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Twi, Ga, Fanti or Ewe – lets learn!!

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Lost In Translation, an investigative documentary which aired a few months ago on OHTV highlighted a predicament in the British-Ghanaian community in the UK – we were at risk f losing our rich cultural heritage and identity due the decline of Ghanaian languages. The documentary highlighted a growing trend of British born Ghanaians unable to speak any of the local languages primarily due to their parents or older generation failing to pass on the languages.

So if you’re in that category – a British born Ghanaian unable to speak you mother tongue such as Twi, Ga, Fante or Ewe, then fret not because  help is at hand!

The Ghanaian Language School in London offers classroom-based adult language courses in various Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Fanti, Ga and Ewe. The courses are offered on a part time basis and you have the option of a 10 or 20 week course. The lessons last two hours and takes place once a week, so it won’t cause any major interruptions of you have a busy schedule. Alternatively, the Ghanaian Language School also the Coffee Shop course – where classes are limited to just 5 people per session.

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However if the classroom setting doesn’t appeal to you, the school also offers private tuition for a more personalized individual learning experience.

For those of you who have businesses in Ghana and wish to learn the local languages, the school also offer corporate courses and interpretation services for businesses, charities, government bodies and private clients.

So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to speak a Ghanaian language then this is the perfect opportunity for you. There are still a few spaces left so head to their website to register your place on the course now!

http://theghanaianlanguageschool.com/our-services/adult-language-courses/

 

Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Touring Ghana – Part 3

Central Region

Land of the fante people, home to some of Ghana’s best preserved castles and world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and exciting festivals, the central region is known as the heartbeat of Ghana’s tourism, and a visit to this part of Ghana is a must for anyone with a passion for history and culture.

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Getting there

Getting to the central region is fairly easy if you’re travelling from Accra or Kumasi. STC buses to the region’s capital Cape Coast leaves twice a day from Accra, and from Kumasi there’s a daily bus to Cape Coast as well. Best way to get around when in the region is trotro (local buses) or taxi.

Where to stay

Being a coastal region, the central region has many fantastic beach resorts one can stay at affordable prices. These include the Brenu Beach Lodge, Oasis Beach Resort, Biriwa Beach Hotel, Kokodo Guest House, Baobab Guest House, Nokaans Hotel, Hans Cottage Botel and Pedu Guest House to name a few. For a taste of mouthwatering dishes (and continental food) these are the restaurants to head to: Castle Restaurant, Kokodo Restaurant, Coast to Coast, Hayford Lounge and Bar and Baobab House, all located in Cape Coast.

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Things to do

The central region was the former government centre of Gold Coast and Cape Coast the seat of British colonial administration thus the region is very much steeped in history. The coastline of the region is dotted with forts and castles, most notably Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, and Fort St Jago, which have been identified as World Heritage sites. For a small fee visit these places to discover the slave trade history of the region.

Not to be missed is the Donkor Nsuo (The Slave River) at Assin Manso, a place where slaves bathed in the river before they were taken to nearby Cape Coast and Elmina to be shipped off overseas.

Get stuck into the local culture by visiting the traditional fishing and crafts villages located in Winneba (famous for its fishing fleets, masquerade festivals and beautiful ceramics), Kromanste & Abandze (famous jazz player Louis Armstrong traced his ancestry here) and Gomma-Otsew-Jukwa (known for its fine pottery).

For beach lovers and those who want to get your surf on head to Brenu Beach, Breni Akyim, Gomoa Fetteh, Elmina and Winneba beaches, all dotted with palm trees, white sands and friendly locals.

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To observe nature at its best, head to Kakum National Park, where one can find diverse species of mammals, plants and insects. Activities offered at the park include walking tours, guided hiking, bird watching and the canopy walk for the brave and fearless (if you’re scared of heights this is NOT for you!)

Depending on what time you visit the region you can take part of the local festivals that happen all year round. These include the Fetu Afahye festival celebrated by the people of Cape Coast. Witness purification rites, procession of chiefs, drumming and dancing and firing of musketry. Another festival to look out for is the Akwambo festival celebrated by the people of Agona in the region.

Finally make sure you try some of the local dishes when touring the region. Dishes unique to this part of Ghana is fante kenkey, fufu and palmnut soup and eto (mashed yam or plantain eaten with peanuts and eggs)

So if you do decide to visit the central region, what I’ve touched on above are just a few of the things you can do in this part of Ghana. Happy touring!

 Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Ghanaian Language School Hosts Workshop’s on 7 &15 February

Whether its Twi, Ga or Fante you want to learn this workshop is for you

Are you Ghanaian but can’t speak any of the languages? Are you Ghanaian who can speak some of the languages but want to learn more? Are you a non Ghanaian emigrating to or have an interest in Ghana and would like to speak the language? or are you simply someone who wants to learn a new language?

Whatever your reason any there is always a good one to learn the language(s) of a country with a rich culture and heritage.

The Ghanaian Language School (GLS) was founded by a husband & wife; Ben & Naomi Fletcher who both have a passion for celebrating their cultural identity. They run the school alongside three senior language tutors with a similar passion of the culture and languages of Ghana and bringing these to life.

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On the 7th and 15th February the GLS will be hosting Interactive Language Workshops. These fun and informal Work Shops will teach the basics of Twi, Ga or Fante  and inform participants about the services they provide. There will also have plenty of opportunities to network and sample some Ghanaian delicacies.  The Twi Worskshop will take place on the 7th from 6.30-9pm at Derbyshire House, St Chad’s Street, London WC1H 8AG. For those who want to learn Fante or Ga a workshop will be taking place on 15th from 10am -1pm and 2pm-5pm respectively at OneKX, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BS

All are welcome! You do not need to speak the language/s to attend.

Tickets are £32. To find out more or to register for this event please click here using the code MFGFEB14 to receive £5 OFF. Or alternatively call 07985 142 949 or email info@theculturalgroup.com . There are limited spaces, and payment is not accepted on the door, so register now while you still can!

To find out more about the Ghanaian Language School’s courses and events please visit their website: www.theghanaianlanguageschool.com.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)