There are so many queer things Ghanaians do that have over time, become part of the fabric of the nation such as naming everyday household stuff in funny ways.
No one knows how it all begins, but some how, everyone learns about them and incorporates them into their everyday vocabulary.
Here are six such nicknames that have become the main names of some of these common household stuff.
1. Ghana Must Go - Checkered bags
In 1983, Nigerians became xenophobic towards Ghanaians living in Nigeria and called for their repatriation back to their country which was popularly termed, “Ghana Must Go”. Most of the Ghanaians that were brought back to the country were using checkered bags hence creating the name, “Ghana Must Go” for this kind of bags.
If your mother sends you to buy "keysoap," she probably does not expect you to return with the exact brand. She just wants a bar soap for either laundry or to do the dishes.
Be honest, when you were growing up, you referred to all deodorants as Sure... probably because they were the biggest brand at some point and became a household name.
In Ghana, every toothpaste is Pepsodent, whether it's CloseUp, Colgate or Oral B.
5. Aka me last - Flip flops
Legend has it that the name "Aka me last" became a household name when a man who was in need of sandals used the "last" money on him to purchase the slippers. When he told his neighbours how cheap he got them for, everyone started to con traders when they bargained by saying they were buying the flip flops with their last money.
Once again, every washing detergent in Ghana is Omo because once upon a time, they ruled the market.
7. Kofi Brokeman
It is said that only broke men eat roasted plantain and peanuts hence the name.
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Back in the day, it was commonly referred to as “Light Off” till an MP decided to call it Dumsor, meaning “off and on” and since then it has remained as such.
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What are your fondest memories of names of items your did not know had real names?