English is not an indigenous language of Ghanaians. Ghanaians came to adopt the language as a result out Ghana’s past with the British. They left us portions of their language and though sometimes we tend to act as masters of the language, the Queen’s language is the preserve of the British. Over the past week, former President’s Do or Die comments has trended and raised a lot of questions.
John Mahama himself has failed to retract his comments saying that he meant no harm and that the English language clearly explains what Do or Die means. Ransford Gyampo has also added his voice to the brouhaha surrounding the statement. On TV3’s The Keypoints, Ransford Gyampo, a professor with the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana blasted the communicators of both the NPP and NDC for justifying bad comments.
“English is English. It is not our language. Even we that people call professors, when we write our articles and send it abroad they come and tell you that you don’t understand thee language. When you are speaking to a people whose understanding of the language is not so high you must be mindful. Anyone who is a communicator and has to come back and explain himself is not a good leader and communicator” Prof. Gyampo said.
He added that good communicators don’t leave their statements hanging. He also chastised Mr Kpemka of the NPP and Alhassan Suhuyini of the NDC who were in the studio for supporting the comments of their leaders. According to him what is bad is bad and shouldn’t be justified with grammar.
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