Ghanian parliament collapses with laughter over rude village name

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Lawmakers in Ghana collapsed into fits of giggles when an MP read out the rude names of villages in his constituency.

MP John Frimpong Osei began to list the names during a debate about electricity, with the giggles coming not long after he mentioned ‘Etwe nim Nyansa’. Etwe nim Nyansa translates from the Twi language into English as ‘Vagina is wise,’ according to the BBC.

But the MP soon had the Ghanian parliament roaring with laughter when he read out other village names which translate as ‘Penis is a fool’ and ‘Testicles are Sad’. Osei listed the names as he was asking when the areas would get access to electricity.

These are the English translations for the Twi names:

  • Etwe nim Nyansa – “Vagina is Wise”
  • Kote ye Aboa – “Penis is a Fool”
  • Shua ye Morbor – “Testicles are Sad”.

Nearly 80% of the population in Ghana has electricity, almost double the average across Africa. The parliament erupted into laughter when the village names were read out .Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko joked: ‘Providing them with electricity may interfere with nocturnal activities.’

Agyarko then confirmed a survey would be conducted into how the villages in Abirem, in Eastern Region, could become connected to the national grid. The video from Thursday shows MPs in utter hysterics after Osei started reading the names of villages Kote ye Aboa and Shua ye Morbor out loud.

The BBC reports that many Ghanians had not heard of the villages until the clip began to circulate, which has left them to wonder why they came to be called such unusual names. Thomas Naadi, based in the Ghanian capital Accra, says names are usually given by the first settlers in those communities, being drawn from the life experience of those individuals.