Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Kwahu Man

Finally, I am able to do something on this piece after a long silence on the tribes. It was a hard fought one I guess, its surely going to pay off someday. My friend Yaw Linus was asking me, when am I gonna write on his people, "The Kwahu's"?.

I have had some idea about them but it wasn't full for this though. I had to read more, make some findings and finally, here I am with it.

Yaw, I hope you enjoy reading this piece. Spread the word about Accra Conscious Forever afterward! Don't forget to leave a comment, yea!

Okie dokie! Here we gooooo....!

THE Kwahu Man has been born with an identity crisis, history links him to the Asante Kingdom and colonization to a region he shares very little with its inhabitants beyond language.

Their naming conventions donot help in this since Antwi, Owusu etc.. are so generic as to bestow any sense of uniqueness to anyone. Your potential Kwahu Man will always want a price comparison even when it comes to drugs for the common cold. He wears this tag as a badge of honor and pride.

The biggest offense committed against him is to make superfluous purchases like pounds of beef when you could have substituted a pound with eggs. Left overs for the children are encouraged and promoted.

He goes to Oboo once in a while when its a friends passing out ceremony, funeral or naming ceremony. He's got no time for funerals unless, its a heavy one where most of the people on the obituary list have UK, USA, France, Canada and Germany placed in brackets around their names. He surely will be there...

Seeking education, meaning higher education, to the Kwahu man is of modern day reality, he can afford the crowd. He does not see any value in Western education beyond seeing it as an insurance policy.

He acquires his love for Kantamanto and a store somewhere in Accra is almost a sacred and primordial right. In every facet of the Ghanaian society they are seen as the least threatening amongst the eccentric and ubiquitous.

The Kwahu man has a covert disdain for public service since revenues from this business is not enough, involve him in the thankless and hopeless investment ventures, like building a huge 20 bedroom empty house is also by far the least ambitious when it comes to measuring men on prestigious appointment in government. He sells second hand tyres at Kokompe than take an ambassadorial job.

In Akan society especially, amongst our fellow mountaineers, a matrilineal descent group, abusua, is exogamous. That means members must marry outside the group. That, in turn, means a husband and wife must belong to different descent groups.

A father belongs to a different descent group from those of his children. By this calculation, a cross cousin, child of mother's brother, or child of father's sister, is marriageable. Trust me you, this practise is no more holding, we are in 20something century but a typical kwahu man would all he would to get his children do same.. Thats the power of the Kwahu-man.

If you're a lady who believes in wealth and all its trappings this maybe a risk worth taking, girls of the 90's need to know that Wiafe is still an old fashioned polygamist at heart, struggling to accept the romantic 1960's let alone make a pass century. Here, I mean, he's still and shall always remain, a players player. No offense here!

His usual line is "I give you everything why are you complaining?" he just does not get it. If you think this price is too much, then enjoy your marriage through the happiness of your children, this is heaven on earth.

Your average Kwahuman is notoriously stingy, not because he cannot afford anything but he simply sees being at home as an ideological crusade, he abhors fancy eating habits. The purchase of a Mercedes and the building of mansions is like puberty to them and if you have eat bat soup 3times a day to accomplish this, thy will be done in Kwaland.

If after reading this article ladies, your heart is still set to get your pseudo, go ahead. Ashanti man, less flamboyant and subdued just get your "Dumas" ready and be prepared for a gondola ride in a car to Kwahu mountains. To the Kwahu man, Easter is for the consumers. It helps if you have a Kwahu girlfriend accompanying you because they, are still the most nepotic and inward looking amongst all the Akans, your girlfriend's recommendation will be golden.

In relationships they are impressionable and act like they have no strong opinions. But will certainly be commissioning a salon appointment and keeping the money, taste, style and such ladylike niceties on her woman escape attention.

He has no time for compliments and has no regards for your level of education. He will easily leave her wife for a standard 7 without any regrets, it is that bad. To him the glory is in the houses, the power is in the store if every penny is saved. For cheap red meat, Amen.

On the plus side, there is a modicum of financial security, and an investment for your children but beyond attending an occasional large donation to the Church, he is clueless to any other form of entertainment.

Take and do not tell me, I did not tell you the heartbreak hotel is fully booked.

*A cry for help! I want to do a piece on the Akyem Man, I can't do it alone. I need some ideas.
Please come to my aid, lol.

Thanks in advance.....

2 comments:

CHEM 357 said...

I am a Kwawu woman. I completely disagree with you on the fact that the Kwawu man has an identity crisis. No sir. It is true that we migrated from Ashanti and bla bla. But have you forgotten that all the Akans migrated from a common source? Hence similarities in naming, beliefs and customes etc.Do all of the tribes then have identity crisis? . But there are peculiar names to the Kwawus just like certain names being peculiar to the Fantis, Akyems etc (the other Akans).Names like Ampadu, wiafe, Preko, Asiama, Daaku etc are typically Kwahu. Do not forget that the Kwawu's also have their peculiar dialect. Which with words like ‘mukaase for kitchen, edwaaso: for market’ among others. The Kwahu’s come from 17 different towns scatted on the ridge. It doesn’t happen to hear a Kwawu man mention the name of a big town as their home town as we see happen in other places. They are proud to mention exactly where they come from. The Kwawu man does not keep up appearances. (What you see is what you get).
I will agree with you on the issue of stinginess and the fact that they invest in their children. Unlike other men who just give birth to children, have a big naming ceremony and that is the end.
The KWawu man is modest by nature and does not show off but selfless and reliable when given any responsibility. You can be sure of a ‘neet outcome’. Does names like Ernest .S Bediako, Kofi Amoabeng, Sikkens, SHAABA, Ferdinand Ayim of blessed memory just to mention a few ring a jingle in your ears?
About they being players, “it is not their fault oh!! They are good looking, gentle and loaded, every woman’s dream.” so what do you think? Having an open, honest polygamost family or having one man with numerous concubines.
Mr. Man, you have done well but the flaws were many, next time be more thorough.

Anonymous said...

PURE KWAHUMAM (ASASE ABAN YETE GYAE)
CHECK ON FACTS BEFORE YOU COMMENT ON ONES TRIBE OR GROUP.WE KWAHUS ARE ONE OF THE MOST EDUCATED GROUP IN GHANA WE SPEND WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR CHILDREN EDUCATION.WE KWAHUS WILL ALWAYS BE RICH DUE TO OUR IDEAS IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.WE SHOW OUR FELLOW KWAHUMAN HOW TO DO BUSINESS AND MAKE IT BIG.WE DONT KEEP IT FOR OURSELF SELFISH. WHO TOLD YOU THE KWAHUMAN IS THE INWARD LOOKING AMONG THE THE AKANS YOU HAVE MISS THE THE BOAT IN THE HIGH SEAS.WE DONT KEEP OUR SUCCESS SECRET FROM OUR KWAHUMAN WE ARE OPEN MINDED TO OURSELVES THAT IS WHY WE ARE THE MOST PROSPEROUS GROUP IN GHANA.KWAHUMAN DONT LIKE YEAH SIR MASTERS WE ARE MASTERS OF OURSELVES WE RESPECT OUR ELDERS THAT IS ONE SECRET OF OUR SUCCESS.RESPECT ELDERS FOR THEM TO BLESS YOU ALWAYS.WE KWAHUS DONT SHOW OFF AS OTHERS DO.WE ALWAYS THINK OF THE FUTURE WHAT LIES AHEAD SO WE SAVE DURING THE DRY SEASON AND REAP DURING WET SEASON.LET ME GIVE YOU ONE OF THE BEST PILOTS IN THE WORLD NAMED AGYARE FROM KWAHU NKWATIA HE WAS THE FIRST PILOT IN GHANA AND SOUTH OF THE SAHARA.YES KANTAMANTO,ABOSSEY OKAI,OKAISHIE IS OUR UNIVERSITY WE WORK FOR OURSELVES BUT DONT WAIT TO GET PAID FROM THE GOVRNMENT.EDUCATION IS THE KEY AND BUSINESS IS OUR STRENGH SO KWAHUMAN WITH PHD WILL STILL DO BUSINESS WE WHERE BORN WITH IT AND WE WILL LIVE WITH IT FOREVER.WE ARE PROUD OF OURSELVES AND WE LOVE OURSELVES AND WHERE WE COME FROM.KWAHUS WILL CONTINUE CONTROL COMMERCE I GHANA SINCE WE ARE BUSINESS MINDED PEOPLE .DONT FORGET WE ARE THE ( GHANAIN JEWS ) PEOPLE CAN SAY WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT US GOD IS OUR JUGDE.GOD HAS BLESS US WITH BUSINESS MIND THAT IS WHY WE CHAMPION BUSINESS IN GHANA.WELL YOU GROUPS CAN SIT DOWN AND LET THIS SYRIANS,LEBANESE,INDIANS AND NOW CHINESE AND NIGERIANS CONTROL COMMERCEIN GHANA. THE KWAHUMAN WAS BUILDIND HIS EMPIRE IN GHANA BEFORE THIS PEOPLE CAME TO GHANA.WE ARE MOVING FORWARD SO JOIN THE SPACE SHUTTLE TO JUPITER BUT WE KWAHUS ARE ALREADY IN MARS.BAT IS SWEET AND TASTY THAN ANY MEAT I KNOW TRY IT WITH ABENKWA OR NKATE NKWAEN YOU WILL CALL AKOKO ALOLO.WITH OUR FIRST UNIVERSITY IN ABETIFI IS JUST THE BEGINING MORE OF SUCH WILL FOLLOW WE BUILD OUR OWN TOWNS NOT THE GOVERNMENT.WE OURSELVES ARE PEOPLE WITH ONE BLOOD ONE GOAL AND ONE MIND THAT IS WHY OTHER GROUPS ENVY US
OUR SEVENTEEN TOWNS VILLAGES KWAHU NORTH ESERESO OUR PRIDE STATE OUR GREAT MOUNTAINS,ODWENANOMA,ADENDEFRO,BRUKU AND APEKU LET US BE WHAT WE ARE AS KWAHUS.OUR GREAT RIVERS AFRAM,OBOSOM,ASUBONE AND PRA JUST MENTION FEW.OURLAND IS NOT BLESS WITH NATURAL RESOURCES SO GOD OF HEAVEN BLESS HIS FEW GHANAIN JEWS BUSINESS MIND.
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