HAPPY DEATHDAY Featuring Kafui Danku, Nana Ama McBrown, Alex Ekubo, James Gardiner & Others to Be Premiered on November 14 in Accra


Happy DEATHDAY
Happy DEATHDAY

After the success of her recent self-produced movie-Devil in a Dress, actress /producer-Kafui Danku has pulled together some of Africa’s ‘trending’ actors for her new movie which employs some sort of oxymoron as its title-HAPPY DEATHDAY.

Directed by Kobi Rana of ‘Kiss Me If You Can’ fame, the movie features talented Ghanaian actress-Nana Ama McBrown, former Big Brother housemate-Elikem Kumordzie, Alex Ekubo, James Gardiner, Too Sweet, Kafui Danku and others…Perhaps, I should also mention that the movie features Ghana’s dancehall artiste-Stonebwoy (real name Livingstone Etse Satekla).

HAPPY DEATHDAY will receive a red carpet premiere on 14 November, 2014 at the SilverBird Cinemas at the Accra Mall & Weija (6:20pm and 9:20 pm)—and before the showing, a special photo session will be held to give fans the opportunity to pose with the movie stars for pictures.

In HAPPY DEATHDAY, “a group of young friends in their quest to give their mate a memorable birthday end up in massive danger. With the vice president and the law involved, only the craziest can survive. In a world of mistakes and accidents, disaster is inevitable but how do we control damage without being damaged? “

Check out the trailer of HAPPY DEATHDAY below…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jq9E33Gydk

Premiere Info:

Date: 14th November, 2014

Venue: SilverBird Cinemas-Accra Mall & Weija

Time: 6:20pm and 9:20pm

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    1. You’re proof that every good gene pool has a shallow end. Stupid being, you can’t fool us with your plenty names in here, always parading the site 24/7 without any tangible comments. No one hates ewes than your homeless body who can’t resist the site without insults. You always appears with lots of names just to insult now you’ve proven your level of mediocrity.

      1. Lol, why are you so hurt about people expressing their honest views about your s h i t t y tribe? yes it’s me base, what now?

        1. Your tense and grammar tho? Don’t you think it will benefit you when you read instead of hating on someone’s tribe? just my 2 cents.

        1. damn u only created an accounts today and only think you can think of is to insult huh? This is serious, are u sure you are not a ghost?

        2. But the amateurs are laughing their way to the bank and you are behind your PC envying them. My dear jealousy and hate is such an ugly disease. Uneducated people like you are the reason why Ghana is so backwards. I am an EWE and very much Proud of it. I would not want to change it for anything. I love my brothers and sisters from all the regions in Ghana. Dont bother responding to me because i will not respond back to a non entity

          1. f o o l i s h non-Ghanaian like you chatting s h i t about other tribes being uneducated. You wished the other tribes loved you, but no they don’t and that’s the way it’ll always be.

          2. I am an ashanti aka illest kumasiano in the blog, precisely from mampong nsuta. I love and respect ewes so much. They are part of us, we share the same blood, same air and same ideas. If you dislike them speak for your self and allow others to express their views. This is the dumbest comment ever, your expression and level of intelligence is too poor to be on here. I doubt if you completed your basic training through Junior highschool. Be wise and open doors for your follow ghanaian. Hating on innocent people would never bring you success. I can smell lots of bitterness in you, if you cant get a proper cure go on the knees and ask God for help. You surely needs help in life. good night.

          3. Jay, the guy dey shock me waa. Ghana cannot be held down by tribalism. We are moving forward. You either come on board or continue living in the past.

          4. That was the best statement ever. Please keep it up and don’t waste your precious time responding to these fools. We are all one in sight of God.

    2. This is bar FAR the dumbest comment ever made on this site! Like it freekin matters where an actors is from! Wat BS I’m not even from Ghana jus find such tribalistic comments Stupid n ignorant. Get a freekin life!

      1. bravoooooooooooo she needs a freaking life for real. Damn it. Her hatred and attacks on the tribe is so uncalled for. I just pity her so much.

    1. You’re proof that every good gene pool has a shallow end. Stupid being, you can’t fool us with your plenty names in here, always parading the site 24/7 without any tangible comments. No one hates ewes than your homeless body who can’t resist the site without insults. You always appears with lots of names just to insult now you’ve proven your level of mediocrity.

      1. Lol, why are you so hurt about people expressing their honest views about your s h i t t y tribe? yes it’s me base, what now?

        1. Your tense and grammar tho? Don’t you think it will benefit you when you read instead of hating on someone’s tribe? just my 2 cents.

        1. damn u only created an accounts today and only think you can think of is to insult huh? This is serious, are u sure you are not a ghost?

        2. But the amateurs are laughing their way to the bank and you are behind your PC envying them. My dear jealousy and hate is such an ugly disease. Uneducated people like you are the reason why Ghana is so backwards. I am an EWE and very much Proud of it. I would not want to change it for anything. I love my brothers and sisters from all the regions in Ghana. Dont bother responding to me because i will not respond back to a non entity

          1. f o o l i s h non-Ghanaian like you chatting s h i t about other tribes being uneducated. You wished the other tribes loved you, but no they don’t and that’s the way it’ll always be.

          2. I am an ashanti aka illest kumasiano in the blog, precisely from mampong nsuta. I love and respect ewes so much. They are part of us, we share the same blood, same air and same ideas. If you dislike them speak for your self and allow others to express their views. This is the dumbest comment ever, your expression and level of intelligence is too poor to be on here. I doubt if you completed your basic training through Junior highschool. Be wise and open doors for your follow ghanaian. Hating on innocent people would never bring you success. I can smell lots of bitterness in you, if you cant get a proper cure go on the knees and ask God for help. You surely needs help in life. good night.

          3. That was the best statement ever. Please keep it up and don’t waste your precious time responding to these fools. We are all one in sight of God.

    2. This is bar FAR the dumbest comment ever made on this site! Like it freekin matters where an actors is from! Wat BS I’m not even from Ghana jus find such tribalistic comments Stupid n ignorant. Get a freekin life!

      1. bravoooooooooooo she needs a freaking life for real. Damn it. Her hatred and attacks on the tribe is so uncalled for. I just pity her so much.

    1. whats with you and ewe? You insulted us on politics, shirley’s movies and now this. Be very civil in your comments. From the look above i suspect you are the same person as base pretending to dislike us. We should all bring unity to our mother Ghana. Does our tribes matter in movie acting, if an ignorant being like you look down upon us then how do you expect the whites, Caucasians and other ethnicity to give our nation the respect? You are not polished in any way, i am not surprised your photo above defines the kind of manners your parents inspired around you. As i mention on that article, learn to reason up by cursing the stinky sperms that germinate a seed to form you. ugly girl with no life. Continue to spend all your life over ghanacelebrities while we ewes makes our pounds and dollars

        1. Is uncivilized the only english word with you? lmao from Bernice, rage, i am that i am, base, stripper and now on the bend. You seems to enjoy the word uncivilized paa. Maybe you should change all your names to uncivilized. Leave Ewes alone and get busy with your life.

          1. yeah here you go again mentioning names… how do you know i’m the same person using all those names? what shows? at the end of the day aren’t we all anonymous users just passing by to give our comments?

    2. Is twi the only tribe in ghana? nonsence can’t ewes do whatever they want in their language. Your IQ level must be low to make such comment.

    1. whats with you and ewe? You insulted us on politics, shirley’s movies and now this. Be very civil in your comments. From the look above i suspect you are the same person as base pretending to dislike us. We should all bring unity to our mother Ghana. Does our tribes matter in movie acting, if an ignorant being like you look down upon us then how do you expect the whites, Caucasians and other ethnicity to give our nation the respect? You are not polished in any way, i am not surprised your photo above defines the kind of manners your parents inspired around you. As i mention on that article, learn to reason up by cursing the stinky sperms that germinate a seed to form you. ugly girl with no life. Continue to spend all your life over ghanacelebrities while we ewes makes our pounds and dollars

        1. Is uncivilized the only english word with you? lmao from Bernice, rage, i am that i am, base, stripper and now on the bend. You seems to enjoy the word uncivilized paa. Maybe you should change all your names to uncivilized. Leave Ewes alone and get busy with your life.

          1. yeah here you go again mentioning names… how do you know i’m the same person using all those names? what shows? at the end of the day aren’t we all anonymous users just passing by to give our comments?

    2. Is twi the only tribe in ghana? nonsence can’t ewes do whatever they want in their language. Your IQ level must be low to make such comment.

  1. These voltarians are trying way too hard to gain significance in an already Akan dominated society where no one gives a hoot about them. Inward-lookers..

    1. From base, rage stripper, i am that i am and now on the bend hehehe quiet interesting chic. Be you, be truthful, open the heart and learn to be civil. you are obviously suffering from clue deficit disorder. Just shut up and find somehing to do with your life. Kafui my ewe sister is balling and blessed how about you? stinky siano.

      1. f o o l, what names are those? don’t even associate me with them cos i know nothing about them. The fact that someone insulted u people doesn’t mean they’re always the same peopel hiding behind different names. lol, you call a prostitute f*cking in a movie blessed? stupid ewes as usual.

          1. You didn’t had to type all this. Doing so give her the balls to do more insults. what she wrote above isn’t funny as you make it seem. I am very disappointed at you on this. You should have ignored if you truly not against ewes. No insults intended only being real here. thank you

  2. These voltarians are trying way too hard to gain significance in an already Akan dominated society where no one gives a hoot about them. Inward-lookers..

    1. From base, rage stripper, i am that i am and now on the bend hehehe quiet interesting chic. Be you, be truthful, open the heart and learn to be civil. you are obviously suffering from clue deficit disorder. Just shut up and find somehing to do with your life. Kafui my ewe sister is balling and blessed how about you? stinky siano.

      1. f o o l, what names are those? don’t even associate me with them cos i know nothing about them. The fact that someone insulted u people doesn’t mean they’re always the same peopel hiding behind different names. lol, you call a prostitute f*cking in a movie blessed? stupid ewes as usual.

          1. You didn’t had to type all this. Doing so give her the balls to do more insults. what she wrote above isn’t funny as you make it seem. I am very disappointed at you on this. You should have ignored if you truly not against ewes. No insults intended only being real here. thank you

  3. i support Kafui and her contribution to the film industry…for those who don’t know ewes are very instrumental in the ghanaian art industry for many years now and many many years to come….and they are very excellent with their acts…

    but seriously, whats all these s*x scene movies…its no fun pls…it looks like nana ama mcbrown is trying to break into the english movie industry again….lets not forget that over the past few years she’s only been in twi movies…hopefully she don’t fake her accent to fit in…they need to bring more twi actors into the english movie industry like emelia brobbey, vivian jill lawrence, martha arthur, ellen white, portia asare, bill asamoah, etc. to limit the annoying everyday english actors we see on our screens….#mytwocents

  4. i support Kafui and her contribution to the film industry…for those who don’t know ewes are very instrumental in the ghanaian art industry for many years now and many many years to come….and they are very excellent with their acts…

    but seriously, whats all these s*x scene movies…its no fun pls…it looks like nana ama mcbrown is trying to break into the english movie industry again….lets not forget that over the past few years she’s only been in twi movies…hopefully she don’t fake her accent to fit in…they need to bring more twi actors into the english movie industry like emelia brobbey, vivian jill lawrence, martha arthur, ellen white, portia asare, bill asamoah, etc. to limit the annoying everyday english actors we see on our screens….#mytwocents

  5. The tribal nonsense must stop now. Why do some people always bring tribe into everything? Ghana is bigger than any tribe!! Grow up already little kids.

      1. ewes not included. please read their history first before you consider them as one of us. by the way i’m not a girl like many people wrongly assume.

        1. Since you know the Ewe history so much can you kindly teach us some history lesson? It looks like you have deep hatred for them for no reason.

        2. You are not a girl? awurade, which guy in his normal prick would hate others like how you doing? You are lying your evil behavior is purely a female.

        3. Could you or someone else please explain why there is so much hatred towards Ewe’s and what kind of history they have. I am Ghanaian born in Germany, so I don’t really know. I used to have an Ewe boyfriend but my mum hated him because of his tribe. She said it’s an abomination. I really would like to know, what the problem is because I really see every tribe as Ghanaian.

          1. Let me start off by saying that, your mom is a closed minded bigot. Although, she lives abroad but she is still not enlighten. If you are dating a guy from another tribe and he treats you right and takes good care of you and u think you guy’s are compatible, I don’t see the reason why you should break up with him, regardless of what others may think. Anyways, the hatred for the Ewe’s started long time ago. Believe it or not the Asante’s and the Ewe’s were once allies. They helped each other in battle, until the Asante’s rebelled against the Ewe’s and the two tribes ended up fighting each other. Rumors has it that the Ewe’s however defeated the Asante’s and took some of their people captives. To this present day there are still Ewe’s in Volta region with Asante ancestry. They are technically Asante’s but they can’t go back to the Asante region. Well, the current hatred for Ewe’s intensified due to political dominance among the two tribes. What makes matters worse is when Victor Owusu used the infamous derogatory term “inward-looking” to describe Ewe’s. The Ewe’s didn’t take it kindly when he used that word to describe them and it end up deepening the wound between those two tribe’s. And also, when Rawlings came to power, in his quest to ride the nation of corruption, he ended up committed a lot of heinous crimes against Akans in general. So he basically turned all the Akans against the Ewe’s. That’s the reason why most Akans especially the Asante’s hate Ewe’s. So, my dear Coco, as you can see, all the hatred between Ewe’s and Asante’s has everything to do with politics and nothing else.

          2. Thank you very much. Well we had issues sometimes because of my mum but that wasn’t the main issue. I got pregnant (not intenationally) and my parents forced me to abort it, that’s when he got fed up. I asked her many times why she doesn’t like Ewe’s but she never gave me a plausible answer, always excuses. I think my mum is not open-minded. For example she doesn’t want me to date a Nigerian men… It’s really annoying due to the fact, that I don’t care about, where a man comes from. Only love counts!

          3. Yes, you are open minded because you weren’t born in Ghana. If you were born here in Ghana, you would have been taught to hate certain tribes since from childhood. Anyway, as for your mum she can never give you any plausible reason because there is none. The truth of the matter is that, she was also told by her parents to stay away from Ewe’s for no reason. So she has to make sure she pass it onto you, hoping that, you will also pass it onto your children. Africans are the most superstitious people on earth. They don’t ask questions, they just do what they are told. Love is greater than anything in the world, even Jesus Christ attest to that. Don’t let anyone take away from you anything that you find happiness in. Your mother doesn’t like Ewe’s and Nigerian’s base on the actions of few or probably a hearsay. If you go home with a white man and introduce him as your boyfriend I bet you, your mother will jump in joy although the white man is from a different race. That is what inferiority complex can do. We hate our own kind due to little indifference but embrace someone who is totally different. Have a nice day!!

          4. There was an article on GC few days ago, and it reads; It is obvious that today’s people have become the product of weird dogmatic practices without pausing for a moment to scrutinize why things are the way they are. We strictly follow and adhere to principles pertaining to traditions, religion, politics and other systems blindly because “that is the norm.

            The above quote is exactly how the Ewe’s and the Asante feud has become. An Asante parent will advice his/her kids not to play or mingle with Ewe’s because they’re bad people. And the Ewe parent will also his/her their kids not to mingle with Asante kids because they’re bad people. And guess what? No one dares question their parents why they have to stay away from certain tribes. Even If you finally master the courage to ask the darnedest question, you will never be given a tangible reason- that’s because they have no reason at all. You know why? Because they were also taught by their parents to stay away from certain tribes for no apparent reason. And the norm continues from generation to generation. Parents sow seed of hatred in the hearts of their kids from childhood and they grow up with it, that’s why you see a lot of resentment towards the Ewe’s on this site. Some Asante’s are also of the view that, all Ewe’s practice juju. To be honest, that is based on the fact that some Ewe’s have actually killed people with juju. So there is this fear that if you offend an Ewe man, he will kill you with juju. Although, not all Ewe’s believe in juju but they’re all lumped together as juju worshipers. Ok Now, let’s fast forward to the Asante’s. There is these belief that, witchcraft is very common among the Asante’s. And that is also based on the fact that, some people have experienced firsthand witchcraft within the ashanti community. And also, quite a large percentage of kumawood movies are mostly about witchcraft.

    1. I think the girl just have a major issue with ewes. Such girls do that due to numerous heart breaks. Her comments are all over the place, i am an ashanti i’ve never experience such hatred on any website before. This is quiet strange

  6. The tribal nonsense must stop now. Why do some people always bring tribe into everything? Ghana is bigger than any tribe!! Grow up already little kids.

      1. ewes not included. please read their history first before you consider them as one of us. by the way i’m not a girl like many people wrongly assume.

        1. Since you know the Ewe history so much can you kindly teach us some history lesson? It looks like you have deep hatred for them for no reason.

        2. You are not a girl? awurade, which guy in his normal prick would hate others like how you doing? You are lying your evil behavior is purely a female.

        3. Could you or someone else please explain why there is so much hatred towards Ewe’s and what kind of history they have. I am Ghanaian born in Germany, so I don’t really know. I used to have an Ewe boyfriend but my mum hated him because of his tribe. She said it’s an abomination. I really would like to know, what the problem is because I really see every tribe as Ghanaian.

          1. Let me start off by saying that, your mom is a closed minded bigot. Although, she lives abroad but she is still not enlighten. If you are dating a guy from another tribe and he treats you right and takes good care of you and u think you guy’s are compatible, I don’t see the reason why you should break up with him, regardless of what others may think. Anyways, the hatred for the Ewe’s started long time ago. Believe it or not the Asante’s and the Ewe’s were once allies. They helped each other in battle, until the Asante’s rebelled against the Ewe’s and the two tribes ended up fighting each other. Rumors has it that the Ewe’s however defeated the Asante’s and took some of their people captives. To this present day there are still Ewe’s in Volta region with Asante ancestry. They are technically Asante’s but they can’t go back to the Asante region. Well, the current hatred for Ewe’s intensified due to political dominance among the two tribes. What makes matters worse is when Victor Owusu used the infamous derogatory term “inward-looking” to describe Ewe’s. The Ewe’s didn’t take it kindly when he used that word to describe them and it end up deepening the wound between those two tribe’s. And also, when Rawlings came to power, in his quest to ride the nation of corruption, he ended up committed a lot of heinous crimes against Akans in general. So he basically turned all the Akans against the Ewe’s. That’s the reason why most Akans especially the Asante’s hate Ewe’s. So, my dear Coco, as you can see, all the hatred between Ewe’s and Asante’s has everything to do with politics and nothing else.

          2. Thank you very much. Well we had issues sometimes because of my mum but that wasn’t the main issue. I got pregnant (not intenationally) and my parents forced me to abort it, that’s when he got fed up. I asked her many times why she doesn’t like Ewe’s but she never gave me a plausible answer, always excuses. I think my mum is not open-minded. For example she doesn’t want me to date a Nigerian men… It’s really annoying due to the fact, that I don’t care about, where a man comes from. Only love counts!

          3. Yes, you are open minded because you weren’t born in Ghana. If you were born here in Ghana, you would have been taught to hate certain tribes since from childhood. Anyway, as for your mum she can never give you any plausible reason because there is none. The truth of the matter is that, she was also told by her parents to stay away from Ewe’s for no reason. So she has to make sure she pass it onto you, hoping that, you will also pass it onto your children. Africans are the most superstitious people on earth. They don’t ask questions, they just do what they are told. Love is greater than anything in the world, even Jesus Christ attest to that. Don’t let anyone take away from you anything that you find happiness in. Your mother doesn’t like Ewe’s and Nigerian’s base on the actions of few or probably a hearsay. If you go home with a white man and introduce him as your boyfriend I bet you, your mother will jump in joy although the white man is from a different race. That is what inferiority complex can do. We hate our own kind due to little indifference but embrace someone who is totally different. Have a nice day!!

          4. There was an article on GC few days ago, and it reads; It is obvious that today’s people have become the product of weird dogmatic practices without pausing for a moment to scrutinize why things are the way they are. We strictly follow and adhere to principles pertaining to traditions, religion, politics and other systems blindly because “that is the norm.

            The above quote is exactly how the Ewe’s and the Asante feud has become. An Asante parent will advice his/her kids not to play or mingle with Ewe’s because they’re bad people. And the Ewe parent will also his/her their kids not to mingle with Asante kids because they’re bad people. And guess what? No one dares question their parents why they have to stay away from certain tribes. Even If you finally master the courage to ask the darnedest question, you will never be given a tangible reason- that’s because they have no reason at all. You know why? Because they were also taught by their parents to stay away from certain tribes for no apparent reason. And the norm continues from generation to generation. Parents sow seed of hatred in the hearts of their kids from childhood and they grow up with it, that’s why you see a lot of resentment towards the Ewe’s on this site. Some Asante’s are also of the view that, all Ewe’s practice juju. To be honest, that is based on the fact that some Ewe’s have actually killed people with juju. So there is this fear that if you offend an Ewe man, he will kill you with juju. Although, not all Ewe’s believe in juju but they’re all lumped together as juju worshipers. Ok Now, let’s fast forward to the Asante’s. There is these belief that, witchcraft is very common among the Asante’s. And that is also based on the fact that, some people have experienced firsthand witchcraft within the ashanti community. And also, quite a large percentage of kumawood movies are mostly about witchcraft.

    1. I think the girl just have a major issue with ewes. Such girls do that due to numerous heart breaks. Her comments are all over the place, i am an ashanti i’ve never experience such hatred on any website before. This is quiet strange

  7. Lol. Everything on this site somehow turns out to be the fault of Ewe people :'( . Btw who knows the song title/artiste of the soundtrack? Sounds really good. Love it!

  8. Lol. Everything on this site somehow turns out to be the fault of Ewe people :'( . Btw who knows the song title/artiste of the soundtrack? Sounds really good. Love it!

  9. Ewe this, Ewe that, is Ewe the most hated tribe in GH? Am just asking ooo.
    BTW, I will watch this movie only b’cos of Nana Ama

  10. Ewe this, Ewe that, is Ewe the most hated tribe in GH? Am just asking ooo.
    BTW, I will watch this movie only b’cos of Nana Ama

  11. Oh hell no, not again. Now am not finding this site funny at all. Only the ignorant ones starts a war using tribes. Everyone who’s against ewe should exist out and read some text books. They also part of us, i live and share a bowl with them. Nothing is harmless in their midst.

  12. Oh hell no, not again. Now am not finding this site funny at all. Only the ignorant ones starts a war using tribes. Everyone who’s against ewe should exist out and read some text books. They also part of us, i live and share a bowl with them. Nothing is harmless in their midst.

  13. This tribalism is killing our dear Nation..can’t u see Ghana is sinking guys, please let’s all come together as one people ‘cos’ Divided we Fall United we STAND.

    1. u and who should come together. Lol, keep on dreaming. do your research and find out which tribe in Ghana is the most inward-looking and you’d know why we’re sinking.

  14. This tribalism is killing our dear Nation..can’t u see Ghana is sinking guys, please let’s all come together as one people ‘cos’ Divided we Fall United we STAND.

    1. u and who should come together. Lol, keep on dreaming. do your research and find out which tribe in Ghana is the most inward-looking and you’d know why we’re sinking.

  15. This article is dedicated to base: must read!!

    This question is really unnecessary and should not be asked. But, sometimes, it becomes necessary to remind us that we are ALL Ghanaians! It will need a little dip into our history – not the short one by W. E. F. Ward we all read as students long ago or anything by Adu Boahen but a more common one found on most Ghanaian websites.

    Every school boy and girl in Ghana knows that the nation state that is today called Ghana is a concoction that is the result of the arbitrary (to us) decisions of European powers that were far stronger than us. Modern Ghana is made up of four, somewhat disjointed, units that came together to get independence on March 6th, 1957. Before that day, there was no Ghana. All these four disparate units became Ghana at one and the same time. These four units had been acquired through various treaties, conquests, and plain treachery and theft by the British. Perhaps the first, in the manner in which such things can be said, was the Gold Coast colony proper which consisted of the coastal states with the first official acknowledgement of British control made when the Fante chiefs were tricked into signing a bond with the British in 1844. The coastal states were the first because these blokes came by sea and started bullying the guys they met on the coast. Then they moved into the hinterland and the heartland of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashantis fought many brave wars against the invaders but by 1901, the kingdom had come under British control. The British had a much easier time with the north as they smooth-talked their way into convincing the northern chiefs to give up some of their powers to them in exchange for protection – the usual excuse for usurpation.

    The history books place the erstwhile Trans-Volta Togoland as the fourth unit that made up our country because this area was never a British colony. This, perhaps, is the reason why some people think the Ewes were the last to join Ghana but the situation is far less clear cut than that. The British and the French, seeing that Germany was going to lose the First World War simply moved in to occupy the German colony that was called Togoland as part of their war against the Germans. They took over – just like that! Without consulting the people who lived there, they divided the area between themselves with the French taking the larger portion and waited for the newly formed League of Nations (where they were dominant), to formally transfer control of the areas to them as trustees. Differences in the colonial policies between the two powers meant that they treated the colonies trusted to them in slightly different ways. Whereas the French were stupidly trying to assimilate these black people into their culture, the British were aware of the fact that they could not hold on to their “possessions” forever and when Gold Coast agitation for independence became stronger they were willing to let go. It was also in their interest to let the territory trusted to them remain under British influence after they had left. The plebiscite of 1956 was manipulated by the British who allowed Nkrumah to campaign in the area when he really had nothing to do there.

    But the lie as to whether the Ewes were the last to join up is seen in the status of the coastal areas of the present day Volta Region. These are made up of the Anlos (from which the Ashanti corruption, Awuna, is derived). The area was bought by the British from the Danes on 30th March 1850 in a sale that included all the Danish Gold Coast Settlements which were then incorporated into British Gold Coast. The Anlos were, thus, at no time in history under the Germans and at no time a part of the German territory known as Togoland. Moreover, the area came under formal British control long before the British signed treaties with the Ashanti Kingdom and the chiefs of the Northern territories. Nobody can, therefore, state that the Anlos were never originally part of something that eventually became Ghana or that they were immigrants from Togo! As for the Trans-Volta Togoland, appended to the Gold Coast since around 1916, the area was not made up of only Ewes but stretched beyond Eastern Gonjaland in today’s Northern Region to Pusiga on the Upper Volta border. Even the Ewes of TVT, who had voted not to continue as an integral part of the Gold Coast, gritted their teeth after the bitter disappointment of a defeat they saw as a stolen victory, stayed on in the new nation and contributed their fair share to the national effort as diligently as any other Ghanaian! They didn’t come from anywhere to join anybody but stayed put on their God-given land, powerless against the machinations of more powerful actors.

    But all this discussion of who was where first or last should really be made with shame. Nobody should gloat over the fact that his tribe was first or second when our country is the result of colonialism and all its adverse effects that didn’t allow us to find our own path to nationhood. After all, before the white man came, there was widespread interaction among the tribes in the areas, be it through war and conquest, trade, alliances, strategic marriages, or whatever. That is how nations evolve. Why should we celebrate the colonialists’ efforts in making an artificial country that is today called Ghana? We can only accept the blend that is our country as a fait accompli and work hard to make it good for us all.

    The Volta Region was created after independence when all the Ewes were brought together in one region. Parts of the erstwhile TVT were removed into today’s Northern Region. The divisions were more sensitive to the tribal groupings in the area than the colonialist creation of our country. But the Volta Region contains much more than the Ewes with many other tribes speaking other languages and an area in and around Kadjebi where the people speak Twi as their first language. For a long time, Ghana was made up of eight regions. The Volta Region was not the ninth region created since the region was one of these eight regions. The derogatory Nr 9 that others call the region is not out of any sense of “lastness” but because the region’s area code is 09 just as some years ago, in certain European countries, you might hit 009 to make an international call. Other accounts say the region got the nickname ”number nine” from the serial number, 9, of the beauty queen, Miss Monica Amekuafia from Alavanyo, who represented the region and won the first ever Miss Ghana competition held sometime in the early 60s.

    The present political tension (I view it as political, not individual) between the Ashanti and the Ewe seems to be directed more at the Anlos than the northern Ewe perhaps because Rawlings’ mother is Anlo. Many Ashantis still regard all Ewes as a monolithic unit, which is just as well, since all the Ewes in Ghana regard themselves as one, somehow, more than the various Akan groups do. But, in actual fact, there are more variants of the Ewe language than there are of the Akan language even though there are more Akans than there are Ewes. Yet there is only one written form of Ewe with one alphabet. At the same time, it appears the Ewes are more cognisant of the differences among the Akans than Akans are of the differences among Ewes.

    Germany has had a very special relationship with Ghana as it has with Togo. Much of this is due to the sentiments left after their colonial adventures in West Africa. One would think there would be many Ghanaian Ewes in Germany today but there are, in fact, more Ashantis in that country than Ewes. As elsewhere outside Ghana, the typical Ashanti in Germany will start speaking Twi to anybody they meet who says he comes from Ghana irrespective of where in Ghana that person comes from. I have met a few (just a few) Ashantis in Europe who express surprise that a person coming from Ghana cannot speak Twi. This is something that doesn’t quite go down well with many non Twi speakers, even those who speak the language well. But that is only a minor irritation. Often, when I ask my Akan friends why they do not try to speak just a wee bit of my language, they respond dismissively (and at times condescendingly) that my language is too difficult and go on to call Aflao – Aplau and say SogakoPe.

    There are too many examples of the adverse effects of tribal strife in modern Africa. The Nigerian civil war saw many deaths and a lot of suffering because one tribe felt threatened in the federation and would no longer want to be part of it. In Rwanda the Tutsis and Hutus speak the same language, live next to each other and attend the same churches yet set on each other with machetes and did not stop until nearly a million lay dead. In Kenya the largest tribe, Kikuyu, would vow that they would never let an uncircumcised Luo rule them and perniciously overturned the true verdict of the people. The resultant conflagration left more than a thousand dead within days. Nearer home in Ivory Coast, a man was prevented from becoming president because he was alleged to have come from a neighbouring country with the whole thing leading to a bloody civil war the likes of which we never want to see in our country. We in Ghana are determined to do everything to prevent such things from happening to us. We have the goodwill to do so. That is why such talk as parents of a certain tribe raising their children to hate people of another tribe, or violence of a certain type common only to a certain tribe but not to others, made without any credible evidence and meant to stoke the embers of tribalism, is a crock of nonsense.

    The political parties have the biggest role to play in keeping our country united. We are now enjoying our multi-party democracy which is increasingly becoming the envy of our neighbours. But it will be wrong to think that democracy can solve all our problems. Democracy may be the best form of government available (or the worst form except for all others that have been tried, in Winston Churchill’s formulation) but it is not a perfect system and may not always produce the right results especially in our peculiar circumstances. That is why it may become necessary to tweak it a little bit and nudge it into one direction or the other. We do not have to change the ground rules to achieve this but our parties should be led by men and women who understand certain things. For instance, even though our constitution specifically prohibits parties based on ethnic and regional grounds (Article 55, (4)), it does not prescribe a rotational presidency but it will be up to the parties themselves to ensure that they have such a broad based organisation that the top post in the party cannot effectively be limited to one dominant tribe.

    I am often, when it comes to these matters, reminded of Ephraim Amu, a man born in Peki and baptised by a German pastor at a time when the Germans controlled his village and much of present day northern Volta Region. Amu would come of age at the time the British were taking over control of his village and he would walk the 150 miles from Peki Avetile to attend the Training College at Abetifi in the then Gold Coast. He would later teach at the Presbyterian Training College in Akropong where he would master the Twi language so well that he would teach the grammar to the natives! A gifted musician, he composed Yen ara asaase ni originally in Ewe as Denyigba way back in the 1940s to be sung as a counter to the colonial anthem, God Save the King. Amu’s song, as we all know, has become the most beloved tune in our country. It is loved even more than our national anthem whose original text (Lift High the Flag of Ghana) was set to music by yet another Eυe – Philip Gbeho. I have always felt that the lyrics of the Eυe original of Amu’s tune express a greater nationalist ethos than the more popular Twi translation. Mia denyigba lolo la (This, our beloved homeland), dear reader, is rendered in Twi merely as: Yen ara asaase ni (This is our own land). And whereas the Ewe original, in telling us that our fore-fathers laid down their lives for the land, reminds us it is now our turn to also do all that we can (… miawo miato sinu) for this very land, the Twi translation only requests of us to add something (… yebeye bi atoa so) to the efforts of our forebears. Hush… I shouldn’t be too hard on a translator faced with the difficult task of finding words that fit the tune and at the same time convey the sentiments of the original. And the Twi version does contain some very heavy formulations. No matter in which language you look at it, we are all still reminded of our belonging to the same country with a shared history and a common destiny. And whether this, our beloved homeland (oman no), turns out good or bad that is how it will be for us all.

  16. This article is dedicated to base: must read!!

    This question is really unnecessary and should not be asked. But, sometimes, it becomes necessary to remind us that we are ALL Ghanaians! It will need a little dip into our history – not the short one by W. E. F. Ward we all read as students long ago or anything by Adu Boahen but a more common one found on most Ghanaian websites.

    Every school boy and girl in Ghana knows that the nation state that is today called Ghana is a concoction that is the result of the arbitrary (to us) decisions of European powers that were far stronger than us. Modern Ghana is made up of four, somewhat disjointed, units that came together to get independence on March 6th, 1957. Before that day, there was no Ghana. All these four disparate units became Ghana at one and the same time. These four units had been acquired through various treaties, conquests, and plain treachery and theft by the British. Perhaps the first, in the manner in which such things can be said, was the Gold Coast colony proper which consisted of the coastal states with the first official acknowledgement of British control made when the Fante chiefs were tricked into signing a bond with the British in 1844. The coastal states were the first because these blokes came by sea and started bullying the guys they met on the coast. Then they moved into the hinterland and the heartland of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashantis fought many brave wars against the invaders but by 1901, the kingdom had come under British control. The British had a much easier time with the north as they smooth-talked their way into convincing the northern chiefs to give up some of their powers to them in exchange for protection – the usual excuse for usurpation.

    The history books place the erstwhile Trans-Volta Togoland as the fourth unit that made up our country because this area was never a British colony. This, perhaps, is the reason why some people think the Ewes were the last to join Ghana but the situation is far less clear cut than that. The British and the French, seeing that Germany was going to lose the First World War simply moved in to occupy the German colony that was called Togoland as part of their war against the Germans. They took over – just like that! Without consulting the people who lived there, they divided the area between themselves with the French taking the larger portion and waited for the newly formed League of Nations (where they were dominant), to formally transfer control of the areas to them as trustees. Differences in the colonial policies between the two powers meant that they treated the colonies trusted to them in slightly different ways. Whereas the French were stupidly trying to assimilate these black people into their culture, the British were aware of the fact that they could not hold on to their “possessions” forever and when Gold Coast agitation for independence became stronger they were willing to let go. It was also in their interest to let the territory trusted to them remain under British influence after they had left. The plebiscite of 1956 was manipulated by the British who allowed Nkrumah to campaign in the area when he really had nothing to do there.

    But the lie as to whether the Ewes were the last to join up is seen in the status of the coastal areas of the present day Volta Region. These are made up of the Anlos (from which the Ashanti corruption, Awuna, is derived). The area was bought by the British from the Danes on 30th March 1850 in a sale that included all the Danish Gold Coast Settlements which were then incorporated into British Gold Coast. The Anlos were, thus, at no time in history under the Germans and at no time a part of the German territory known as Togoland. Moreover, the area came under formal British control long before the British signed treaties with the Ashanti Kingdom and the chiefs of the Northern territories. Nobody can, therefore, state that the Anlos were never originally part of something that eventually became Ghana or that they were immigrants from Togo! As for the Trans-Volta Togoland, appended to the Gold Coast since around 1916, the area was not made up of only Ewes but stretched beyond Eastern Gonjaland in today’s Northern Region to Pusiga on the Upper Volta border. Even the Ewes of TVT, who had voted not to continue as an integral part of the Gold Coast, gritted their teeth after the bitter disappointment of a defeat they saw as a stolen victory, stayed on in the new nation and contributed their fair share to the national effort as diligently as any other Ghanaian! They didn’t come from anywhere to join anybody but stayed put on their God-given land, powerless against the machinations of more powerful actors.

    But all this discussion of who was where first or last should really be made with shame. Nobody should gloat over the fact that his tribe was first or second when our country is the result of colonialism and all its adverse effects that didn’t allow us to find our own path to nationhood. After all, before the white man came, there was widespread interaction among the tribes in the areas, be it through war and conquest, trade, alliances, strategic marriages, or whatever. That is how nations evolve. Why should we celebrate the colonialists’ efforts in making an artificial country that is today called Ghana? We can only accept the blend that is our country as a fait accompli and work hard to make it good for us all.

    The Volta Region was created after independence when all the Ewes were brought together in one region. Parts of the erstwhile TVT were removed into today’s Northern Region. The divisions were more sensitive to the tribal groupings in the area than the colonialist creation of our country. But the Volta Region contains much more than the Ewes with many other tribes speaking other languages and an area in and around Kadjebi where the people speak Twi as their first language. For a long time, Ghana was made up of eight regions. The Volta Region was not the ninth region created since the region was one of these eight regions. The derogatory Nr 9 that others call the region is not out of any sense of “lastness” but because the region’s area code is 09 just as some years ago, in certain European countries, you might hit 009 to make an international call. Other accounts say the region got the nickname ”number nine” from the serial number, 9, of the beauty queen, Miss Monica Amekuafia from Alavanyo, who represented the region and won the first ever Miss Ghana competition held sometime in the early 60s.

    The present political tension (I view it as political, not individual) between the Ashanti and the Ewe seems to be directed more at the Anlos than the northern Ewe perhaps because Rawlings’ mother is Anlo. Many Ashantis still regard all Ewes as a monolithic unit, which is just as well, since all the Ewes in Ghana regard themselves as one, somehow, more than the various Akan groups do. But, in actual fact, there are more variants of the Ewe language than there are of the Akan language even though there are more Akans than there are Ewes. Yet there is only one written form of Ewe with one alphabet. At the same time, it appears the Ewes are more cognisant of the differences among the Akans than Akans are of the differences among Ewes.

    Germany has had a very special relationship with Ghana as it has with Togo. Much of this is due to the sentiments left after their colonial adventures in West Africa. One would think there would be many Ghanaian Ewes in Germany today but there are, in fact, more Ashantis in that country than Ewes. As elsewhere outside Ghana, the typical Ashanti in Germany will start speaking Twi to anybody they meet who says he comes from Ghana irrespective of where in Ghana that person comes from. I have met a few (just a few) Ashantis in Europe who express surprise that a person coming from Ghana cannot speak Twi. This is something that doesn’t quite go down well with many non Twi speakers, even those who speak the language well. But that is only a minor irritation. Often, when I ask my Akan friends why they do not try to speak just a wee bit of my language, they respond dismissively (and at times condescendingly) that my language is too difficult and go on to call Aflao – Aplau and say SogakoPe.

    There are too many examples of the adverse effects of tribal strife in modern Africa. The Nigerian civil war saw many deaths and a lot of suffering because one tribe felt threatened in the federation and would no longer want to be part of it. In Rwanda the Tutsis and Hutus speak the same language, live next to each other and attend the same churches yet set on each other with machetes and did not stop until nearly a million lay dead. In Kenya the largest tribe, Kikuyu, would vow that they would never let an uncircumcised Luo rule them and perniciously overturned the true verdict of the people. The resultant conflagration left more than a thousand dead within days. Nearer home in Ivory Coast, a man was prevented from becoming president because he was alleged to have come from a neighbouring country with the whole thing leading to a bloody civil war the likes of which we never want to see in our country. We in Ghana are determined to do everything to prevent such things from happening to us. We have the goodwill to do so. That is why such talk as parents of a certain tribe raising their children to hate people of another tribe, or violence of a certain type common only to a certain tribe but not to others, made without any credible evidence and meant to stoke the embers of tribalism, is a crock of nonsense.

    The political parties have the biggest role to play in keeping our country united. We are now enjoying our multi-party democracy which is increasingly becoming the envy of our neighbours. But it will be wrong to think that democracy can solve all our problems. Democracy may be the best form of government available (or the worst form except for all others that have been tried, in Winston Churchill’s formulation) but it is not a perfect system and may not always produce the right results especially in our peculiar circumstances. That is why it may become necessary to tweak it a little bit and nudge it into one direction or the other. We do not have to change the ground rules to achieve this but our parties should be led by men and women who understand certain things. For instance, even though our constitution specifically prohibits parties based on ethnic and regional grounds (Article 55, (4)), it does not prescribe a rotational presidency but it will be up to the parties themselves to ensure that they have such a broad based organisation that the top post in the party cannot effectively be limited to one dominant tribe.

    I am often, when it comes to these matters, reminded of Ephraim Amu, a man born in Peki and baptised by a German pastor at a time when the Germans controlled his village and much of present day northern Volta Region. Amu would come of age at the time the British were taking over control of his village and he would walk the 150 miles from Peki Avetile to attend the Training College at Abetifi in the then Gold Coast. He would later teach at the Presbyterian Training College in Akropong where he would master the Twi language so well that he would teach the grammar to the natives! A gifted musician, he composed Yen ara asaase ni originally in Ewe as Denyigba way back in the 1940s to be sung as a counter to the colonial anthem, God Save the King. Amu’s song, as we all know, has become the most beloved tune in our country. It is loved even more than our national anthem whose original text (Lift High the Flag of Ghana) was set to music by yet another Eυe – Philip Gbeho. I have always felt that the lyrics of the Eυe original of Amu’s tune express a greater nationalist ethos than the more popular Twi translation. Mia denyigba lolo la (This, our beloved homeland), dear reader, is rendered in Twi merely as: Yen ara asaase ni (This is our own land). And whereas the Ewe original, in telling us that our fore-fathers laid down their lives for the land, reminds us it is now our turn to also do all that we can (… miawo miato sinu) for this very land, the Twi translation only requests of us to add something (… yebeye bi atoa so) to the efforts of our forebears. Hush… I shouldn’t be too hard on a translator faced with the difficult task of finding words that fit the tune and at the same time convey the sentiments of the original. And the Twi version does contain some very heavy formulations. No matter in which language you look at it, we are all still reminded of our belonging to the same country with a shared history and a common destiny. And whether this, our beloved homeland (oman no), turns out good or bad that is how it will be for us all.

  17. Who the hell is this base biatch? Does she has blood running through her vein at all? Base get a life and stop this bullcrap. Your expression on this article is pointless. You cant write a sensible comment without insulting ewes huh? Leave them alone, this article is about someone’s achievement not how loosers likes you hates them. You are not enlighten a bit. Bush girl with no class.

  18. Who the hell is this base biatch? Does she has blood running through her vein at all? Base get a life and stop this bullcrap. Your expression on this article is pointless. You cant write a sensible comment without insulting ewes huh? Leave them alone, this article is about someone’s achievement not how loosers likes you hates them. You are not enlighten a bit. Bush girl with no class.