- Traders at the Kaneshie Market are complaining bitterly over what they call ‘Big English’ by President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo
- The market-women say they want the president to either speak local languages more often or speak simple English more audibly
Some market women in Accra have pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to limit his English Language usage, so that they can understand him.
According to them, it becomes very difficult to understand the President when he 'rattles on' in the English language.
They are, therefore, pleading with him to “come down” to their level when delivering his speeches so that they can also get a clear understanding of what he says.
The plea was made by a group of market women in an interview with Accra-based Adom FM.
They said instead of President Akufo-Addo speaking his usual flawless English, he should tone down a bit and speak ‘form 4 English’, which is what they understand.
One of the traders uttered: "The last time I saw him on TV, I had to be extra attentive to hear the word 'police'.”
Another added: "We don't understand his American English. Nana Addo's English is too much. He should speak Form 4 English like ‘the man is going'.”
Other traders also called on the President to speak louder when delivering his speeches and addresses.
According to them, he does not often open his mouth when talking, contrary to the views of others who have previously praised the President for his eloquence.
Their call seems to be in line with that of Professor Nana Essilfie Kondua of African University College of Communications, who has called on the President and other government officials to make it a point to speak local languages during public addresses.
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