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By Kwesi Atta Sakyi 20TH December 2011

(UNESCO and other agencies worldwide are actively helping to preserve minority languages from extinction and this write-up in Effutu with English translation is my widow’s mite towards that noble endeavour)

Countrymen and women from Winneba, (read Ghana), Simpa Odebikese, greetings. It is me, Kwesi Atta Sakyi, calling you from Lusaka in the Diaspora. I have landed at Abowiei Beach. Where are those from Penkye? What about folks from Eyipe, Mburabamu, Donkornyiemu, Osiinee, Abasraba, Nkwantanan, Ponkoekyir, Ndaamba, Otwekwaaduase, Ahemfie Aboano, Sofo Aboano, Zion Kokwaado, Ofunyaamu, Ntakofamu, Kormantse, Ogyaye, Adansi, Ankamaadze, Cadbury and Fry, Millers, SCOA, Domeabra, Oguaboano, Fantsefantse, Kwenduromu, Kojobeedu, Junction, Ateitu, Atakyedo, Maame Amampim, Nsuekyir, Anfoteterdo, Munimu,Mangoase, Bewadze, Mankoadze, Kojo Anlo Bakamu, Twiimu, Daaseayaw, Gyahadze, Kweikrom, Pomadze, Okyereko, New Winneba, Waterworks, Zongo, Pepe Tsiefidanho, Shell, One Way, Sankor, Gyangyanadze and Osubonpanyin? Hmmm! I have been very busy lately with pressure of school work in my way. We have a lot of chat to catch up on but I will make it snappy. I have had sleepless nights over hefty and herculean issues concerning the lack of unity and development in Winneba (read Ghana). These issues weigh heavily on my mind and they rankle in my mind all the time. How can we lift up Winneba (read Ghana), our dear and sweet hometown and birthplace? Let us bury the hatchet and smoke the peace pipe in order to unite for the sake of almighty Winneba (read Ghana). It is shameful how we have lowered our guard on an old and important municipality such as Winneba (read Ghana). How could that be? Are we ingrates to let down our elders who toiled very hard to build us a place to stay and left us a heritage? God forbid. Let us go to the bush, hallelujah. Let us go home, hallelujah, hallelujah. This is Opesaw Kaakaiku (kakai Kweku) Sakyi Akumbia, who is dialoguing with you at Christmas time on Ghanaweb forum. Let us unite and forget the past wrangles so that together, we build Winneba (read Ghana) for it to become a showpiece. Come to our aid, our ancestors. Tow Mpa, Osiimpam, Bondzi Ebi Gyateh Sisi. Awere eei, esusow yi a awow dze me o). Awere ee i, this rainy season, I am feeling cold). Listen to the rattle and the pealing and clanging of bells. Listen to the loudspeaker/megaphone, all symbols of Tuafo No 1 and Dentsefo No 2 Asafo Companies, our traditional militia and warriors. The drums are also throbbing, with the bugle sounding. Oh, Tuafo have caught a deer, is that a poser? (Tuafo akyer abowa, amo nee nee).

Kow Tsifa wo kuku bo anyen? Bo po to. (Kow Tsifa where is the half of your body? Answer: Iit is stuck in the thicket or copse).

Song – Alaba Ntakoma

(Alaba is native name for a girl born on Tuesday. Ntakoma is Effutu which translates as finisher of female genitalia).

Alaba Ntakoma eei, you don’t sleep at night,

(D.C)

When your dad calls you, you don’t answer the call,

When you mum calls you, you don’t answer the call,

(Always out of coverage area)

Alaba Ntakoma, you don’t sleep at night.

Note: (Typical of sexy teenagers, Alaba Ntakoma was a grinder and a paddler/peddler. She was a scarecrow to many a he-man. She was extremely prosmiscuous. No wonder, sooner rather than later she was in the family way, heavy with child).

Translation – Effutu Version

Oma Simpa Odebikese, ane so omangya a!

Omangye sua ase. Maafa Kwesi Atta Sakyi

bo ndoto bo anaanyense bo Lusaka laakyere ane. Me mba aparekye Abowiei Poase. Ana ane di Ewutu atar krompi moafaafa. Penkye ebi bo anyen? Eyipe ebi ee? Nkaawo no eh? Mburabato, Donkornyieto, Osiinee, Abasraba, Nkwantanan, Ponkonsi, Ndaamba, Otwe kwaayibianyeese, Odefe Guano, Osow Guano, Zion Kyenkyeso, Ofunyaato, Ntakofato, Kormankye, Ogyaye, Adansi, Abrembianyeese, Cadbury and Fry, Millers, SCOA, Fisher, Domeabra, Oguaboano, Sakagyato, Alata Kyenkyeso, Seeleh, Saakooso, Obentsiwah, Fantsefantse, Kwendurto, Kojobeedu, Junction, Ateitu, Atakyeso, Maame Amampim, Nsunsi, Anfoteterso, Munito, Mangoanyeese, Bewanyeese, Mankoanyeese, Kojo Anlo Bakato, Twiito, Daaseayaw, Gyahato, Kweimanto, Pomanyeese, Okyereko, New Winneba, Ansaful, Waterworks, Zongo, Road Close, Shell, Pepe Okyefigowo, Oneway, Sankor , Gyangyananyeese Osobonpanyin, Aburansi Nkakyianyeese wo e? Hmmm! Ani kyere berete so. Mennya me wer to anikaase koraaa nkyensa mo. Bo kye ane edi odewu berete. Nyew, atar berete bo, bo kye anayikye, ka ane bekuku so mporokomporoko. Me de a, maa de bo Simpa mansomanso wo. Ane beejo me pikya Simpa (Ghana) oma so bo onwonso a?

Ana anefee aso foo to na esina na anoworo so bo komebo ba oma laapah Simpa (Ghana) mo firebi mboyee. Ebo asotonkyease berete kye oma odada Simpa, (Ghana) animfee ane wo so. Ane enyimpa mbo ko na ane. Amoko akonkye na ane firebi mboyee. Aka mo me na mimbire a? Simpa (Ghana) oma bo ada berete so. Ate Nyimpo perekye. Ana anewo ape to, ehurmenje ee Omenje Saa, ana anewo ewiso, ehurmenje ee, Omenje saa. Opesaw Kaakaiku (Kakai Kweku), Sakyi Akumbia mo afaafa na mo na ane ntare buronya ibe mo to bo ghanaweb efirto mo. Nyingya. Ane woroso bo laaba. Onuto ase nyen degyaa. Ana ane bo komebo na ane bête aba firebi ba ewiso ba akyerekyere Simpa(Ghana) na ebo f33f33f3w. Two Mpa, Osimpam, Bondzi Ebi Gyateh, Kow Gyan Kobina, Awere ee, esusow yi a, awow dze mo oo (Fante Song). Twerebo regura. Kekered33 na akasamu wo regura. Adomba regura. Nkon na bugle wo regura. Tuawo and Denkyewo amo ns3nkyer3di na ahy3nsew. Tuafo akyer abowa, amo nee nee. Tuafo akyer abowa, amo nee nee. Tuafo akyer abowa, amo nee nee. Kow Tsifa wo kuku bo anyen? Bo po to.

Song – Alaba Ntakoma

Alaba Ntakoma eei, efo enyinto a omaa de

Alaba Ntakoma eei, efo enyinto a omaa de,

Wo se kyere wo a , omaawo

We ni kyere wo a,oamaawo

Alaba Ntakoma eei

Efo enyinto a omaa de

(Alaba Ntakoma moko ewu berete so.

Mo kwan tabon mo afaafa. Ominsere mo a, omaa da kye. Obeewu gya.

Owose furfur ntoo bengyaw nda wo?

Alaba mo nyeb33 to bo mo fa akwankye.

Mo fo mo tuano ber3te so. Menky3 na

Mo nyinte! Waafa omo boole?)

N.B. My Nigerian friend at Komenda Teacher Training College taught me this Effutu song in 1968. He was born and bred at Senya Beraku. He is a mathematical genius. He went to do B. Finance at Unilag and went for his masters in New York whilst working for ICON in Lagos. We met during my sojourn in Nigeria but since I left in 1991, we have lost touch. He is called Jonathan Adeyemi Akande. We were rivals in class as I topped in English, Geography and History. He always got 100% in Mathematics. He was indeed a terror in all subjects. Do you remember this patriotic song composed by Ephraim Amu?

GHANAMBA

Ghanamba, Ghanamba, Ghanamba, Ghanamba, Ghanamba

Mo ma y3nsua biako y3 oo D.C.

Biakoy3 y3 ahooden

Biakoy3 y3 nhyira

Biakoy3 y3 ooo

Translated

Ghanaians, Ghanaians, Ghanaians, Ghanaians, Ghanaians

Let’s learn unity (D.C.)

In unity is strength

In unity is blessing

Unity is good oooo

FANTE NAMES OF THE MONTHS

January - Sanda

February - Kwakwar

March - Op3

April - Op3ber

May - Eusuoak3tseaba

June - Esusow

July - Ayawoho

August - Dzifuu

September - Fankwa

October - Ob3se

November - Obraf3w

December - Mumu

(Please, I learnt these in Pry 3 in 1960, so I may have forgotten so please correct me if these are wrong.)

Some Fante names and English Versions

Ninsin - Hinson

Muni - Monney

Amaah - Armah

Sekyi - Sackey

Gyan - Ghunney

Obo - Rockson

Kuntu - Blankson

Eyi - Eyison/Aryee

Ayeh - Aryee

Akootey - Quatery

Lamire - Lamptey

Esoun - Eshun

Ewur - Ewool

Egyir - Aggrey

Daadze - Dadzie

Bondzie - Bonney

Borkyi - Bortsie/Bortey

Afedzi - Afari/Affue

Kwansah - Quansah

Amissah - Eminson

Anamoah - Anaman

Ansah - Hanson

Bassaw - Edmonson

Ewusi - Wilson

Kum - Koomson

Koshie - Quarshie

Damtse - Dampson

Yamoah - Yamson

Gyamah - Ghampson

Kow - Kwaw/Quao/Quartson

Yaw - Yawson

Kweku - Quarcoo

Kweenu - Quainoo

Kwame - Quarm

Kobina - Cobbina

Kojo - Cudjoe

Kofi Cofie, Kwofie

Enu - Ainooson

Atta - Arthur

Kwesi - Quaison

Edu - Aidoo/Addo/Eduful

Otu - Otoo

Takyi - Turkson

Arhinsah - Hinson/Hanson

Akyen - Hutchful, Hutchinson

Akofowah - Arkorful

Edu - Eduful

Badu - Baidoo/Baiden

Annan - Annang

Kwame - Commey

Asam/Osam - Sam

Du - Dougan

Gyaaben - Gharban

Owu - Owoo

Andah - Anderson

Names of our ancestors inWinneba– Male and Female. Perhaps if you are related to any of these, then we are related!

Neenyi (Grandfather)

Awotwe - Akumbia Sekyi

Annan - Ayirebi

Addae - Akromah

Akuragya/Awuragya Abbiw Gyekye (Jackson)

Ampofo - Ananse

Acheampong - Akootey

Abbam - Apetu Birimpong

Adoko - Annobil

Akwasi Nyaa - Amoasi

Akumase - Apeteh

Apraku - Asomanyi

Akwa - Arkorful

Arhinsah - Asomfo

Armah - Afuah

Ackom - Abbam

Atobir - Badu/Baidoo

Amu/Amoo - Bentum

Amoonoo - Bondzi Gyateh

Asabir - Bonney

Afedzi - Bortsie

Agyare - Dadzie

Ayensu - Damptse

Akrama - Dampson

Asam - Enu

Ansah Sasraku - Esoun

Amokwandoh - Ewur

Adaa - Enyinda

Amissah - Ernbir

Awere - Ewusi

Egyir (Aggrey) - Sakyi

Ehun - Takyi

Eguase - Tagoe

Eguan Wansen - Teiko

Eyi Mensah - Yamoah

Essilfie - Yarboi

Esian - Nkrumah

Effirim

Gyampanyin

Gyankumah

Gyateh Sisi

Gyansah/Ghansah

Gyaakye

Gyatowah

Gyantakyi

Gyaaben

Hammah

Kumah

Kum

Kaiko

Karikari

Kweikumah

Johnson Ghartey

Muni

Mensah

Mankata

Nunoo

Nnekyi

Nyan

Nsiah

Ninsin

Ntow

Nketsiah

Otabil

Omaano

Odebi

Oburmankoma

Okormansa

Otu

Osei

Opia

Obo

Prah

Poma

Poin

Naase (Grandmothers)

Akosuadontoba

Akosuapetuwa

Adaaba/Addoba

Akwaaba

Akwandoba

Amoaba

Arkofuwah

Abokoma

Arhinsima

Adende

Awereba

Awo Dede

Akyereh

Adadzewa

Esaaba

Gyambah

Embirba

Densuwa

Edu

Kaiko Adwowa

Kwansima

Onwensin

Ntaaesi

Kwegyirba

Kwesiamoah

Nkokobew

Nsabaa

Sasaw - Yaaba

Mansah - Kosua

Mensimah

Menu - Aberwa

Kankamoah - Kaadze

Okaasowa - Efua Anna

Otuwah - Obofun

Nyahan - Kotonkyema

Nyaniba - Adoko

Takyiwah - Maanu

Okusubentsir - Maanan

Baahwa

Nketsiaba

Ahenmah

Nnekyiwah

Fante Hua Dzin

Kwesi - Bodua

Kojo - Asera

Kow - Operba

Kobena - Ogyam Ebo

Kweku - Babone

Kofi - Ntsiful

Kwame - Atuapem/Ataapem

Esi - Odanyin

Efua - Nkoso

By Kwesi Atta Sakyi

Lusaka, Zambia

Columnist: Sakyi, Kwesi Atta

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