As part of the Farmers Day celebration, Joy FM, Ghana’s leading and most influential radio station, marked the day in style with all presenters speaking in their local dialect.
It was all fun on Friday, as presenters from the station served discerning listeners content in various local languages.
Favorite English speaking radio presenters/personalities showed their prowess in local languages ranging from Twi, Ewe, Hausa, Ga etc.
The day began with a hot praise and worship session from the live worship team which also brought us the sermon for the day in Twi.
Winston Amoah and producer Sammy Odame led the Super Morning Show (SMS) team to bring listeners this year’s Farmer’s Day edition.
A quite confused Winston, who obviously didn’t know which dialect to begin with, since he was fluent in more than one local language [at least Twi, Fante and Ewe], finally settled on Fante to start the morning.
However, he later spiced the show with Ewe.
“Na maara menhye ase den mpo?,” he said, to wit, “How should I even begin?”
After Winston introduced listeners to the show, Bernice Abu-Baidoo Lansah and other members of the news team also served the latest news at 6am in Twi.
Listen to an excerpt.
Then, Animwaa Anim-Addo ushered listeners into the newspaper review segment in Ga.
Here’s an excerpt below.
The Sports team, led by George Addo Jnr, also brought listeners a mixed edition of the Kayatic Sports review, as Sports presenters for the morning, including JoySport’s Nathan Attoh, Gary Al-Smith, and others filed reports Twi, Ga, Hausa, Mamprusi etc.
Here’s a video.
Winston Amoah further brought an interview with a Professor at the Linguistic Department at the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Kofi Agyekum popularly known as Opanyin Agyekum on the need to prioritise the speaking of our local dialects.
On the show, the Professor eulogised Ghanaians languages and said these languages give a sense of belonging, as well as identity.
He further urged parents to speak the Ghanaian languages with their children.
The academic added that anyone who fails to teach a child his/her local language is infringing on the linguistic human rights of the child.
Winston also read ads in Twi, spiced with Ewe and Fante, then, he brought listeners an interview with highlife artiste, Kofi Kinaata, also in Twi, after which the show came to an end.
Hannah Odame followed with the 10am news, also in Twi.
Animwaa Anim-Addo took over after Hannah with the Cosmopolitan mix in Ga, and brought her listeners live feeds from the Ecobank-Joy Habitat Fair which happened at the Accra International Conference Center.
Then, Bernice brought the Midday edition of the News, dubbed, “Premtobre Kasiebo.” She brought us latest events happening all over the country in the 12pm edition of the news.
During the bulletin, Hans Mensah Andoh read his Sports (agopramaso mu nsem) in Twi and Becky fabulously read the entertainment news in Ewe.
The Business team also came at 1:00 pm and served the latest in the world of business in Ga.
Host Sammy Forson, co-hosted by Gifty Andoh-Appiah brought listeners the local edition of Ignition, spiced with great highlife tunes, from the Joy Habitat Fair grounds at the AICC.
Ernest Manu also brought took his turn at 2 pm with the news update, during which he wrapped up events happening across the country and presented a wrap filed by Hannah Odame of the #JoyFmGoesLocal. Gifty [Adwoa] and Sammy [Kofi] took over after the news.
Then came party time on the JoyDrive with DJ Wobete and host Lexis Bill, also serving the best of the show from the Accra International Conference Centre.
The drive team featured JoyNews Editor Araba Koomson who spoke “Fanglish” [Fante mixed with English].
The station took an hour and a half break from the local languages and joined Daniel Dadzie on the JoyNews channel to serve listeners with the day’s edition of Ghana connect.
After that, the Sports team led by George Addo Jnr. stormed the studio again with some sports.
It was also an exciting time, as all members of the sports team who had made it for that night’s edition, surprised listeners with great deliveries in various languages.
Again, George Addo-Jnr spoke Twi throughout the show. Gary joined the discussion with a mix of Ga and Twi.