AKOKƆ ASA WƆ AKROMA KROM

Yɛ se yɛn mmra nantinkwa
…na kro chia hyɛ me nan yi
Yɛ se yɛn mmra ano nkatumuo
…na kasa ɛgoro m’anum yi
Yɛ se yɛn mmra nsa pan
…na gong gong ɛgoro me nsa ano yi
M’adane ɔpatuo wɔ nnomaa a wɔkɔ anɔpa su krom
Me yɛ dɛn goro serehehe?

II
Ɛnnyɛ abɔfo tuo ano
…na ɔha piri ahumɔbrɔ
Ɛnnyɛ awia hyew ano
…na nkuto piri awɔ
Ɛnnyɛ mframa mmirika tiriho
…na ntakra piri nna
Enti mɛ yɛ dɛn atena asaase yi so?
…Me apataa a m’abɛtɔ nkraman a wɔ te kɔm kro mu?

III
Ɛnnyɛ soronko biara n’ɛyɛ kronkron
Ɛnnyɛ apueyɛ bia na ɛwɔ atɔyɛ
Abrɔ a ɛwɔ ɔtan agoro ano
…ka sɛ oodi w’awu a
W’anɔpa bɛ dum wɔ sum ano
W’awia bɛ wia w’anigye wɔ ewiemu
Na w’anadwo asɔ hann de akyerɛ w’atanfo
…wo mfoni bɔne
Wo papa biara nni hɔ a
…ɛsɔ ne kanea wɔ w’atanfo anim
Yi apae na wo mpuntuo ankɔhyɛ
…w’atanfo nsa yɛm
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © Nov. 29, 2019

WO NWUMA

a.
Ɛyɛ maapɛ na ɛmaa Kwaku
…n’apɔkye din
Ne merɛ so no
Na onnim ɔbaa kitiwa
…ɔbaa kɛseɛ
…ɔbaa tiatia
…ɔbaa tintin
…ɔbaa berima
…ɔbaa warefoɔ
…ɔbaatan
mpo na w’akohunu ɔbaa yarefoɔ
Sika boa ma owurawura ayaase ahorow
…kosi sɛ ɔware ɔbaa animonyamfoɔ a ɔwɔ Krɔwaso

b.
Abaawa Afua ne Apɔnkye abakan
…kɔyɛɛ abaayowa
Abaawa Afua ne Apɔnkye Manu
…kɔyɛɛ abaayowa
Wɔ bɔɔ Mansa
…Manan
Kosi sɛ wɔn duru Ansomaa
…na wɔn pɔn awoɔ
Kwaku Apɔnkye bɔne hyɛ aseɛ so so n’adae bɔne
Ehu kyekyere no
Kɔdanda supa no
Birimbɔ kum ne bimbuo wɔ ne tiboa atɛnnee mu

d.
Ne mma no hyɛ aseɛ bobɔɔ nufoɔ pɛ
…na ɔkɔtɔɔ nkraman du bɛ wɛn ne ban ho
Ɔhyɛda tɔ nkrantɛ nufanu
…si no hwitahwita
…ɛma dawubɔfoɔ bɔ dawuro sɛ
…ɔbarima biara a obɛtu n’ani asi ne mma maa no so no
…adi a ɛbɛyɛ wɔn sene nsuomunam awerɛhosɛm
…wɔ anwa a esi gya so mu

e.
Abarimawaa baako kɔ sɔ hwɛ yɛ
…nkraman kekaa no pasaa
Ɔhohoɔ bi ne n’abakan kɔ kasa yɛ
…odi asutorɔ bɔne ma n’pantan pasa yɛ
Ne sika nti
…na Nana Bretuo koraa ntumi nka n’asɛm
Enti ne mma no nyin yɛ no
…na Krɔwaso mmarima akyiran wɔn

ɛ.
Ebi tuu wɔn din gyata mma
Ebi kekaa sɛ wɔn ho mpo nnyɛ fɛ
…enti tuu wɔ mpi sɛ Amangaa mu Apisɔ
Ebi frɛ wɔn Ammodin fiefoɔ
Krɔwaso fa too ne ho so
…bɔɔ ahohoɔ nyinaa Apɔkye fie nkaseɛ
Kosi sɛ ne mma no nyinaa bɔɔ mmerewa
Neɛ ohunu nyansa tu firi koro ne mu no
…Mansa
…ko nyaa ɛnyinam afidie akwanhyia
…wuu amonomu hɔ aaa

f.
Onyankopɔn Twerɛduampɔn aama n’anwu ntɛm
Kwaku Apɔnkye bɔ akwakora poso poso
…hunu ne mma nyinaa ankonam akwantuo wɔ asaase yi so
Esie wɔn mu num ansa ɔɔka n’ani agu so
Wei kyerɛsɛ
…obi ngu ntoosi aba ntwa brɔde duro
Sɛneɛ wo sunsum sa wo no
…saa nso na wo nwuma bɛ di w’akye
…akoduru w’awieyɛ
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © Nov. 22, 2019

CHACHA

Yɛde nwomasua ɛɛto chacha
Ama ayɛ tesɛ ekro aa aprɔ sɛɛ pachaa
Asresɛm ne sɛ
…yeemia no wɔ akrɔkrɔ kwan so
Yɛbɛyɛ dɛn atu mpong?

II
Obiara nim sɛ nwomasua yɛ y’atwideɛ a
…y’ehia de afiri ahohiahia yi mu
…akosi mpuntuo kro mu
Enti deɛn nti na Ɔmama bɛ to kɔ benkum
…na Opreman ni abɛto akɔ nifa
…Ma Kwaa Agyei bɛ to kɔ sro
…ama Agya Adwo abɛtuɛ asi fam yi?

III
Yɛn ma mmra nka yɛn bra
…tesɛ nea Abokyifoɔ ka wɔn nantwie
Yɛn ma adwene ɛnha tipɔ
…tesɛ neɛ abɔfra yarefo ha n’awofoɔ no
Yɛn ma ano nkɔ kasa
…tesɛ neɛ abaa ka debɔnifo no
Efirisɛ ɔman yi yieyɔ
…gyina w’dwuma agyapadeɛ a
…w’atikɔ nfa nkɔwura owuo bɔn mu
Wo ne me nan so
…na nkyirima bɛfro ne wɔn amanaman nfɛfo
…apiri atepen wɔ daakye mmerɛ mu
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © November 15, 2019

ƐYƐ W’AKOSUA KUMA?

Nana Nyame Totrobonsu
…nyansa sene ade nyinaa nti na
…obi Akosua kuma nnyɛ obi anum no
Enti neɛ ɛmrɛ atukwan abɛduru wɔ nyansa mu yi
…a kwajo hoho adwene gu so te wo nyansa so yi
…wo nhunu sɛ, sɛbi, nkwaseɛ nwansena ɛɛguro wo nsɛmka ho?

II
Kyerɛsɛ Kwame Asikuma
…bɛtumi asi n’agɛgɛ mu
…agu aba wɔ ɛmmaa du ayaase
…agye nnamu nson no nyinaa a “papa” mbata ho abodin
Nso tɛkrɛma biara nkyerɛ n’ase wɔ b’adwamu,
Mpo sɛ ne bɔne sene adebɔnefo nyinaa deɛ a,
…firi sɛ otua dua
Akosua nkoa kɔ so aba krɔ firi n’ahosɛpɛ mu a
…w’adane duawa a ɛwɔ sɛ amanfoɔ we wɔ nkunkɔn so?

III
Krakyi
…obiara asaase nna ɔbaa biara ayaase
Na w’akɔ tena hɔ tesɛ abɛnsuo dua ase
…akɔ kyerɛ mmra ase
…de apɛ n’animguase
Ɔbarima biara a ɔkyerɛ mmaase
…tesɛ tuuse a yɛde ɛkɔ ma Kaase
…wɔ ne dam akuara ase
…a yɛfrɛ hɔ Bɔdamase
Enti nhwehwɛ nnaseɛ nfiri onyansani biara apata ase
Efiri sɛ w’akyerɛ ɔbaa bi ase
…de agu n’anim ase

IV
Sɛ ɔbaa bi ano a ɛda n’ayaase
…yɛ w’ano a wo de kɔ mukaase-
…a, mesrɛ wo
…ka w’ano tum
…na ka wo se si so
Sɛ ɛhɔ nso yɛ wo Okuafo nsuo a ɛpata wo nsukɔm a
…ɛneɛ agya
…gye ho ban na pɛ krado bi fa kɔ to mu
Ɛma ɛmmɛ tena abɔnten mmue wo dede gya
…nfrɛfrɛ nkurasedwene wɔ mmerɛyefoɔ tirimu
…ɛmfa nsɛi adwene pa

V
Mmere atukwan abɛduru anibue mu
Enti ma w’adwene nso ntene nyansafidie mu
…na ɛmɛduru ɛnɛ yi faahodie mmrɛ mu
Na hunu sɛ
…ɔbaa biara kura ne homam faahodie safoa
Sɛ wɔn bɛbue wɔn ayaase
…tesɛ ɛkwan a ɛkɔ Efiduase
…ama wɔn a ɛbɔ dondo abɛ goro wɔn Antoakyire wɔ hɔ o
Sɛ wɔbɛ kɔ akɔbɔ dawuro wɔ Ankaase
…ama abɛtiri a ɛwɔ ntini nyinaa
…abɛ twa wɔn asaase wɔ wɔn ayaase o
Ɛnnyɛ wo ho mframa
…n’abɛyɛ w’asɛm
Enti pɛ nsakrayɛ pɔ bi bɔ to wo ti mu na ma yɛ ndwene
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © Obubuo 8, 2019

ƆDƆ NSƆKƆ (20+)

Yɛse ɔdɔ kɔ baabia ɔdɔ wɔ
Enti me ti wo nne a na me ho afɔ
Efirisɛ wo ho kɔm kɔm tesɛ atɔyɛ nsutɔyɛ
Sei frɛdɛ frɛdɛ frɛdɛ wɔ ayaase asuɛyɛ
Wo yɛ ɛta a me hia wɔ me sen mu

II
Wo sɛ etuo a me hia wɔ m’fuom
Wo yɛ amaango a me hia wɔ me kɔm mu
Wo yɛ nsuo a me hia wɔ me nsukɔm mu
Wo yɛ tso a me hia de aka me tsoromunsto ho
Wo yɛ krobonko a me hia abɔ me nkuro
Wo yɛ kwadu a me hia ahyɛ m’aduii bi anum
Wo yɛ abaa a me hia abɔ m’ahohiahia
…de afrɛ ahosɛpɛ adwa me man

III
Enti bra bɛtɔ na m’afɔ
Enti bra bɛ sɔ na mere tɔ
O bra bɛ yɔ na m’asro
Ɔdɔ pɔ yɛ abien abɔdeɛ
Enti m’abɔ ɛpɔ no
…agya bɛsane
Na ɛno ne ɔdɔ aduane
…wo bɛti afrɛfrɛ a wo tua dua akɔno so
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © October 25, 2019

MPRƆYƐ MU

Nneɛ ɔkaa sɛ bebia abɛ bɛtɔ biara yɛ mprɔyɛ mu no
…yɛ ɔbadwenba a adwenehare kyekyere n’aniso adehunu kakra
Efirisɛ abɛ bi tumi tɔ egya mu
…ɛhye
Abɛ bi tumi tɔ ɛboɔ so
…ɛwo
Abɛ bi ti tɔ fɔm ma mmoadoma we
Abɛ bi tumi tɔ nnɔti bi mu
…ɛmmim a y’ɛnhu n’adwosuo koraa
…na y’akohunu ne prɔyɛ
Enti tɔ baabia wo ho bɛtɔ woɔ
…ɛnyɛ baabia wo bɛfiri atɔ
Hunu sɛ
Ahodwoɔ adanseɛ
…y’ɛgye no wɔ akoma anum

II
Nnipa bi hia wo ahoahoa wo te sɛ akyɛdeɛ papa bi
…nso ebinom anya wo ɛtiatia wo te sɛ akoa
Nnipa bi ɛɛpɛ wo de wo ayɛ wɔn abasobɔdeɛ
Adɛn na wo tena hɔ ma nkrɔfoɔ twi w’ase wɔ nkoasom mu?
Wo nnyɛ mpapa dua
…na w’atwɛn okuani sikan ano ya
…ansa w’akɔ si kapenta anaa adefɛnyunofo bi nsɛm
Baabia abɛ bɛ kɔ tɔ no yɛ n’ahyeaseɛ
…aweiyɛ no gyina n’amunimuni tumi so

III
Enti bɔ wo bra tesɛ nkontapa bufoɔ
Wo nan si ha
…n’ɛpatri a
…fa mmɔdimmɔ yɛ adwumadene
Na hwehwɛ agyinae pa
…ɛwiawia kɔtɔ
Efirisɛ ɔbra deɛ
…ɛnoaa ne nea wo de wo wediɛ apre abɔ akɔduru
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © October 18, 2019

For foreign followers:

(This is an inspirational poem encouraging readers to work to be in places where they’ll be needed, or places where their worth will be appreciated)

AKUKU-ADAMFOƆ

Na ɔmama abɔ mma
…ama ɔnam a, na n’abati ɛɛto ahantan nnwom
Efirisɛ na obu ne ho okukudam
N’ɛnso wɔn a wɔhyɛ n’ase nyinaa buu no okuku-ɔdamfoɔ nnyɛ nɛ

II
Wo bisa sɛ ɛdeɛn ntira?
Ɛneɛ tie ɛ
Ɔde suahunu ɛkɔtena suatera dua ase
…de pia pia nsukɔnoma kɔ dua no so
Ɔfaa nyamberansɛm yi so kenkan wɔn nhweneɛ
…san de kukɔɔ wɔn adagya mu nsrahwɛ wɔ ehu hyɛn mu

III
Nnura yi a,
Aberantipa no kyeree Akuba de no tena ne tiaseɛnam mu tesɛ Bronya akokɔ
Wɔn duru ne nhyɛsoɔ kokomu hɔ no
M’enfrɛ hɔ efie da
Ɔwɔ no nkonsa ma no kɔ si ne nneɛma
Owie yɛ no
…ɔsan nso si n’agegemu kosi sɛ Akuba atufokɛseɛ no dwo yɛɛ traa
Aa ɔnyɛ n’asiwa
Ɔde nsɔhwɛ mu ndiguo na ɛdane etuo
…de bɔ no ntrɛne

IV
Ɛnɛ yi,
…ɔde n’asɛm kɔɔ Abaawa so no
Ɛna n’apaawa abɛtɔ animguaseɛ gya so no o
Enti wo te akuku-adamfoɔ a
Na ɛyɛ wɔn a wɔn de wɔn sɔsɔ
…eetu mmaayaa ayaase wɔ suapɔn abodin mu
Wɔn kɔfabae ɛne “Okukudam” a n’apaawa da so yi
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © October 11, 2019

AYASE NTƆKWA

Akasa akasa bebree yi fapem ne sɛn?
Yɛse yɛse mframa ɛɛkeka ammodin dɔ ho asɛm
Bɔyiɛ!

Ib
Ano jejejeje bɔ awerɛfie
Sɛ sɛbi, yɛ nto ɛdan akyi pono mu
Paapa,
…ansa na wo bɛ bue w’ano no
Hwɛ hunu sɛ
Wo dan akyi pono mu ato danwee
Efirisɛ ɔdɔ mu akronfoɔ kyere woa
…ɛɛdɛ sene deɛ ɔdɔ mu kyewpafoɔ abasobɔdeɛ
Ɛdeɛn na nananom aanyɛ anfa abosomsom tumi gyina ho?
Nanso ɛnɛ yi
Halleluya ntiamu bɔ nananom abosom asasa
Ɛnkyɛ na abufuw adane bɛfame mpaebɔ

II
Ɔdɔ mu nsɛm nsɛm nyɛ me Abena Tawiah Amoafowaa dadwene
Efirisɛ obiara akuma ne ne nan
Ebi nanti kɔ wɔn anim
Ebi nanti kɔ wɔn akyi
M’entumi nbɔ me deɛ adwaa
Na m’akɔ fa obi deɛ asua akɔ kyini
Sɛ anim pono ne n’akyi pono wɔ apue yi de
Abɔntene kwan yɛ efiewura nkoa tirimusɛm

III
Ɛwɔ mu sɛ nnipa su ma awufo deɛ
Ɛno nkyerɛ sɛ efunu nkɔ mprɔyɛ mu
Enti mma nnisuo hunu nsɛye w’aniso adehunu
Ano ka nsɛm a aduru n’asuɛye
Nanso akekakeka bebree bɔ tirimu pɔ asesa
Wo deɛ na hwɛ
…na w’akoma akɔso
Ɛnɛ asetena pɔnkɔ nte fo
…na w’afa ne ho akonya menemukro
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © October 4, 2019

YƐNFRƐ YIE

Yɛnfrɛ yie o
Na yɛngyai sɛ y’adane yɛn ho abɔmɔfo bɔne
Ɛɛtoto yɛn ho yɛn ho piaw
Wɔ nsɛyiɛ adjan mu no

1b.
Nnɔbae bɔne abobɔ wɔ yɛn nfuo mu
…kɛtɛasehyɛ bayerɛ
…prɔyɛ mankani
…krɔno brɔdeɛ
…anibrɛ ɛmmo
…ntrɔ bankye
…pɛsɛmenkomenya ntɔrewa
…w’ati me w’aka me mako ne ne nkeka ho
Nso yen tima nframa ma wɔn nyinaa ahumee
Yɛnfrɛ yie!

2.
Aduru mmre a ɛsɛsɛ adeyɔ hyɛ yɛn ntini mu ma
Mmre a ɛwɔ sɛ yɛtwa nnɔbae bɔne yi nyinaa gu aduru
Nanso yɛ yɛ adwuma den
Tɔ atuduro de hyɛ gyidie tuo mu
De pia mprako a wɔn hyɛ nguan ntaade
Ma wɔn kɔ sɛpɛ wɔn ho nyini wɔ prɔyɛ yi mu
Nso yɛkɔ so ara soma mprako a wɔn hyɛ nguan ntaade
…ebi de yɛ kɔkɔɔ
…ebi de yɛ fitaa
…ebi de yɛ tuntum
…ebi de yɛ ahabansuo ne neɛ ɛkekakeka ho
Yaa Obenewaa nkwadaa nnwom yi hia wɔ ɔko yi ano

3.
Nana abrewa kɔtɔ prako
Prako no su sɛ ɔrenkɔ fie
Nana abrewa kɔtɔ kraman
…kraman ka prako
…prako hunu kwan kɔ fie
Nana abrewa kɔtɔ abaa
…abaa bɔ kraman
…kraman ka prako
…prako hunu kwan kɔ fie
Nana abrewa kɔtɔ ogya
…ogya hye abaa
…abaa bɔ kraman
…kraman ka prako
…prako hunu kwan kɔ fie
Nana abrewa kɔtɔ nsuo
…nsuo dum ogya
…ogya hye abaa
…abaa bɔ kraman
…kraman ka prako
…prako hunu kwan kɔ fie

4.
Yɛnfrɛ yie!
Nsoma nkanyan nkɔbɔ nnyuma bɔne akyi! Mfa atuduro mpia buruburugya!

4b
Boa maa mpanyinbɔne nhwehwɛ nnyuma pa akyirikwan
Efirisɛ mmre nni nsan akyiri nan
Nso ɔwɔ nhwɛakyiri ani
San kura mfoni afidie
Eetwa yɛn tesɛ sene
Owuo kyere yɛn tesɛ neɛ nkrɔma kyiri nkokɔ a
Ne tumi a wɔ ne nsɛmka mu nni awei
Efirisɛ ne mmrɛ nkoa na ɔbɛwɔ ano
…de bɛdi yɛn mɔdenbɔ ho adanseɛ
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © September 27, 2019

IN THIS CUE

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We are in a cue

We will dock when we’re due

There is nothing like immortal few

And there’s no one to really sue

Let the natural tongue speak of life’s curfew

CHORUS

“Mere bi bɛba

Nↄti bɛkↄ nↄte mu

Ama nↄte abobↄ nompe mu

 ɛse bɛguan atua agyaboↄ

Na nↄte akyire nhwi deduam

Onua hwan na  ↄnkↄ mere yi mu?”

II

In this long cue

Some might see the hew

With no regard for souls who mew

As more follow in the new

Once caught, no words can free from the pew

And oh, who cares if all view?

Let the natural tongue speak of life’s curfew

CHORUS

“Mere bi bɛba

Nↄti bɛkↄ nↄte mu

Ama nↄte abobↄ nompe mu

 ɛse bɛguan atua agyaboↄ

Na nↄte akyire nhwi deduam

Onua hwan na  ↄnkↄ mere yi mu?”

III

Who still wants to be a shrew?

When these storms are in the brew?

None knows of the pruning crew

None knows of the hands which the rope did drew

Each from the cue will form its own stew

Let the natural tongue speak of life’s curfew

CHORUS

“Mere bi bɛba

Nↄti bɛkↄ nↄte mu

Ama nↄte abobↄ nompe mu

 ɛse bɛguan atua agyaboↄ

Na nↄte akyire nhwi deduam

Onua hwan na  ↄnkↄ mere yi mu?”

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

PEACE, ASOMDWOE.

Gentle talks defeat flying sticks

Whipping mouths wake darkness in hearts

“Ano brԑbrԑ ma abaa tↄ

Ano mfiawa huhuru akuma”

Talk to the tongue,

To talk to the sharp teeth

To stop salivating when tempers stand

For all.

Otuu “ayԑ me, me nso mԑyԑ no bi”

In fact, Otuu “ayԑ me, me deԑ me de ԑyԑ behyԑ no”

Supporter, “ahyԑ no” singlet, “ahyԑ no” trousers, “ahyԑ no” shirti,

“Asan ahyԑ no kyԑ, na mede spԑԑce ataa so

Efirisԑ me yԑ” king-kong.

Ԑna ԑyԑԑ dԑn?

Sԑ yԑ bԑ hunu sԑ, wo yԑ ԑyԑ mu king-kong de aduane bԑsi wo pono so?

Sԑ amanfo bԑhunu sԑ obiara ntumi mfa wakyi nka fↄm

De sika bԑhyԑ wo bↄtↄmu?

Sԑ obiara bԑhunu sԑ wo ho yԑ dene

De mpuntuo bԑba wo manfo abrabↄ mu?

Think peace,

Think hard work,

Think harmony,

Think development

And cut the chase of war

A gentle mouth sets the pace.

    Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © 2014.