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Afehyiapa!

January 4, 2019

Afehyiapa is a word from the Ghanaian Dialect,

 

Pronounced Ah -feesh -yaa-pa! 

 

It is how the Akans say Merry Christmas, Happy New year and its pretty much how you wish someone a happy celebration whether it be for Easter or Christmas, heck sometimes it even means Happy Birthday! 

 

Afehyiapa, litterally translates to "good end of the year" or "the year has ended well."

 

 In response to Afehyiapa we answer "Afi enko mbe tuyee daa!"

 

meaning: May the year always return turn and meet us again!

 

No matter the celebratioin we always hope that when it returns we are around to meet it again and again and again, which is what the last word "daa" means. it essentially means over and over, again and again or always.

The final part of this three part exchange is a Ghanaian New Years custom, where we speak affirmations on to each others life. 

Afi s3 s3h means "by this time next year..." 

 

So, in keeping with Ghanaian customs here we go: by this time next year you will enjoy more & more and more stories of culture, customs and experiences from differenct African countries frdifferent Africans across the diaspora. 

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