New Greetings: me mamo dumsoo! Yaaa Mahama

Feature Article of Monday, 8 April 2013

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu Ntiriwa

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, PhD

Massa: Eh! Boy, long time no see
Boy: Eh! Massa na true long time oh

Massa: Ah! Good morning, how are you
Boy: I dey oh! Massa you travel again

Massa: No, see my face! Life hard here
Boy: Ah! You know hear new greetings

Massa: Yeah! Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Boy: Ah Massa, eno be that koraa

Massa: So whetin greeting be that
Boy: Ah! The new greetings in town

Massa: Whetin be de that, Boy
Boy: Massa you de speak Twi

Massa: Ah! Who no dey speak Twi
Boy: Okay, ME MAWO DUMSOO

Massa: And whetin be the response
Boy: YAAA MAHAMA

Massa: Ah! Ghanafo be wicked funny
Boy: Hmm! We de cope dumso dumso

Massa: Okay boy ME MAWO DUMSOO
Boy: YAAA MAHAMA

Massa: ME MA GHANAFO NYINAA DUMSO
Boy: YAAA MAHAMA OH

*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical” poetry. She can be reached at [email protected] My poems and essays on Ghanaweb and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in part for any academic or scholarly work without my written permission.

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