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Afenhyia Paa-oo, and Firming my New Year’s Resolve

Monday, 26 December 2005, 15:57

Ghana’s predominantly Christian, and Christmas is a major holiday, but in the Asanteman, at least, the pre-Christian New Year’s greetings still win out over any direct translation of ‘Merry Christmas.’ Afe nhyia paa! is the greeting: May the year meet (you/us) well! And the reply, Afe nkɔ mmɛto yɛn!: May the year go (out) and […]

Insensitiveleftygate

Saturday, 17 December 2005, 03:57

A couple dozen cops, directed by Officer Andrew Cohen of Bayview Station, produced a number of skits for a DVD to be shown at the station’s Christmas party. On 7 December, a copy of this DVD was brought to Police Chief Heather Fong’s attention. She, in turn, brought the DVD to Mayor Gavin Newsom, who […]