Gandhi Statue Removed "Afta Protests Say He be 'Racist'"
December 18, 2018, 12:43 PM
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From BBC News Pidgin:

Ghana Foreign Ministry remove Mahatma Gandhi statue from University campus afta protests say he be ‘racist’
13 December 2018

University of Ghana Authorities on Thursday remove statue of India Independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi which dem mount for di school afta massive online protest by some lecturers who argue say Gandhi be racist. …

Di lecturers argue say some of Gandhi en writings dey suggest say Indians be “infinitely superior” to black Africans, so dem no want see en statue for campus.

Registrar for University of Ghana, Mercy Haizel-Aisha release press statement today inform di University say Ministry of Foreign Affairs remove di Gandhi statue from campus.

“We no fit have racist person statue for wana campus sake of he be racist, sake of statue be honourable thing, so if Gandhi be racist them en statue for the University go mean say we dey project den tins” Nana Adoma Asare Adei, one law student for University of Ghana campus, wey BBC Pidgin tok plus.

An anonymous iSteve commenter says: “And then they came for Gandhi, and I said nothing, because their sunsplash-rasta language sounded so cheery.”

I enjoy reading BBC News Pidgin, but is there really anybody in Africa who finds it easier to read than normal English? Isn’t the point of a pidgin that it’s easier to speak, rather than easier to read? (“Pidgin” is a simplified language that emerges among adults who speak different languages when they are cast together. “Creole” is the more complex language that their children come up with.)


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