All black people are ‘rasta’ – Member of Parliament

All black people are ‘rasta’ - Member of Parliament

 All black people are ‘rasta’
Members of Ghana’s Parliament, who come from different walks
of life, also have backgrounds as diverse as can be.

One of the unique elements in the skill set of one such Member of

Parliament (MP), Murtala Mohammed, was highlighted today on

the AM Show on Joy News when the Tamale Central legislator

spoke some good Patois during a discourse with

Benjamin Akakpo on Matters of National Concern.


Starting the conversation off on a jovial note, the MP described

Patois as a language of black people, adding that all black

people are ‘rasta.’ He went on to explain that one does not

need to have locked hair or smoke marijuana to be a Rastafarian.

He said the language was developed after the slave trade when

many Africans were taken from the continent into the diaspora.

“For most of them, depending on where they were taken,

English (and for some, too, French) was the only language

they were exposed to; but English was not their mother tongue.

They were, thus, forced to find a means of communicating with one

another, which led to the creation of this common language, patois.

He added that anyone who is a Pan-African must make an effort to

learn the language. He also mentioned that there are two types of Patois:

the Babylon Patois and the rude man Patois.

Watch video below;

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