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Nsaba & Agona Swedru

posted 19 Oct 2011 17:04 by John Turl   [ updated 20 Oct 2011 01:18 ]
From Dr. K A Anaman, Co-ordinator of Nsaba Ghana Community Projects: Nsaba is a corrupted Agona language word for "Nsaborowe" or "beaten sponge". Nsaba was a place where people went to beat spongy plants and turn them into sponges for use by people. Over time the word was shortened to Nsaba. Incidentally, another Agona town, Swedru means Soadururu that is carry heavy loads often of plantains and bananas. Please note that the Agonas are distinct Akan sub-ethnic group and not Fantes as wrongly asserted by commentators. The Agona language is about 60% Twi and 40% Fante and was being planned to be used as the national Akan language for Ghana in the 1960s.
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