Kwame Djokoto: “I Cannot Speak English As Comfortably As Fanti”

696156719_956646TV presenter and actor, Kwame Djokoto, popular for his voice overs in radio commercials and his role in the Efiewura television series, says that there is nothing mysterious about the way he comes by the witty phrases that have made him a darling to many Ghanaians.

“My jargons are indeed every day words”, he told Showbiz last Monday from his base in Kumasi.

Some of the most popular ones include “Edziban a dzidzi” , “Obo Twumlaa”, “Pia monko oo… patre kotom”, “Aborokyir Bodanfo” and “Angwatominiko”.

“I know many of my fans wonder how I come by these jargons but all I do is that I use words that are familiar with most people and give them a little humour.

“For example, I can change words like Socio – cultural, political, economic reasons to ‘socopoco reasons’ just to depict what I actually mean”.

According to him, he developed this skill back in the days when he lived with his parents at Takoradi and growing up, he fell in love with the Ta’di dialect of the Fanti language which was mostly spoken with a sprinkling of jargons by the indigenes.

Speaking on the prospects of comedy in the country, the drive time host at Hello FM expressed his optimism about the growth of comedy in the country if given the needed support.

To buttress his point, Kwame Djokoto mentioned the names of Kumasi based actors, Agya Koo; Lil Wayne and Kwaku Manu who are currently enjoying a lot of patronage is an indication of Ghanaians’ acceptance of comedy. “Anybody who is in doubt can check the large number of movies these people have made as compared to other non-comedy actors”.

He revealed that even though he has long cherished the dream of becoming a standup comedian, his major challenge has been the English language which he described as a barrier.

“Even though I speak English, I cannot speak it as comfortably as I do in Fanti. However, I have done a number of standup comedy shows in Takoradi and last year, I was privileged to share the same stage with the talented and famous Klint the Drunk” .

After starring in movies such as For Girls, Monster, Wazenger and Fatal Lust, the man who hails from the Volta Region said that he is currently working on his new Comedy TV series, Osimesi which will start airing later this year.

“Comedy is my way of life and has always been part of me because naturally, I like to take the lighter side of every issue and I don’t regret being called a comedian”.

Kwame Djokoto is married with two children. He had his education at Tarkwa Secondary School and Cape Coast Technical. He proceeded to Nautical College at Nungua but he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Business Administration at the Kumasi campus of University of Education, Winneba.

Source: Gifty Owusu-Amoah

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