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PLIGHT OF THE BARREN 1

Adwoa Mansa is a mess in marriage dressShe looks like worryAnd walks like a sorryWhy? Because she has a sad story…causing her duress IIIt’s been seven years since her nuptialsSeven years since her familyHer husband’s familyHer friendsFriends of her friendsHave turned guards of her wombWaiting for the arrival of a bundle from her girdleBut not […]

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DIVISIVENESS

This one said +That one said =They all think (flawed formula 1) b.They all think (so we all must) +Actions of ignorance =Tribal wars (dangerous formula 2) c.Tribal wars = chaos + hurts + deaths(Fatal formula arresting peace…pushing royalty into servitude…and rendering nationals refugees…and or paupers) IThey who are busy fighting off ants in clothesHave […]

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COMPLIMENTATIONS

DaylightDon’t dwell on destinyTo drown all doings in drasticsDownplaying dreams dreading sighting…in their buddingNeeding darkness to protect themYou can cover some breeding good to be unveiled laterYou can also cover some bad…to show only to the law…to be dealt with by its clawsTo keep the innocence of some intact IIDarknessDon’t dwell on destinyTo drown all […]

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A MIND TO READ

Every knot has its untying threadIn the same way, every puzzle has its announcing cluesWhich when followed…unveils its hidden answerThat is why Inspector Zuga failed his investigationAnd Inspector Akplah passed and was promoted IIDavec and Dekil lived in HohoeIn a big house which welcomed no guestsMany called it the No-Go-AreaAll their meetings and parties…were held […]

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HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A DREAM?

G. Have you ever loved a dream?Have you ever loved a dreamSo much so you’re willing to chase it…even if it shows no interest in being wooed by you?That’s how much I love her H. Have you ever loved a dream?Have you ever loved a dreamSo much so that you’re willing to be its fool…for […]

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A DAY TO HIDE

Anytime your thoughts are washedTo the shores of my mindMy heart sinks like a punctured boatI wonder if your tender soul…has been rendered true restI worry and feel sorry…that you grew no roots to the sky of your dreamsI crave a smile at my ovations…which never graced any occasionSo I’m hiding in the dark IIA […]

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ƐBAN BIARA HIA NE BANBƆ

Dabi dabiAkoa bɛsɔre putum aka sɛ daabiAma aniwuo adane Owura…nwuraƐwɔ somboɔ tumi-…kro so ama ne tumi a ɔde tumi…wurɔ kawa fa abatiri de frɛ ɔyiaw aniwuo no…adane no ayiaw etuo aboba akono B.Dabi dabiOnibaabikɔ bɛkɔ baabiAma aniwa aniwa suboɔ…a dabiarada ano de dani no piraboɔAdane ahwehwɛ, ahwehwɛ…wɔn wuranom aniwuo abɔ wɔn suboɔ D.Dabi dabiAboa kankabi […]

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A SUN WHICH REFUSED TO SET

A Sun which refused to setMade many place a betThat it’ll never reach its WestTo leave a history of being among the best IIAs it burnedIt, great power yearnedAs it earnedIt, a grave lesson learned IIIFor with the burn out of its heatCame a turn out for its defeatBut the East will not accept its […]

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THE FOOLISH MANDATE

Once upon a timeLion was the king of the jungleIt fed on all animalsAnd constantly reminded the others…they were nothing but inferior creationsHe worked them like non-liversAnd used them like his toolsUntil the animals decided to dethrone himLion was banished with his family…into the evil forest IIDog, who was the instigator for the dethronementTook over […]

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SLEEP AND WORRY

Serene sleep is sweetSoftens spiritsSmoothens soulsSoars simplicitySometimes slices sorrows to stale sinsShines skinSo sleep in serenity IIWorry wrinklesWorry worsens woesWorry wickedly wrecks wishesWorry wretches winsWorry’s whistles work to wrestle wimps Work well to wrestle worry with wisdomAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © September 2, 2020

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MATE IN MY CHAMBER

Two different souls who sleep togetherFrom different habitatsMark the true sense of a miracleSo you’re like my soulMy Ɔkra AbenaYou mate in my chamber IIYour comfort in my presenceYou acting guard in my restYour soothing voice in my sadnessYour daily calls to water my wellbeingAll add up to the miracle you areYou mate in my […]

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CLASSES OF SMILES

Some smiles are kept in filesEnclosed, closedNever to be opened againTo help their bearers be sane IISome smiles can last for a whileBecause they were borne from seeds…watered to gain rootsPampered to gain stemsAnd cared for to turn flowersTo blossom till they wiltAnd they live on in revival of remembrance IIISome smiles can travel milesBecause […]

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ONE IN ALL

Once upon a timeAir, Rain and Sunlight started a conversation as friendsAir said it was the most important thing to manAs men can’t do without it for a secondThey breathe it to liveThey need it to light fireAnd they need it even in rainsThe other two shook their heads in disagreement IIRain also said it […]

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HEN AND EAGLE

Once upon a timeA Hen saw a fallen eaglet…while feeding its chicks in the forestThis Hen added the eaglet to her chicksAlways breaking its clawsAnd removing its feathers to stop its wings from strengthening IIThe Fowl Kingdom asked Hen to either kill the eaglet…or let it looseBut Hen refused to listenShe claimed she could keep […]

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SURO ASRAAFOƆ

Yɛ wɔ mmarima na yɛ wɔ Mmarima!Yɛ wɔ mmaa na yɛ wɔ Mmaa! Obi nhuri nfa ne nsa nkɔwɔ Ɔbonsam ani nfa ne ho ndiMmra de mmraSɛbi, ɔba kwasia na ɛde ntɔkwa foro ɔsraanii…dwene sɛ ɔbɛfa ne ho adiNea onni ahoɔden abetiri wɔ ne fie…na yɛ boro no wurɔ ne kawa fa n’abatiri B.Menua suro […]

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THIS FRESH MOTHERLESS CHILD

She is walking in the rainAnd thinking herself basking in warm sunShe is floating on the happiness of pressureTrying her best to write her testsShe is thinking of building a mansion for her mamaOnce she makes it through her hard workBut fate has uprooted that dreamAnd family have blocked her knowing IIAn accident cost her […]

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RHYTHMS OF FRAGMENTED PALINDROMIC GENDERING

Let waters flowLet cocks crowLet winds blowLet children grow IIThere are:Many a murdrum of dreams of many a madamThere are:Many a mom in solo sagas of parentingWill the shallDo the canTo even the wow radar tenet…men make unbreakable and unshakable IIIIf there be minim level…of a stairless climbAt the noon of youthOr a civic rotator…to […]

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HOW CARNIVORES CAME TO EXIST IN THE JUNGLE

Once upon a timeAll animals were farmersAs some farmed maize…others farmed yamsMany others farmed potatoes…tomatoes…okra…groundnuts…beans…pepper and many othersThe jungle was a very peaceful and lovely place IIOne dayAll the animals woke up to see monkey on a treeThey hailed its prowessAnd loved its anticsMonkey, loving the attention…groomed and taught its family to climbBy two moons…all […]

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THE HURTING PUZZLE

You cunning hcterw!You angry kcirp!You swiny retsnom!You worn out gip!You cut her esoolNow she’ll suck you yrd IIYou used her emitAnd flogged to lock her secnahcYou blocked her kculAfter breaking her sesnefedYou swiped her naelcAnd made her naelParading her like a ekojIn front of an amused ecneiduaYou now have stugTo crawl back to reh?I’m enjoying […]

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RELATIONAL CONTROVERSIES

Just as we love to neglect the earth due to its tenderness and careAnd praise the sky due to how far it isHuman relationships thrive on same controversyThe closer we are to anotherThe more we think them sinners…enemies…or least treat them with indifference IIThat’s why many suffer to build others in vainThat’s why many stay […]

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SHEABUTTER AND SALT

Him/He/His= SheabutterHer/She = Salt Once upon a timeIn a river heated by the sunSheabutter oiled its surfaceWhile salt tormented tongues and eyes…of the river fishes IIThough they disliked him,The fishes hated her for her stingsAnd complained to him about how She was tormenting themHe called on the Unseen She to stop hurting the fishesAs she […]

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MORALITY AND SARCASMS

“Take armsBased on qualmsTo kill peace and cut us into weeds in our own farmsSo we can beg, our made up owners, for almsYou greedy swarms…who hate to tow the calms! IIHow can we trust the pen…which bleeds ink and not blood?How can we trust the book…which leads fights with war?How can we trust debates…which […]

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ADƆFO YƐ NA

Sɛneɛ asikyire frɛ ntatiaEfunu frɛ nwansenaAkɔmbi frɛ moatiaSika ma nyansa noNyɛ saa na abrabɔ kɔ tɔɔtii ma ɔbrabiaraEnti nya asɛm hwɛ! B.Sɛ asan bɔ wo firi adefotepɛn…ɛbɛtɔ ahiafoɔ gyinabea aƐhɔ na wo bɛhunu sɛ namfoɔ wɔ boɔ…nyansa yɛ sika…ahoɔfe wɔ ne boɔ…mpo aniwa wɔ ɔtan kasaOnua nya asɛm hwɛ oo! D.Aniwa bi bɛtumi de adapaa […]

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HOW A KINGDOM BECAME A JUNGLE

Once upon a timeDogs and Sperm Whales alternated…in ruling the Kingdom of AnimalsThey dwelled on the efforts of each animalTo grow the kingdom IIThey used claws of Eagles, Lions, TigersTo protect the kingdom from invasionThey used the determination of antsThe sneaky nature of SnakesThe fire of the DragonsVoices of the NightingalesEyes of bats and owlsStrength […]

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CARE TO BREAK NOT

In this momentWhere you live so succulentEyes are forcing hands to hide their ringsHearts are forcing heads to pull their stringsLove is parcelling lust to race your haveBut know…pulling yourself together is best…so as not to pull another asunder IIEveryone is greedy to have a love to cherishEveryone is needy to own a loving journey […]

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THE YEAR OF POLITICAL PREPOSTEROUSNESS

A. growthB. plansC. adulterersD. penisesE. vaginasF. fuckeryG. well informedH. narcissistsHb. bedmaticsJ. prostitutesK. coital promotionsL. Slay QueensM. gigolosN. gangstersO. EldersP. nonsensical conversationsQ. foolsR. proper reasoningS. ignoranceT. sickeningU. criminalsV. corruptionW. electorateX. Global Laughing StockY. shamefulZ. degrading It is now proven Corona is not only the cuffs…of 2020’s imprisonmentS holds all the bars…imprisoning our A in P Where […]

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GLITTERS AND GOLD

Sometimes…we see the sky on earth…and the earth in the skySometimes…we see the flight of fishes…and stars swimming in the seaIgnorant heads call us madBut those blessed with additional eyes…see best the true forms of living Sometimes…frowns are smiles…and smiles are frownsSometimes…laughter is tears…and tears is laughterSometimes…life is death…and death is lifeIt is only the […]

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A WALKING MIRACLE

I am a multitude in oneI am one in a multitudeA solid, liquid, gas in a miraculous formMaking me a fit on this chit in life I am a multitude in oneWith a head, heart and handsWith a stomach, thighs and legsAll working with numerous veinsAnd capable bones in a successful livingLike a tree and […]

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LOSING GOD

Herbs helped heal hurting humansUntil underlings usurpedPower of its potencyDrowning doing with doubtsWorking words into wrestling winsGod the odd factor IIDue to fabrications for God’s contaminationMany a mind have veered from righteous pathsThinking the unrighteous a sure redemption Due to manipulations of fake prophetsMany herbs are now weeds…killed by weedicidesAs we search for antidotes to […]

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DIRTY POLITICS

Dirty rumours are now marrying horrible allegationsForcing elites to take stands…in supporting filthThinking their action a tug of warAs our younger ones hold on to their ropes in supportAren’t you ashamed? Aren’t you all ashamed of this dirty politics? IIYou’re all wearing rags of shame beneath your branded clothes!You’re all monsters in your selective games…when […]

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SKY’S LESSON

Once upon a time,Sky was slapped by thunder…and laughed at by lightningThe anger of Sky was so severeThat she used clouds to cover herself The clouds stopped her suns and moons from shining…and showed a frown to her earthA frown which made all humans suffer with cold… angry winds and darknessBecause of this,…an eagle lost […]

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NNAMFO BƆNE

Adamfoɔ yɛ yɔnkuɔ a ɔte wo dam aseƐnnyɛ nea ɔne wo bɛgro mmɛdamase…na w’atwa ne ho de wo ho nsɛm akɔ kyini…atɔn te sɛ atosodeɛ B.Adamfoɔ te sɛ sumyɛƆsum wo wɔ wo nhwiaseɛ muSan bam wo wɔ w’anigyeɛ muEnti ntɔkwa biara nni hɔ a…ɛsɛ sɛ etumi bue n’ano kwanƐma w’asumasɛm pue dani samantwentwen…bɛ su wo […]

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ADWENE A ƐNDWENE

Sɛ wonua nsɛmfoo nkrumah de gu wo nkyi aYɛnfa aniɛden apiripra agorɔ nhwiri…nkɔ si muNfa gyimi gyidie ndwene sɛWo bɛ si hɔ giridi…na w’asan anante te sɛ ahenemaAba w’animNti, ɔdabɔ, nya adwene a ɛdwene! B.Sɛbi, ɛyɛ ɔba kwasea na ehuru firi…ne nɛ ban a ɔde nkontompo asie so…kosi n’atanfo a wɔn enim n’ahyasiɛ apampamuƐsan dwene […]

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THE SENSELESS BUSH FOWLS

Once upon a timeTwo Bush fowls feasted on the farm of a wolfThey did so for yearsVanishing during ploughing and plantingAnd resurfacing during fruitionThe wolf laid many trapsBut none caught eitherFor they were so smart IIThese bush fowls deprived wolfOf many harvests of happinessAnd caused her many nights of tears…with dreamless sleepsNeed I mention the […]

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RIGHT IN FRONT

Some say we walk from the back…before getting to the frontBut we have seen women as shadows…for far too long III can jubilate us as mates of conductorsBut won’t go overboardBecause until a capable she gets into the driver’s seat…and deliversNothing changesUsing them as baits for a harvest of votes…is an affront in realistic thoughts […]

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THE RULING PLAY PEOPLE

You now act like similes and metaphorsThe former taunting the latter of not having bridges…for smooth analogical transitionsThe latter accusing the former…of using vague means in analogies…and throwing dust in eyes that they are bridgesTo the latter, direct analogy is the bestWhile the former thinks it too cruelThese are the political play people …taking turns […]

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NANA AND THE DEBTOR

OnceWhen the mukyia was the freshest cookerAnd daresen with water were its first meet-and-greeter every morningA young Fante woman lived in Israel…near Tabora-Alhaji **She was a known hard core debtorShe bought things with the face of a hungry and lonely catBut faced payment with roars of a dog with rabiesHer notoriety was well known…even by […]

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THE DAY TRUE DEVELOPMENT BEGINS

When there arrives a dayFor all heads to sayWhat they’re paid to sayWhen there arrives a day for words of leadersTo lead the path they’re paid to leadWhen there arrives a day for the highestTo respect decisions of the higher and high to even the lowWhen there comes a day-A day all followers will out […]

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Ashawo Diaries Now on Kindle

My newest book, Ashawo Diaries, is now on Kindle! Please get yours. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FH9T7M6/ Here are some of the reviews: The titillating intrigues of a good bad girl…delightful reading: sometimes light, sometimes dark; always with ponderous insights! – Koku Dotse Ashawo Diaries makes for engaging reading, and beyond connecting with earlier literary forebears, it is important to think […]

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GOD’S DEFIANT BEST

God is sitting beneath the earthWatching his religious teachers…embark on senseless demonstrationsStomping feetClapping handsShooting words in gun onomatopoeiasDemanding for materials through fair or foul meansHoping to be shielded by the holy ghostAs they get away with crimes IIGod sees all you school prefects of churches…under the skirts of sisters…in the trousers of brothers…under sheets of […]

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IN YOUR EYES

In your eyesSighs turn to wave their goodbyesAs a couch awaits in a home I see deep within…with laps ready for my head…and hands ready to lovingly tap me to sleep IIIn your eyesLies I tell myself die with their ugly criesAs a cold bed beckons my warm bodyA smile without hidden qualmsA balm for […]

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ABAHYƐ PRƆYƐ

Abayɛn te sɛ kɛntɛn a yɛde kɔ nsuoSa deɛ wo bɛ sa nsuo noNso ɛbɛ fɔre atɛkyɛ ɛwɔ amansan akwansoNa nso nsukɔm eeku wo fie foɔEnti tete wo ba yie…na onsiesie wo fie B.Ɛyɛ diɛn nti na awofo adane boa-pia-bɔneAmanyɔfoɔ adane boa-foa-ɛne-duduɔsoAmanaman ani adane yɛɛ-boa-tumidefoɔAma nkwadaa bɔne adane akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ adesua yi? D.Ɛnɛ yi…abaa ntia ba […]

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THE HELP YOU TAUNT WITH

Many have eyes but no achievement destiniesSo they hide their help…in complaints of flawsWhile some great others have eyesSo see talent and flush their emotions…to work them to their good…writing their names in history **I knew me from the guttersThe me whose mind was a mine…waiting to be worked onThere were many who passed snide […]

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STONES AS STARS

0When vultures force themselves…into the skin of dovesCarcasses needed to be fought for…reveal their true nature 1How do you feelAs revelations whip you to a stopOnly to let you know your motivationWas inspired by dust-in-eyes…clothed as a sparkling jem?Those sheep following pigs acting elephantsJumping for unreachable tree barks…breaking innocent branches…stomping on weak roots…and digging through […]

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KEEP YOUR WOW

Mouths have no brakes on any take…tongues will stir your issues like fufu…as teeth poundEyes will watch even in your sleep…reporting your snores…marking your turns…noting your wakes…jubilating in your nightmares…and mostly frowning at your smilesSo keep your wow…and let them keep asking how IIOnly those who study themselves to know their best…succeedOnly those who wield […]

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WHAT IF YOU MISSED IT?

Sleep of ignoranceHave seen many wake up…after blessed rainsMissing the favour of harvesting waterAnd saddled with mud from the ground of regretsPlease you, look and grab…before it’s too late IIYou complain of the drain and strain…of lonelinessWhen your neck is stiff from looking in just one directionWhat if your fate sits behind you…as you drill […]

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THE FARCE OF REVOLUTIONS

Until goats go on floats…demonstrating against gloats…of them in full boats…heading to abattoirsPeace will act deceased in this world obesed by hatred IIUntil chickens sleep their dawns…and receive crows from humansUntil horses ride their “owners”…till the soles of their feet lose their soulsUntil trees peel the skins of man…to boil for the healing of their […]

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SATAN CAN’T BE BOTHERED

I have been in the shoes of SatanAnd I must tell youYour prayers are no fire to burn his desiresYour claps are no traps to hunt his lifeYour stomping only hurt your legs…and not his pateYour guns have no gutsy bullets…which can walk his compound let alone harm a hair on his headYour bombs are […]

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IF ONLY WE CAN BE BRAVE

From fists of fate…fly flies of falsehoodsForking flocksFlipping farcesFrosting feet to fear defeat IISo hurdles win our wealthAs our hardwork is buried in our insecuritiesMaking us part of hurdles’ ownedJust because firmness fires not from the graves of our heartsIf only we can be brave! IIISo you’ll see mansions’ ownersHiding away in corners…on the floorAs […]

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ABAYI KYEREFOƆ

Sɛ obi da a…ontumi nkyerɛ obia ɔndaObi nforo afasuo nkɔhunu n’apampamu a…ɔbɛyɛdɛn akyerɛ anim anim ɛkɔduru hɔ?Asɛm sɛbɛ! AbAbayifoɔ ne wɔn a wɔdi nkɔntrɔ!Abayiwa ne wɔn a wɔ sua nkɔntrɔ te sɛ ntɔrewa…de kɔ afieafie mu kɔtɔn…de gye nsɛmkadinAbayibonsam ne wɔn a wɔgyina abayikwaadu a eni ngyinasoɔ so…pra pra…sɛi…kum bimdifoɔ a wɔde adwumaden ɛbɔ wn […]