he also discovered light no?
Richard Kingson is a goalkeeper. In fact, a real timeless goalkeeper.
How do you like me now? :-)
His story is what we learn. History.
This is likely my favorite Olele picture. Jesus is known as his buddy. That's how popular Olele has been in history.
Those #OleleFacts hype helped the Black Stars, no be so? See how they walloped Egypt and spelt the 7 African champions!
2Face's Implication song will never be the same for Ghanaians. DJ's will start playing it more seriously again like they did that night at Hot Gossip. cc +Party Crew
Lol, +Kuukuwa Manful called me out with this picture paa o!
Looking forward to the second leg of the World Cup qualifier between Ghana & Egypt. I really hope Richard Kingson keeps goal for the Black Stars. He's come to deliver us from Egypt like his old friend Moses. Loved watching his Black Stars colleagues put on a show earlier this month with +Donald Ward +David Nikoi +Ali Bukari Maiga & +Kofi Ulzen-Appiah.

Calendar of forward-thinking events & things happening in Ghana (mostly Accra)

Last year, I realised there was a gap whereby it was difficult to find out upcoming forward thinking events in Ghana. I wanted to have a cool calendar done that looked very nice on a website. I thought to make use of Google Calendar API but I couldn't get the time to learn it more seriously or someone else to help make use of it. So I decided to go ahead with a simple Google calendar I could contribute to and then embed in a website.

I put this up on the Barcamp Ghana website and added a couple more people to the calendar so we could all add entries. We have different kinds of events there - Barcamps, TEDx events, seminars, workshops, and even some shows. We have also had film screenings and concerts. We have also added some cool radio shows and TV shows.

Check out the calendar below. You can always find this on the Barcamp Ghana website. Suggestions welcome. The calendar is a work in progress. We have the events color-coded but the colours don't show in this view. We'd work on it. If you have an event to add, send info to barcamp @

Many thanks to +Jemila Abdulai for contributing some posts. Thanks to +Akua Akyaa Nkrumah who helped me notice +Barcamp Koforidua & +Barcamp Sunyani were on the same day and the change had to be made. Big ups to +Barcamp Ghana webmaster +Kobe Subramaniam. And also to +Emmanuel A. Gamor who runs the +Mpwr show who inspired this blog post as I had a conversation with him that included this tonight. Planning some changes to this calendar for next year, would make it bigger and better. For now, add this calendar to your Google calendar so you are kept updated. 

Taking partying more seriously - #partycrewgh

You know about +Party Crew already abi? Let's go party! I am a social animal. I like to party and party hard. Shout out to these party folks & PartyCrew members- +Donald Ward +David Nikoi +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor +Nehemiah Attigah +Ali Bukari Maiga +Bellyn Naki +Nana Fynn Class-Peters +Sweetie Anang +Derek Bossman +Mac-Jordan Degadjor +Lexis Bill
P-Square's Chop My Money remix has been our anthem for a while. Our favorite part is "pushaa" where we kick out our legs. I did it once in Akosombo and caused small commotion with a fall. More controlled kicks coming up.
Wey the love I get for you na Jackie Chan! Pushaa! You just have to do the kick then. Jumpstarts the party every time.
After one of my house parties, I found this 8pm drink in my house. Apparently it gives 'cancer'. So I wasn't going to drink it. I was going to drain it away somewhere. At 8pm. Finally one day, I remembered to do it at 8pm. And 8pm was gone.
Yeah, I look forward to Fridays for party reasons sometimes too :-)
Yeap, confirmation from +Elorm Billy-Awittor :-)
Inside joke alert. It's naughty. :-)
We have Party Crew representation in the Diaspora too :-) I really miss going to African parties in the US and hearing music from all over the continent, including classics.
They were not playing this popular Zone Fam song at Shaka Zulu. They should, some time.
I was dumbfounded by this. It turned out to be a fan night though. Being surrounded by ladies in a party atmosphere is always a great thing ;-)
Need to party in Kumasi? +Francis Addai needed to. Evidence proves that he would rather party in Ho though as part of +Barcamp Ho.
Up until sometime last month, I hadn't met more than 3 ladies from Guinea. And then I met 5!
So when we invited them to the next PartyCrewGH party which happened to be the next night and I had to go pick all 5 of them up, I showed them that I could surprise them with some Guinean music.
My favorite word after a PartyCrewGh party is, "we threw down". Sorry, I meant to say words. I am high right now.
Of course, am not high. Am joking. But people who are drunk will never say they are drunk. People who are high, however would. But hey, am not high o! Cos if you actually get high, you would need to go to bed, or you would want to go to bed. But if you are drunk, you might just fall in bed. It would be bedtime, before you know it. Case in point, is the very latest PartyCrew party which we've tweeted about here.
Ta-ta. Good night :-)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Learnt how to say "Yes" (& no) in 23 African languages

I was inspired to do this through a conversation with my Senegalese buddy +Oumoul Khaïry Sow while watching a music video by "yeah you guessed it" by +Viviane Chidid called Fans Yi. :-) Yes, that means "My Fans". Talking about Yes, Viviane also has a music video called Waaw. Which means "Yes" in Wolof, which is (yes) a Senegalese language. Waw! With some help from my African friends, we have a list of 23 to work with. Choose your pick and say Waaw like a Champion wrestler from Senegal!
  1. Akan: Aane & Daabi. 2 many syllables for what should be an easy word. Not the stress on the double vowel. Yes is Yes and No is No :-) Bonus in Fante - Inyɔ & Anha :-)
  2. Ga: ɛɛɛ & Daabi. Akan Twi and Ga are bedfellows when it comes to language. We know how Ga and Twi have similar words. So I should have seen this coming. Thanks to +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor for 'reminding' me. 
  3. Ewe: Yoo & Aawo / Megbe. +Doris Anson-Yevu who is a part of the +kasahorow team and also works on +Nyaseto taught me this one. I'm gonna be in Ho this weekend for +Barcamp Ho so.... :-)
  4. Dagbani: Ayi & Ayi. "I" has the same pronunciation in Dagbani as in English? Ayi. It's like "In" but you won't pronounce it fully. I, +Jemila Abdulai taught me this one. 
  5. Hausa: Tɔ & Aah-ah. NLike Aah-ah with a 'no' nodding sign for emphasis o! Cos it could look like yes. Na gode +Ali Bukari Maiga.
  6. Swahili: Ndio & Hapana. Learnt this quite early, one of the first and easiest things to learn in Kiswahili. Hapana is kinda long though. 
  7. Siswati: Yebo! Here's the kicker, there is no no in Siswati. Am cool with that. If you're not, ask +Phelele Fakudze
  8. Zulu: Yebo & Ca. I learnt the 'no' from a fellow Global Shaper +Thulani Fakude. I've known Yebo for a long time. It's one of my favorite ways to say Yes.
  9. Setswana: Ee & Nnyaa+Manteba S'rurubele aka Ms Tebby added more - Often as a sign of respect when you speak to an elder, this is followed by mma for a lady or rra for a man. I remember these latter ones from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
  10. Yoruba: Beeni & Beeko. I learnt this from my friend Mimi as well. 2 many syllables. Can't we say Ni & Ko for short? +Olasupo Johnson +Olayemi Oyebode?
  11. Igbo: Ee & Mba. Sounds like "aye" right? +Chioma Ileagu taught me this. She might be hearing some bride saying that this weekend. She could also say "Eye (aayay)". She better not say 'mba'. 
  12. Luganda: Ye & Neda. Very simple ways for the affirmative and the opposite of it. I kindly like "Neda", I'd use it in English. Or is the Luglish? +Terry Karungi ?
  13. Kinyarwanda: Yego & Oya. Okay, Oya is a rather strange word for no, no? Yego! Thanks to +Matilda Mutanguha who taught me this one. 
  14. Amharic: Awo & Ayedelm. I learnt this recently from +beza tesfaye too. It seems the Amhara  
  15. Bambara: Aawo & Aayi. I learnt this from my fellow Global Shaper, Aminata, who's also based in Bamako. Those Global Shapers say yes to more positive things and no to many negative things. 
  16. Bemba: Ee-ee & Awe. As in Ee-ee (ever sounding like) & Awe (ah-wee). You can be even more polite and say ee-mukwayi. Thanks to +Mwana Ba Afrika for teaching me this.
  17. Nyanja : Ee-ee & Awe. Thanks to Mwana, my Stanford buddy who taught me this too.
  18. Xhosa: Ewe & Hayi. Learnt this from my South African buddy who doesn't really do social media. So what do you want her name for? :-)
  19. Ewondo: Owe & Tage. Pronunciations are Oway & Tageu. Learnt this courtesy of my MIT friend +Julie Laure Maison & +Fawah Akwo too. Ewondo is a language & a dialect from Cameroun. Fawah even shared a spreadsheet with me that has other things in Camerounian languages! Sweet!
  20. Etoh: Owe & Ayaha. Still in Mboa aka Cameroun aka Cameroon. +cedric Atangana who I know from being at Google taught me this. He knows Ewondo too.
  21. Ndebele: Yebo & Hayi/ Hachi / Qha. Very similar to Zulu. Next time, I wanna be born in South Africa, or near Zimbabwe. Thanks to +Sipho Ngwenya for teaching me this one.
  22. Sesotho: Ee & Tjhee. Sipho taught me this too. 
  23. Wolof: Waaw & dėt / dédét. Oumoul taught me this but it turns out I could have learnt this in my MIghTy days while this Rambax drummer, Lamine Toure, kept on saying Waw and Waaa waw! 
This follows the "Thank You", "Let's Go, "Money", and "I Love You" posts in this series. Also learn how to say How are You and I'm Fine. Share how to say "Yes & No" in other African languages via the comments. I could have said a few more in other languages, but we had to stop at 23. I don't need to tell you why. And if you think it's because Michael Jordan wore the jersey number 23, you lose your way for the wholewideworld inside. Michael Jordan is money too, right? $$$$.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Learnt how to say "What is your name" & "My name is" in 23 African languages

Depending on which country I am in and who I am speaking to, I can have 1 out of about 7 names. You probably know my real one, but you do know my Ugandan, Kenyan, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Tanzanian and South African ones? Or my real other name which I use to call myself when I meet some lucky lady I feel like saying it to? Just in case, you happen to be in certain place or country and you feel you have to pull one of these out, let's learn how to say "What is your name" and "My name is" in 23 African languages. :-) Thanks to my friends who helped me pull this list together recently as I had missed writing blog posts such as these.
  1. Akan: Wo din de sɛn? Me din de.. Yeah, name in Twi is "din". It might be more popular to hear people say Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn? & Yɛfrɛ me... which directly translates to "What do we call you? & We call me... 
  2. Ga: Te atsɛɔ kbo tɛŋŋ? Atsɛɔ mi.. I learnt this once but I don't remember when.  Thanks to +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor for 'reminding' me. You can also say Mɛni ji ogbɛii? ŋgbɛ ji.
  3. Ewe: Wo nukɔ de? Nye nukɔ enyɛ... Saying Nukɔ is the Ewe word for name would be stating the obvious. Another one taught to me by Seyram  
  4. Dagbani: A yuli? N yuli nyela... Yeap, +Jemila Abdulai taught me this one. Once. :-)
  5. Hausa: Ya sunanka? Sunanka...! Learnt this recently, thanks to the one and only +Ali Bukari Maiga.
  6. Swahili: Jina lako nani? Jina langu ni.. I've known this for awhile as I've also known Swahili for awhile. I can't pinpoint who thought me this, but here's to all the people who've made sure I won't ever forget this one. 
  7. Yoruba: Kiloruko e? Oruko mi ni... I learnt this from Mimi too, see how what I learnt rhymes with her name :-)
  8. Igbo: Kedu aha? Aha m bu ... Learnt this from my friend +Chioma Ileagu just last week. Crowdsourcing :-)
  9. Idoma: Yo le ko neh? Yem le ko... I learnt this from my friend who's from the same tribe as 2Face Idibia and is also related to him. A rather small language in Nigeria but dear to me anyways :-)
  10. Luganda: Elinya lyo ki? Bampita ... Weebale to +Terry Karungi for teaching me this. Now I can give more credence to Richard. ;-)
  11. Kinyarwanda: Bakuyita ani? Bampita... Oh, similar thing to Luganda, yeap Richard Nshuti Mayanja's parents are from different places but don't differ by much. Thanks +Matilda Mutanguha
  12. Amharic: Semeh man naw? Semie...  I learnt this from +beza tesfaye who I met when I first went to Ethiopia. Bonus - for a lady, you say - "Semesh man naw?"
  13. Wolof: No toudou? Ma ngi toudou.. +Oumoul Khaïry Sow, who I befriended through my time at Google taught me this. Never been to Senegal, hope to go sometime soon.
  14. Bambara: E toogo dit? Neh toogo... So next time you are in Mali, you know what to say. Thanks to my fellow Global Shaper from Mali, Aminata, for teaching me this.
  15. Bemba : Ishina iyobe, niwebo nani? Ishina yandi ni... I can't wait to visit Zambia and say things like this. Even as there is bubbling Ghana-Zambia rivalry. 
  16. Nyanja : Ndiwe ndani zina? Zina yanga ni ... Thanks to +Chisenga Muyoya for teaching me this one. 
  17. Moore: Fo your la boin? Mam your la... Your? In an African language. Give me moore. :-) Thanks to +Tatiana Pandare for teaching me this.
  18. San: N to lin die? Ma to lin... I am gonna surprise a Burkinababe with this soon. Another lesson from Tatiana.
  19. Shona: Unonzani? Ndinonzi... A couple of Zimbabwean friends taught me this, sticky now.
  20. Siswati: Ugobani lima malako? Lagama lami .. +Phelele Fakudze taught me this one. If I had known this earlier, I would have said this to King Mswati III when I met him this year. 
  21. Zulu: Ubani igama lakho? Igama lami ngu... Just learnt this from +Lynette Ntuli, my fellow Global Shaper who I met in Cape Town this year. She's a Zulu woman, and they are the best in Mzansi. #Word.
  22. Setswana: Leina la gago ke mang? Leina la me ke... Oh wait, there's an easier way to say this, says my friend from Botswana called Tebatso +Manteba S'rurubele. O mang? Ke .. <- yea, that's what I am using next time.
    uite similar to the Zulu one. I could imagine the kids in the Soweto Uprising shouting it in 1976.
  23. Fang: Wa neu ewoula ya? Meu neu ewoula na... Next time you're in Gabon you know what to say. Tell them the MightyAfrican's hot Gabonese friend thought you. If you wanna go hang with her and her friends, see me in chambers and drop me some mian'g. :-)
This follows the "Thank You", "Let's Go" "I Love You", "How are You and I'm Fine", and "Money" posts in this series. Share how to say "What is your name" & "My name is" in other African languages via the comments. I could have said a few more in other languages, but we had to stop at 23. I don't need to tell you why. My name is Ato, and mefiri Ghana. :-)

#WaakyeWednesday: #Waakye wherehouses in Accra

Have you ever asked yourself "where can I get waakye to buy in Accra?" Better still, have you wondered where to get the fastest selling food in the world while in Accra so you can have a Waakye Wednesday? I am here to help :-) Here are a few places to eat Waakye in Accra in no particular order of preference. Sorry, they are exactly Google mapped yet.

Waakye Special - Such a generic name. Works for me. This is located near the Roman Ridge Assemblies of God place. I like the lady who sells there. I just wish she would smile more :-) She makes most of my #WaakyeWednesday days come true. +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor will attest to this.

Xroads Waakye - This is one of the 2 places I regularly get waakye. I patronized it once after I thought the last place I featured had given me a raw deal. The lady serving here had a "tattoo". Tattoo waakye o! Another time, she told me it was one of those designs Northerners do on their hands. It's okay, I fell in love with that long time. Xroads? It's located at the crossroads between that Nyaho clinic road and the train tracks.

Nyame ne Hene - When I went to these 2 previous places on the Wednesday after Eid-Ul Adha and they were on vacation from selling waakye, I was distraught. But my yearning for a #WaakyeWednesday would not be defeated. So I made my way into Pig Farm and Kotobabi and found that this spot was selling. So I blogged about the whole story. Yeah, here.

Fuleera - This is a popular waakye joint in Madina. I was there once with +Mac-Jordan Degadjor and we even had the Burkina drink. Once upon a time, Fuleera was open at 12 midnight. That's very cool. +Jemila Abdulai & Madina's very own +M.anifest (who should mention them in a song, and if it's been done already, someone please let me know) are big fans. Fuleera is on that main Madina road going from IPS up to Madina taxi rank.
Auntie Muni Waakye - Obrafour rapped about it (in Kasiebo), that's as much street cred as this popular waakye joint needs. It is also home to the famous Facebook Waakye parties. Sadly, Auntie Muni doesn't open for business at this Labone spot on Wednesdays. You bet we will petition her to do so in a campaign. Send her a message at her website - yes, her website - to ask her to sell Waakye on Wednesdays. I've eaten her humongous waakye portions with friends for free a number of times because I helped her set up the website. She also catered for +Barcamp Accra in 2012.

Katawodieso - I used to get waakye from here a lot for lunch time at Google till I discovered the next wherehouse below. Katawodieso stands for "Cover your own", as if to say "don't share this (your) waakye with anybody else". The lady who owns this has a Presecan (Odadee) in her family. Bonus points. This is a very popular spot in Osu, it's close to Kama Conference Centre. It's a landmark sef. +Jens Kuehlers (my German colleague at Google) once showed me Katawodieso annex. Hehe.

Amalia Special - Pretty generic name as most Waakye sellers are called Amalia. This is my lady though. I bought waakye from her very religiously for a long time. I have to go visit her more seriously too. I successfully churned Googlers' waakye business from Katawodieso to Amalia. Me and +Ali Bukari Maiga are 2 of her dearest customers.
Waakye Extra O - This used to be arguably the most patronized waakye spot in town until the george bush highway came to hurt access to the location. N1 things. I hear they never really seemed to run out of waakye. Extraordinary.

Waakye place whose name I forget - This one is close to the old Rancard office in Asylum Down. They routinely have waakye around 3 and 4pm. Rumour has it that because their waakye is not that great, it doesn't sell fast. That's music to the ears of folks like me who tend to look for waakye at later times but this is surely not good for business.

+Naa Oyoo Quartey shared this on Twitter about Nyame Na Ayɛ.
Looking out for the Waakye Crew members like +Nehemiah Attigah +Ela Asare +David Nikoi +Maame Efua Tandoh +Nana Fynn Class-Peters  and co to share their waakye wherehouses.

Where do YOU get your waakye in Accra? As always, KEEP CALM and EAT WAAKYE

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Join me and others at Barcamp Ho 2013 #bcho

This Saturday, I will be attending my third Barcamp Ho. Why do I go to Barcamps in Ghana? It's a good chance to see more of Ghana. More of its sights and scenes. More of its people. More of its young people who are ingenious, innovative and inspiring. More of the positive things and synergized energies towards making Ghana a better place. You should attend Barcamps in Ghana for some of the same reasons.

If you know anyone in Ho or the Volta region, you shouldn't let them miss this event. We're building a nationwide (+ Diaspora) networked community of change makers, doers and entrepreneurs and there must be a community of these people in Ho.

Big ups to the organizers +Courage Christson Tetteh +Ousman Saidy +Eric Tackie Tawiah Ankrah +Gameli Adzaho and those championing it including +Ali Bukari Maiga +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor and co as well as all members of the +Barcamp Ghana team.

Here is the press release for +Barcamp Ho 2013.

Barcamp Ho 13 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Ho, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on October 26, 2013 at the SRC Auditorium of Ho Polytechnic. The theme for this year is "Transforming our Communities: New Attractions, New Culture, New Champions". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

Barcamp Ho 2013 follows 24 successful BarCamps in Ghana organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as part of its Barcamp Ghana project. It
will be a showcase of how Ghana’s youth are taking charge of its development and how they can be spurred on to do more. Using new champions of development in the Volta Region, with a new culture of doing and creating change, the Barcamp would focus on new attractions to drive the Volta Region forward.
The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Northern Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Various Ho leaders will be on a panel that will center on the theme.
Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Ho eventbrite website ( or text "Barcamp Ho [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Ho team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.
BarCamp Ho 2013 is sponsored by +GhanaThink Foundation, +Ho Polytechnic SRC, Google, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners are Volta Premier Radio. Join us to move the Volta Region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned via our social media.


Learnt how to say "Money" in 23 African languages

Money. We all love it abi? :-) Is that also not why wherever we find ourselves, we need it? Is that not why it is the root of all evil? Is that also not why people sing about it all the time? Next time, you see money raining in an African music video, think about some of these word$ that mean $$$. With some help from my African friends, we have a list of 23 to work with. Choose your pick!
  1. Akan: Sika. My mother tongue. Quite easy. My mother has many memorable quotes on money. But here's a great song about money by one of my favorite musicians. Sika by Okyeame Kwame.
  2. Ga: Shika. We know how Ga and Twi have similar words. So I should have seen this coming. Thanks to +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor for 'reminding' me. 
  3. Ewe: ɛga. Another one taught to me by Seyram
  4. Dagbani: Lahri. Yeap, +Jemila Abdulai taught me this one. Once. :-)
  5. Hausa: Kudi. Now isn't this just obvious? I've been hearing "kawukudi" so many times. Kudi has to be one of my new favorite ways to say money. Na gode +Ali Bukari Maiga.
  6. Swahili: Pesa. Pesa nyingi sana. If I had a shilling for every time one of my Swahili speaking friends taught me or mentioned this, I'd organize more trips to Afrika Mashariki.
  7. Xhosa: Mali. I can hear Lira singing "We Mali" right now but she didn't teach me this. +Phelele Fakudze did. 
  8. Sesotho: Chelete. Another one courtesy of +Phelele Fakudze. She speaks about as many languages as people needed in a soccer team. 
  9. Siswati: Mali. Before you tell me this is quite similar to what it is in Xhosa, please note that it is a different language. And this is spoken by the people who produced +Phelele Fakudze, which by the way, is not South Africa, but the kingdom of Swaziland. :-)
  10. Yoruba: Owo. I learnt this from my friend Mimi. Next time, you see some money raining at a Nigerian wedding, sing to yourself, "owo owo owo".
  11. Igbo: Ego. Learnt this from my friend +Chioma Ileagu. That means, my friend +Ego Obi, she's so money! Or that singer Ego Ogbaro, she sings and money comes :-)
  12. Luganda: Ssente. One of those double S words, aren't they so cool? +Terry Karungi thought me this one.
  13. Kinyarwanda: Amafaranga. Thanks to +Matilda Mutanguha who taught me this one. A little long of a name for money though, but hey, you see the language in letters length?
  14. Amharic: Genzeb. I learnt this recently from +beza tesfaye who I met when I was in Addis Ababa. 
  15. Wolof: Khaliss, or Koparr. I'd go with koparr, it has more swag. Thanks to +Oumoul Khaïry Sow for teaching me this one. 
  16. Bambara: Wari. I learnt this from my fellow Global Shaper, Aminata, who's also based in Bamako. Those Global Shapers stay winning. 
  17. Bemba: Impiya. It's imperative to have a lot of Kwacha while in Zambia. See what I just did there? :-)
  18. Nyanja : Ndarama. Thanks to +Chisenga Muyoya who taught me this one. But Kwacha does sound very cool too ;-)
  19. Beti: Moani. I learnt this from my Camerounian friend who I met in Kumasi. Beti is the most popular language in Cameroun.
  20. Moore: Ligdi. I already had a Burkinabe day this year. I want the Stallions to qualify Burkina Faso to the World Cup. A lot of Ligdi their way if this happens. Thanks to +Tatiana Pandare for teaching me this.
  21. San: Wara. I almost went to Burkina Faso twice this year. If I had more wara, I would have really gone, amongst a couple of factors. I love the country a lot though I've never been. It's only right that I can say money in the San language. Merci Tatiana encore. 
  22. Myene: Ifoura. I learnt this from this hot Gabonese chic I know. She is money (
  23. Fang: Mian'g. She also thought me how to say this too. She took the liberty to also teach me how to say "I have no money" = "miè zélé n'ifoura" cand give me money in Fang is "koro me mian'g". I dunno if she is trying to send me a coded message :-) 
This follows the "Thank You", "Let's Go"And "I Love You" posts in this series. Also learn how to say How are You and I'm Fine. Share how to say "Money" in other African languages via the comments. I could have said a few more in other languages, but we had to stop at 23. I don't need to tell you why. And if you think it's because Michael Jordan wore the jersey number 23, you lose your way for the wholewideworld inside. Michael Jordan is money too, right? $$$$.

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