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Saying goodbye to Mary Danquah

It is not a balanced equation if all languages must come to English to mean something.
– Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

‘Nana-Ama!’ my mother called out. ‘Come meet one of your cousins.’

We were in Accra, at a family gathering – a wedding or funeral or naming ceremony, I can’t say which; they all blur into what, essentially, seems like the same memory of delicious platters of food and an endless array of new kinfolk whose names and exact relationship to me I no longer even try to keep track of. Except this time. This time would be different. This introduction would leave me speechless.

I went and stood beside my mother. She placed a hand on my back, just below my right shoulder. ‘Nana-Ama,’ she said, almost giddily, ‘this is Mary Danquah. And Mary, this is Nana-Ama.’

I was instantly confused, thrust into what felt like an alternate reality. I blinked slowly, allowing my lids to stay down for a moment or two longer than usual, then I looked at my ‘new’ cousin. For a moment, I half-expected to see my own face staring back.

‘I’m sorry… um… did you… what… um… Mary

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