I hate LAFA, I totally hate it! Ok, let me start well. Locally Acquired Foreign Accent is a fake accent a Ghanaian puts on when speaking Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England or President Obama’s English. They try to “slur” the English, often it’s the American English they prefer. It’s even worse with those who have actually travelled, someone you just escorted to the airport, calls you on arrival and he has miraculously developed a foreign accent and not even 48 hours have passed.
It is not like the Ghanaian English accent is terrible, there are other African countries that have heavy accents but they don’t even worry about it. Naturally we Ghanaians prefer foreign things and made in Ghana goods don’t appeal to us, but it is very surprising how we can learn a whole new lifestyle from just watching television, especially the way we learn the foreign accent from JUST watching foreign movies. Take a look at our local television; most of those who appear on them are fair Ghanaians who have lived half of their lives in foreign countries so the accent comes naturally. Now if a local breed
chicken Ghanaian also wants to appear on television, its natural they would also want to fit in so they can bleach tamper with their skin color then learn the foreign accent locally and then they are set to appear on television.
But its annoying, that’s my point. Some of these people who try to speak the LAFA can’t even speak good English and the LAFA they are speak is riddled with so many grammatical errors (I’m not a grammar Nazi but at times it gets unbearable) filled with “r” slur (every pronounced word must have an r sound in it). It’s not right, we should think about our young brothers, sisters and kids watching television and think about the fact that they will learn this rubbish. Very soon the Ghanaian English will become extinct and all we will have is this virus spreading faster than light called LAFA.
I’m sure very soon some will start using the accent the French use when they are speaking English or even learn the Chinese accent.
An Anti-LAFA me,
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