Multiple Award-winning TV presenter, Berla Mundi has lashed out at a fan for being ignorant.
According to the fan on Twitter, anyone who can’t speak the local language known as “twi” should be ashamed of themselves.
“As a Ghanaian if you can’t speak Asante twi proper you’ll should be ashamed. Male Fantes are even learning twi because they’re laughed at not the females. You’re speaking as if you’re from Usa. The good news is that I’m perfecting my twi and soon I’ll get there. Kumasi is Ghana” He wrote on Twitter.
In a rebuttal, Berla Mundi asked him to stop being ignorant. She explained that as someone who is from Greater Accra, “twi” is not her first language and should not be shamed just because she can’t speak it fluently.
“Stop sounding ignorant! Twi is not Ghana’s only local language. I am Ga and I would speak that more fluently than any other local language because that’s my mother tongue. Now leave here!!!” She responded.
While some supported her, others felt it was compulsory to fluently speak twi regardless of your ethnic background.
Ghana has about 50 indigenous languages (Dakubu, 1996), and the major ones are Akan, Ewe, Ga, Dagaare, and Dagbani, with English as the official language. Out of these languages, only 11 languages are taught in the schools and few of them are used on the radio and television. The most common local parlance is the Akan (twi). Most TV and radio stations use it to broadcast information to the general public. Some stations also show some telenovela’s in twi.
Perhaps, it’s the reason the tweep is claiming that anyone who can’t speak it fluently should be ashamed. What do you think?
See the tweets below;