We; GHANASKY.COM and ACCRA24.COM visited a story about a man, most Ghanaians can not forget in the history of Ghana, and this man was His Excellency Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings. A fireman who was born on 22nd June 1947, therefore, he decided to use the same month for his JUNE 4th.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d'état in 1979 and, after initially handing power over to a civilian government, took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council. In 1992 Rawlings resigned from the Armed Forces, founded the National Democratic Congress and became the first president of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for a further four years. He currently serves as the African Union envoy to Somalia.
TODAY; as GHANASKY.COM analyst travel across the systems of life with scientific scanning covering or scrutinised, we came across Ex-President Rawlings talking about very sensitive facts, which our reports thought it will be good for Ghanaians to give their comments.
Rawlings who attempted a coup d'état on 15 May 1979, leading to a group of military personnel in a coup attempt on General Fred Akuffo which resulted in him being arrested, imprisoned and facing a death sentence, SAID the following:
"Speak your english over me, She spoke ewa, not so?. She is coming from a place where this is their language. Is like only those who can speak english can hear our people? NO! NO! NO!.This is who I am (JJ), do you understand? ahaa!!! So I am giving respect to my own language too. Any time you tune on the radio, is only TWI all the time, is not so?; is it english all the time?. They force us to speak the twi, to understand the twi, is not english, remember the first time, now you have to speak the twi. Every radio station have to use twi, if not, nobody will listen to you. So let us go and do sub-title for this language."
According to GHANASKY.COM and ACCRA24.COM analyst, Ghana colonial masters were not TWI speaking Nationals and therefore, english was the major means of education system in Ghana, whilse all the regions in Ghana used their regional language as the minor language in school. We remember, those days, when you speak local language, you will be strike or beat with a whip or stick, which is called " lashes".
Today, almost 80% of Ghanaians can not write and read local languages like Twi, Fanti, Ewe, Ga, Frafra etc. Even those who can speak, most of them are just "BROKEN TWI LANGUAGES".
So after years, Ex-President Rawlings is seeking for a change, he attacks how we use only one language to do things, which it is NOT possible to change.
Even if you visit Volta Region of Ghana, almost all radio stations in that region uses Ewe as means of broadcasting and Twi is not common there. Being in VOLTA Region is like walking in TOGO, all that you hear is ewe. Greater accra region is dominated by Akan-Twi speaking Ghanaians like Kwahu people, Ashanti's, Fantis, B/A people etc, so one doing business in such region will NOT uses ewa but rather other languages like Ga, Twi etc. Here comes Scale of preference in terms of language, list of products or services in the highest demand. Supply and demand is the basic concept.
Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), which is inhabited by about 4 million people, making it the second largest metropolitan conglomeration in Ghana by population, and the eleventh-largest metropolitan area in Africa.
The Ashanti Region has the highest population of 4.8 million, accounting for 19.4 per cent of the total population, followed by the Greater Accra Region with four million, representing 16.3 per cent, while the Upper West Region has the lowest population of 702,110.
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Source: ACCRA24.COM | GHANASKY.COM