Saturday, 22 August 2009

Tottenham, towels and Twi

Hmmm, the past two days I've made the same mistake and can only come to one conclusion: hungry babies are extremely difficult to bath! Apart from constantly wriggling about, they try to drink the bath water (yuck) and eat their towel.

Our move from Kent into London (well, the outskirts of it) has made me feel like I'm getting closer to Ghana. As a south London gal, I know there are huge Ghanaian communities in Tooting, Streatham, Norbury and most of the Croydon boroughs, but it seems the North is housing even more Ghanaians! Here in Tottenham, a short walk took me past the Golden Stool (restaurant/club/pub) and Yaw's Salon. Wherever I go, if I don't hear Twi being spoken, it's because the people are speaking Ga! And at Tottenham Hale station a ticket attendant actually recognised Virgo and called out one of their party cheers, I tell you, it was strangely surreal!

Either way, it's good to know that if need be, I can most certainly find some abenkwan or kelewele just around the corner.


Abena said...

Interesting...from my short time in London I was strictly a North London gal and knew nothing of the South..well, except that there were lots of Ghanaians in Croydon. If you are looking for the highest concentration of Ghanaians in North London than I have two words for you: Edmonton Green. At some point I moved to a house in Stamford Hill. We used to go to the huge Tesco in South Tottenham and all I used to hear was Twi and Ga among customers and workers!

Maya Mame said...

That's just round the corner from me, Abena! My uncle and a friend actually both live there, and any time I get the bus in that direction, twi is all I hear. How funny!

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

I'm strictly a south London gyal but North London has too many Ghanaian's for me! That road (which the Tesco's is on) leading from Seven Sister's up to Edmonton Green and beyond has too many Ghanaian's around it! Have you been to Broadwater Farm yet? Keep going out of London, past Edmonton to Enfield and the trend continues...English is no longer the main language!

Maya Mame said...

Nsoromma, lol, you're right, there's more English spoken in Accra than in that part of town.

And no, I haven't been to Broadwater Farm...I've already escaped back to South London!


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