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Kwesi Yankah Writes: DC Kwame Kwakye in Pictures [EXCLUSIVE]

Born in 1912, Kwame Kwakye was a school dropout and fitted squarely within the ‘Verandah Boy’ paradigm where men of limited literacy could climb to high echelons of power.

Following my last post, I present below a sample feedback I have received on Ghana’s folk hero, Kwame Kwakye, and more pictures of our beloved DC Kwame Kwakye. Enjoy!

Frempong Emmanuel Okyere: Great! You brought a Great history alive

Clement Achim Gyimah: Very refreshing to read. I knew him when I was schooling at Awisa Presbyterian Middle Boarding school. His son Emmanuel Kwakye and Juliet Kwakye are good friends. Thank you Prof

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RevGeorge Nhyira Korsah: Thanks Professor, though he was full of humour, there are several lessons to learn from his leadership. You made me laugh this evening…

Abdul Aziz Mustapha: Very educative piece. Thanks for writing, Prof.

Joe Amoako: Kwesi, wobeku me oo! You kill me proper!! Good job done for the reminiscence!!!

Jude Intsiful: Unique and captivating.

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FOR YOU: Kwesi Yankah Writes: DC Kwame Kwakye and His Special English Diction

Benjamin Bosomprah: Nkrumah’s District Commissioners were feared all over. Some of them were heartless like D.C. Cudjoe of Accra who was feared by headmasters of schools. If he sees school girls with bushy hair all he needed to do was to drive the big scissors used for sewing through the hair and destroy the hair style!

Harrison Fori: Thanks and God Bless You Amen.

Rev’d Grant Essuman: Thanks Prof…This speech is very awakening.

Phyllis Kwarteng Donkor Phd: Thank you Prof. This indeed is a good piece of history. While I knew the name and a few sayings of DC Kwame Kwakye, your submission has provided me with flesh, and good knowledge of the man himself.

Adu Bonsu Dominic: Wow, I always love reading Prof’s post especially the sense of humor and how beautifully you always conclude write-ups!

Kesse Kofi Basahyia: Indeed Prof, you have really been educating most of us. Very touching.

Owusu Matthew: Most grateful, Prof. Yankah, for sharing this piece of information with us.

Eugene Yeboah: Great writer. I recall those years back when I made sure I read his column titled WOES OF A KWATRIOT. He titled one ‘SSS Sakabo’ to tell the government  that graduates of Senior Secondary Schools should not be forced to do National Service.

Kwaku Bediako: I knew Kwame Kwakye very well. My father was Headteacher at Oda Presby Junior school from 1956 -60 whilst I was in boarding house at -Abuakwa State College Kyebi. I spent all my holidays at Oda. I was told one day Kwame Kwakye disrupted a dance night after suspecting his side chick had been brought to the dancing hall. He rushed there, took centre stage and shouted “stop the Band all collegiates out.”

Kofi Ghanaba

The DC within Dr Nkrumah’s government had special aura around them. There was this one who didn’t take no for an answer. He was the famous DC Akowua of Asante Mampong. He was so feared that you needed not retort after he had spoken. So as at now in the Asante Mampong enclave, when someone is preventing you from talking back, the phrase “Are you DC Akowua? He was also referred to as “ka nka bi” Akowua. They were all part of the tyranny during that period.

Felix Gyamfi: Fantastic piece Prof.

As someone currently working in Oda i have been asking about the oral prowess of the famous DC and I have been told a few and shown his house and relatives. I have seen streets that bear his name and the many development projects that bear testimony to his ‘dibiality”.  Prof, with due respect, please should we say “Akyem” or “Akim”? Isn’t it about time that we pronounce the name of our towns right as they originally are before the European incursion into our languages?

Dr. Grace Diaba: Good evening Prof. My husband has been laughing his heart out on the above post. 🤣🤣 🙏🙏

Prof. (LENN Club): Wonderful, beau_ful ar_cle, typical of Prof. Yankah. I was a student at Odasco between 1962 and 1967, and very familiar with the stories in the ar_cle. And, by the way, the father of my wife, my classmate at Odasco, and DC KK, were good friends!!😆😆😆

Anamzoya: Awesome!

I heard the saying “Nkrumah cannot division/divisible himself into twice…” years ago, without knowing the actual source. Many thanks, Prof. Educa_ng us and making us laugh at the same _me.

Bernard (LENN Club): Hahahaha. Nice one, Prof 👍

Mr. Poku Kyei: Good evening, Prof. I believe I might have told you some _me ago that DC Kwame Kwakye is my father-in-law. Indeed during the tradi_onal marriage ceremony, one of my friends asked him whether he was author of the numerous sayings aeributed to him. In response he said most of them were fabrica_ons, but since it increased his popularity he didn’t mind at all. Indeed he actually used the word “fabrica_ons”.

Very interes_ng account. A very kind and generous person. He was full of humour and anecdotes. When my elder brother, Bob Kyei, was posted to Akim Oda as the Circuit Court Judge, he made sure that nobody would do anything to corrupt him. He warned anybody especially the women to stay away from him. He really made him feel at home and would ask his wives to cook for him. But of course, it boosted his image.

Dr. Sammy Ohene: DC Kwame Kwakye’s quotes could easily form a disserta_on topic for one of your graduate students. Represen_ng the President at the formal opening ceremony for a pipe borne water project, he’s alleged to have said: “If Osagyefo Kwame is not there, I DC Kwame, I’m here. I open this pipe. Now everybody come and drink”. The paraphrased versions presented as direct quotes add to the allure of DC Kwakye’s peculiar Twinglish.  Great ar_cle, as usual. Thanks.

Ama Oduma: Good write up

Kwame Kwakye was once asked if he was the district commissioner and he answered “No am the D.C”  We also heard how he was once asked if he wanted to give evidence in vernacular and he responded “What! a man in suit and coat and trousers to give evidence in vernacular?”😂😂😂😂 A good friend of mine married one of his sons and Mrs Kwakye had to accept part of this hilarious joke about her in-law as part of her own in the presence of friends  You have given me memories of an old friend.


Richard Adjei: Thanks, Prof. you’ve given me a good laugh this night. Good night, sir.

Matthew Owusu: Fantastic!

Kofi Ewusi: Hahahahaahaaaaa😁😁😁😁😁

Kojo Yankah: Unforgettable Kwame Kwakye 🤩🤩🤩

Nana Aba Amfo: Interesting read.

Opoku Berko: His son, a ‘pre’ year mate at Tech in 1964, ‘refused and resisted’ being angered by ridiculing comments about his father. He forever remained unperturbed and coldly silent when confronted with comments about his father.

Nana S.K. Duah Asante: Hilarious. Thanks for sharing, Kwesi.

Dr. Ishmael Yamson: Prof., this is classic. Great piece.

Dr. Mensa Otabil: Brilliant, Prof. Loved it.

Gyan Apenteng: Dear Prof K. Your article on DC Kwame Kwakye transported me back to an era in the dim past when our social medium was the word of mouth. It is strange but interesting how the Kwame Kwakye phenomenon swept across the country unaided by any technology. Of course, as it made the rounds, it was adapted and embellished. At my school, we heard his answer to the question about his mission was that he was a Presbyterian. To me, DC Kwame Kwakye *was and remains a Presbyterian!*


DC Kwakye in suit and coat
(Nifahene of Akim Awisa) If not Kwame Nkrumah, I am the who?
Man of the People
I stand in the leg of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah
Because of my dibiality, people work myself arithmetic

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