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Ghanaian Local Items And Their Corresponding English Names

Ghanaian Local Items And Their Corresponding English Names

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We all can attest to the fact that there are so many things we were misinformed about during our primary school days.But who is to be blamed for all this blunder that has been passed on from generations to generations?

  • The Teacher ?
  • The Headmaster?
  • The Curriculum?
  • The Government ? or
  • Our Ancestors?

Well time will tell but the funny part is that they always pass on these wrong teachings with so much confidence thereby inciting the students to think they have got the best answers in the world…Well without wasting much of your time ,lets dive in into some of the items that have been wrongly coined for us.

BENTUA: For decades, Ghanaians have had a very hard time finding the correct name for this highly ubiquitous object used in many homes in Ghana. There have been funny and interesting monikers given to this object mostly by people who claim  it’s a pure Ghanaian product and so it does not come with an English name. Sorry to bust your bubble but this product is actually ancient and it’s still being used by many people all over the world. It is called ENEMA BULB SYRINGE.

Bentua is ENEMA BULB SYRINGE
ENEMA BULB SYRINGE

ALASA: Alasa is a popular fruit loved by Ghanaians but how many of us really know it’s name in English. The English name for Alasa is the AFRICAN STAR FRUIT.

AFRICAN STAR FRUIT

ALUGUINTUGUI : We know you’ve all been told that the English name for Aluguintugui is Sweet Apple. Well, you were lied to because the right name for the fruit is SOURSOP.

SOURSOP.

KONTONMIRE: It can sometimes be really daunting finding English names for local items in Ghana, especially “Kontonmire” .I mean how do you search for such things on the internet? Even some of our English books failed at this and left it as it is (Kontonmire). Others tried and named it “Cocoyam leaves”. Today, your headache ends here, the right name for the popular staple is TARO LEAVES.

TARO LEAVES

YOOYI: We know most of you refer to it as ”black berries” but sorry to let you know you’ve been wrong all this while. Black berries are a completely different kind of fruit. The right name for Yooyi in English is VELVET TAMARIND.

VELVET TAMARIND

BEDURU/KWAHU NSUSOA/AMA DWORODO/NSAMAN NTOROBA: It is a popular vegetable in Ghana that is used in many dishes in Ghana but how many of us really know its English name? Well if you’ve ever wondered, the right name in English is TURKEY BERRIES.

TURKEY BERRIES.

ASANKA: The right name for Asanka, your favourite bowl is EARTHENWARE BOWL.

EARTHENWARE BOWL.

BANKU TA: The ‘stick’ that is used to stir banku to give it that fine texture is called WOODEN SPATULA. There are different types of wooden spatulas used in many ways for different purposes.

BANKU TA is WOODEN SPATULA
WOODEN SPATULA

ENIASE/ MPI: Whenever you wake up from sleep, most times there is this whitish substance or goop at the corner of your eye that we normally call “Mpi” in the Akan language. If you’ve wondered about its correct name in English, then here you are; it’s RHEUM and not pus or ‘eye pomade’ as others call it.

RHEUM

DADESEN

We know many people claim the correct English name of this common pot used in many homes in Ghana is “Iron Pot”. Sorry, but they’re wrong, the correct name is CAULDRON.

Dadesen is Cauldron
CAULDRON

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Rosemond Brown,a Ghanaian Actress, populary known as Akuapem Poloo has been sentenced to three months in prison by the Accra Circuit Court

The Court in its judgement explained that the reason behind this harsh judgement is to use this case to serve as deterrent to the general public.

The Court also disclosed that the pregnancy test of the accused was negative.

Around July last year, Akuapem Poloo engaged the wrong side of the law after she posted a partially nude photo of herself and her son online as part of her son’s 7th birthday.

She pleaded guilty to three charges leveled against her and this include

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  • Finally engaging in domestic violence which can dent the dignity of another human being.

On Wednesday, the Accra Circuit court convicted her  for publishing nude photos of herself and son.

The judge in her ruling explained that she will serve 90 days in jail simultaneously

It is reported that the accused, Akuapem Poloo broke down into tears after the sentencing.

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Prison Break : Over 1500 Inmates Escape Prison In Nigeria

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Information reaching Acostik.com indicates that over 1500 inmates have been freed at the Owerri Correctional Prison after a prison break spearheaded by unknown gunmen.

The perpetrators decimated the IMO State Police Command Headquarters situated in Owerri,burnt and destroyed vehicles and other properties they could lay hands on.

They did not end there,but went on to free suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Command.

According to sources close to the scene , the perpetrators invaded the premises on Monday morning, around 1am to 3am.

It is reported that the gunmen chanted at the Government House Roundabout for close to an hour before attacking the premises.

They meandered their way into the facility with the aid of explosives and dynamite and told the inmates to go home because Christ has resurrected and they therefore don’t have any reason to be there.

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Thief Trapped Inside Church After Robbery Goes Wrong

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Reports reaching Acostik.com  indicates that a thief, identified as Agyasuo, got trapped inside a church he tried to rob.

Agyasuo burgled a Catholic Church building in Techimantia, Tano South, Ghana. Witnesses close to the scene revealed that the thief created a hole with a chisel and hammer inside the ground floor of the locked storey building.

Residents saw him making the hole but chose to observe from afar. After making the hole, he climbed in and stole some money from the church. He is reported to have also stolen mobile phones and other accessories

However,he was unlucky enough as he could not manuever his way out .The residents alerted the caretaker of the building after he had been there for a while struggling .

The caretaker opened the door only to find the suspect trapped inside the hole.

As he begged to be let out, residents collected the offering money he stole first, while quizzing him.

In the video, Agyasuo was seen pleading for help, after he handed over the GH¢ 200.00 offertory he had stolen.

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