If you have intentions of visiting the Upper East region, you should comprehend these few words. These are the commonly used words in the region.
Some are not officially cataloged words but jargons that have found it’s way into the people’s vocabulary.
This is undoubtedly the most common word in the region. About five different tribes use it. Just like the custom of every human race demand, the first thing to offer a stranger is a warm welcome. It is generally used by the FraFra, Nankana, Kusal and Bongo people. It literally means welcome.
”Gaafara” is just a way the people express remorse. To err is human and so we often offend others knowingly or not. The people usually say ”Gaafara” to offenders.
Literally meaning ”My Paddy”. It is a Kasem word used mostly by the people in the Navrongo, Paga and Builsa areas.
This phrase has suddenly gained prominence in the Ghanaian media space. It’s a Kusal word which means ”Fear Buttocks”. It has become very popular after a politician used it as a caution to his comrades.
5:”PASS LA RUBBERS”
Motorbikes, Tricycles, and vehicles are the most common means of transportation in the Upper East East region. The people fancy it when it’s new. So the word ”PASS LA RUBBERS” was coined to mean brand new. Musicians like Soorebia have all used it for songs.