The General overseer of Heaven’s Gate Ministries, Prophet Nicholas Osei popularly known as Prophet Kumchacha has expressed difficulty in understanding President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s English when he speaks.
He noted that the slang and style in President Akufo-Addo’s English make it challenging for the average Ghanaian who hasn’t had an extensive education to comprehend the message he conveys.
Kumchacha highlighted that former presidents, such as John Agyekum Kufuor, the late John Evans Atta-Mills, and John Dramani Mahama, used English that was more understandable, whereas President Akufo-Addo’s English, with its slang, poses challenges for many Ghanaians who aren’t highly educated.
“If you listen to President Akufo-Addo when he is speaking and you don’t listen to him attentively, you will struggle to understand even a word of what he is saying. His English is slang, not the British English. Even when he says ‘fellow Ghanaians’ sometimes I don’t hear it properly. It is not only me who struggles to comprehend his English. There was a time when market women in Ghana held a press conference to tell Akufo-Addo to speak Twi in his address because they didn’t understand his English,” he said.
“When former President, Kufour speaks English I understand, the late president John Evans Atta-Mills speaks I understand likewise John Dramani but I struggle to understand Akufo-Addo’s own because it sounds like slang. The way he speaks English is nice though but I don’t understand.”
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