The Oral Literary Tradition of Ghana: Folklore & Proverbs

By Hannah May

By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest.

~ Ghanaian Proverb

Certain words will always linger.

When I left Africa, I was speechless. Several tears spoke for me. I had only spent just shy of a month on the continent, but it was an extraordinarily defining experience that both affirmed and reformed me. Already missing the bounty of local food I had relished throughout my stay, the Twi words, "E dong bi ri bo" echoed in my mind as I boarded the plane, feeling an emptiness beyond their literal sense. Translated simply into English as, "there's a bell in my stomach," th...

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