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“Ayeeko!” Atebubu Amantin  Ghana
by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Greet a Ghanaian with the word ayeeko (“eye-yeh-koo”) and you’ll earn instant street credibility. Translated as “well done” and “congratulations” and used as a salutation, the word—also spelled ayekoo and ayikoo— comes from the Twi dialect of the Akan language. Twi is the most widely spoken language in Ghana.

Illustration by Ken D’Amato. This appeared in the May/June 2012 issue. 
West Africa