by Daniel Bonsu
Pidgin unites like no other. There have been many times that a well-timed outburst in broken English, popularly known as pidgin, has saved me and certainly many other young Ghanaians certain blushes. From abusive headmasters, to nosy foreigners, pidgin is that dirty word your nosy little brother wants to learn but can’t because the young padwan or "jedi" would need to pick it up on his own. “Den tins some,” (“It’s one of those things”).
Now picture this. There are several unique pidgin terminologies that span different high schools, districts and regions in Ghana but for some weird reason we all understand each other. “Like wosop”? “My brain deh bust” just thinking about it. In Achimota where I had my high school education, we had the weirdest terms likewise Botwe, Pojoss, Abugiss, Presec and many other high schools but by some unique force of alignment we all understood each other when we spoke various renditions of our broken English.
Then the issue of how the pidgin language destroys our normal English language. “I no deh bab” (I don't understand) because I could come out of an exhaustive class discussion on the pros and cons of Marxism, IN PIDGIN, and ace the subsequent paper in well written normal English. For some of us, pidgin helps us to get our thoughts out quicker and gather ideas with more ease.
Pidgin may not work for everyone, but for some of us who remember the story of the Tower of Babel from the Bible, pidgin English is not just another language for communication but a unique imprint on every Ghanaian, an imprint that will last for generations to come.
I love meeting new people. I am a photo blogger. I tell stories of people I meet by the roadside. Actually anywhere really. After I tell it I try and help or support or empower. It can be in any form. Donation. Encouragement. Connection to a potential mentor. I work with a lot of NGOs. Free digital strategy for their organizations. Why? Because I can. Here are some of the images of the beautiful people I meet.
Visiting kids at Adaklu-sofa in the Volta Region with Pencils of Promise Ghana.
Mentoring kids/youth with LEAP Africa at Konko Village in the Eastern Region. This was during an outdoor activity.
George Sarfo, a 17 year old native of Berekuso village in the Eastern Region and his wooden remote control car.
About the author: Over the last two years Daniel Adae Bonsu has word to help other young people improve their understanding of ways to address the problems they see through engagement in the creative arts, digital solutions and entrepreneurship. He is a recent graduate with a Management Information Systems degree at Ashesi University in Ghana. Daniel strongly believes that young people have the power to influence the world. You can follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or visit his website here.