"Mepawoky3w, eye ahi?", i ask. "5000 ooo", the seller responds. "Ah, 5000 cedis anaa 5000 ghana cedis", i inquire. "Sika dada no", "Fofro no dia me ho anoo", she replies. Has this scenario happened to you before? Or maybe you board a trotro and you don't know the fare to the place you are going; you ask the mate, "Mate, how much to [insert palace]"; the mate answers "3, 5". Ah, what kind of money is '3, 5'. The mate meant 35 pesewas.
The number of times this has happened to me is numerous. It has been three years since the re-denomination and yet some Ghanaians still speak about money using the old currency. It is so confusing
Why after three years are people still talking about money in terms of the old currency? Don't they understand the new currency? If they do, why the reluctance to use the new terms for the money? Are the new terms too much of a mouthful? We can always shorten the term; say 20p instead of 20pesewas and 1cedi instead of 1 ghana cedis.
Tell me your adventures with the pesewas and the ghana cedis.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
So it is with great happiness that i write this. ok, ok, i am not writing a letter. I am just writing something as a first post. Will do better next time, i promise, and you can believe that promise because i don't usually promise things. I make my yes, a yes, and my no, a no. So believe me when i say, i promise (that is if i don't forget the password to my own blog, forgive. I won't forget). First post; i am 'supposed' to state the purpose to the blog, right?, naaah, i don't have a purpose. So i guess anything goes. Don't forget to comment and if your comment is bad, i assure you, i will delete it (freedom of speech, you say; well but it was bad. Okay, so i decide what stays and what goes). Welcome to me and i will catch up with u all later. And no that is not me, but i took the picture (total strangers, they are in Sunyani)