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Making French Ghana’s second language ‘disrespectful’ – Okyeame Kwame

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Ghanaian rapper and Tourism Ambassador, Okyeame Kwame has spoken against plans by government to make French the nation’s second official language.

According to Kwame, the move is disrespectful to the pride and culture of Ghana.

“French as a second language is disrespectful to our pride and culture, it is bad enough that our first language is another person’s language,” he stated on Twitter.

The Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey had earlier said at the 2019 La Francophonie week that the government is ready and committed to making French as a second language.

“We believe that the extensive teaching and learning of French will inure to the benefit of Ghana as we are bordered by three Francophone countries; namely, Togo, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire”, the Foreign Minister stressed.

But Okyeame Kwame is unhappy with the decision saying “what is wrong with making one of our languages our first language?”

The argument of using a local language as our official national language has been going on for a long time.

Some people have suggested using Twi but the argument is which language would represent the whole nation.

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