Posted by 00-Babs on February 24, 2011 in AUDIO, Feature, GHANA, Social Views · 30 Comments



I have extraordinary hearing abilities, in plain English my ears are a little bit on the large side. Not quite like dumbo the elephant, but I could do with a smaller pair. The moral of this story is I rarely say “could you please repeat that”. These days that sentence has become an integral part of almost every conversation I have. At first I was excited; I assumed this was happening because my ears had shrunk to a respectable size. I consulted my mirror and the evil thing dashed my hopes. My ears are still a tad bit too large. Because I am me, I analyzed all the possible reasons why this was happening and then I figured it out.

The blame is all yours, yes you. Dear reader what is it? What did I do to warrant this inhumane treatment from you? I assumed we were friends and as such you would not try to hurt me. Obviously I was wrong. Why are you looking all confused? Please stop acting like you have no idea what I’m talking about. I guess you want us to wash our dirty linen in public. I will oblige you; all my linens are spotless, unlike your filthy stack, so let’s begin. What went wrong? A year ago you were normal, now things have gone all Libya at your end.

I feel as if everyone got the memo, and someone forgot to send me a copy. When did we decide talking like there is “hot yam” in your mouth was the new cool? I don’t mean the regular “wanna, gonna, shudda” we spoke 10 years ago. Oh no you all have taken fake accents to another dimension. Nowadays having proper diction is not enough, we have to garnish it with salad English. I listened to a show on this internet radio station two nights ago. I convulsed with laughter. The accent I heard was a cross between americanese, britease, yorubaese, haitianese and pidginease.

Lucky for them their base of operations is somewhere in the United States. I was ready to March naked to their office in protest. I am a sucker for proper English, and frankly if you’re a guy that is one way to win my heart. This article is a plea to everyone out there, stop it. Stop it now! Don’t you see every time you open your mouth to utter your amala English a baby dies? The biggest culprits of salad English are the returnees. They are everywhere, some of then returned 5years ago after a 2week trip to “the abroad”. Yet they talk like they have spent ages in obodo oyibo.

These special breed of returnees add an “R” to every word they pronounce. Say the word in question is jogging; our returnee for some reason says “jorrging”. Let us not blame them too much; at least they’ve been abroad. How can we justify other salad speakers who have never been to Togo, talk less of going overseas? Where did you acquire your own accent from? Was it via Nollywood movies or perhaps music videos? These ones are weapons of mass destruction waiting to happen. The amount of nuclear waste they produce from their mouth makes Hiroshima look like child’s play.

It is abnormal for people to constantly ask you to “say that again”, especially when you’re not a CD player on repeat. If you must speak with an accent please make sure it is authentic and if you cannot pull that off, sign language works just as well. Simply sew your mouth shut and wave your hands around. The world will thank you for it. I will thank you for it. Till we meet again remember Oyibo accent is not by force and faking one only makes you sound like Snoop dogg without the ganja.

Written by *Jazz* Follow on Twitter @MsJazzyfied

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  1. Errm nice article,thank God have not fallen victim,at least not now,despite schooling in canada and trips to europe,i neva loose my naija accent,AM A NIGERIAN 4 LIFE.

  2. Nice article but I noticed some minor spelling errors e.g ‘then’ instead of ‘them’. I hope you don’t find this offensive.

    • Seen …We all make mistakes thou

  3. Lmao! #Word #Word #Word!! dese salad speaker are effin annoying! Imagine ur old sec sch classmate hu attends Uniben now speakn with ‘new england accent’ overnight witout steppin into MM airport! #notsexy at all

    Nice article Jazz

  4. I agree with u, people murder english a lot these days, i especially dislike the so called ‘ghetto english’ that most peeps try hard to speak.

    Some one was on trial for mudering english and in his defence, he said that ‘english is in the ears of the behearer’…so what may sound like salad english to u may sound like queen’s english in ears of another :p

  5. A moment of silence 4d poor babies dat have been lost cos of ‘amala english’..
    Nice work sis..

  6. Lmao i swear down,9ja returnees ehh.
    Great write up!! Thumbs and hands up!

  7. Nice one. Lmao

  8. Iyam a victim! They r all around me!!! I don’t even understand anymore…den d accented “h-factor” thingy!!!OMW!!!
    Great job as always :)

  9. lmao…"snoopdog without the ganja"…that's a totally priceless line!
    Brilliant, as usual!

  10. Subliminal Aiye!!! lmao. I feel u sha! ME sef dey dere that nyt!

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