Ghana MPs can't stop laughing over villages named after genitals
Ever heard a funny name and just couldn't stop laughing? Well, you're not alone - lawmakers in Ghana couldn't keep a straight face and burst into hysterical laughter when the names of some villages with references to genitals came up in a parliamentary debate on the rather serious topic of providing electricity to villages. What warranted such amusement? Read on, we'll explain.
What started as a sombre session ended in hilarity
What started as a sombre parliament session, soon erupted into hilarity after MP John Frimpong Osei began listing the names of some villages in his constituency that included references to genitals. Osei's list included three villages named in the Twi language, all of which, in translation, made wisecrack remarks on male and female genitals.
So, what did the village names translate to?
Shua ye Morbor, Kote ye Aboa, and Etwe nim Nyansa were the village names. While the first one literally translates to "Testicles are Sad" (may we ask why?), the other two were much more provocative, translating to "Penis is Fool" and "Vagina is Wise".
Ghana's energy minister couldn't help but crack a joke
Given the names, the reaction of the MPs is understandable. "Providing them with electricity may interfere with nocturnal activities," quipped Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, unable to help himself. However, the minister, in earnest, added that a survey would be conducted to explore how the villages in question could be connected to the national grid and supplied with electricity.
Watch Ghana MPs erupt into hysterical laughter
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Where did such colorful names come from?
Many Ghanians, who had earlier never heard of these villages, were left wondering about the origin of the hilarious names. Shedding some light, BBC explains that such names are normally given by the first settlers of a community, and they generally reflect the life experiences of those individuals. Well, that surely explains the "Penis is Fool" and "Vagina is Wise" names.