Everyday Islam in Kumasi: Devout Lay Men and Women in Daily Life

by Gracia Clark

English Interviews

British colonial rule established English in Ghana as the language of language and education during the nineteenth century. Any Ghanaian who has finished school reads and speaks some English, and many without schooling have learned some useful phrases. Local languages also incorporated English loan words for modern technologies and institutions. The English spoken by office workers and civil servants is standard British usage and spelling. Primary and middle-school leavers tend to speak with more accent and to modify their English word usage to translate local language vocabulary more exactly. If Pidgin English is heard, the speaker is most likely from another part of British West Africa, such as Nigeria or Sierra Leone.

An Arabic Teacher
Date: 2006

An Arabic Teacher

"As I understood the teachings of Islam, I pledged to let my fellow Muslims also know more about Islam and the Koran. That is why I prefer teaching."

A Secondary School Teacher
Date: 2006

A Secondary School Teacher

"My Mum never gave up."

A Trader and a Teacher
Date: 2006

A Trader and a Teacher

"My uncle saw that I was not interested in marriage, so one day he just called me and said 'I want you to be married to your brother [cousin],' and it worked."

The Work of God
Date: 2006

The Work of God

"Next time that I greet you, with the grace of God you will also be a Muslim."

Not Every Woman Can Do This Work
Date: 2006

Not Every Woman Can Do This Work

"It is only me, a woman selling these double axles here. My family are proud of me as a woman selling this, because it is not easy for some women to learn this trade."

Mohammed Bawa
Date: August 13, 2009

Mohammed Bawa

"First, be honest; second, be patient."

Ahmed Bashir Baba
Date: August 13, 2009

Ahmed Bashir Baba

"All that we need is unity."

Suleiman Zakaria
Date: August 13, 2009

Suleiman Zakaria

"The religion of Islam is totally about peace"

Abdul Hannan Al Waiz
Date: August 13, 2009

Abdul Hannan Al Waiz

"I know what is bad and what is good for me."

Abdu Basit
Date: August 13, 2009

Abdu Basit

"Bicycles have helped me."

Fuseini Nahidshah
Date: August 15, 2009

Fuseini Nahidshah

"People like coming here."

Sadick Jaffo
Date: August 15, 2009

Sadick Jaffo

"I have to respect these people."

Ibrahim Abdul Rashid
Date: August 15, 2009

Ibrahim Abdul Rashid

"We don't advise that."

Abu Rawbil
Date: August 15, 2009

Abu Rawbil

"Islam teaches us to love one another."

Abdul Rashid Alhassan
Date: August 15, 2009

Abdul Rashid Alhassan

"You must be seen to be a good Muslim."

Suleman Haruna
Date: August 21, 2009

Suleman Haruna


Ahmed Abdulah
Date: August 21, 2009

Ahmed Abdulah

"I will drive peacefully; I will come home peacefully."

Muhammed Bashiru Danakabu
Date: August 21, 2009

Muhammed Bashiru Danakabu

"They are not doing it for Islam."

Ahmed Abubakar Ali
Date: August 21, 2009

Ahmed Abubakar Ali

"I'm a real Zongo man."

Muhammed Amin Abu Bakr
Date: August 21, 2009

Muhammed Amin Abu Bakr

"Islam has taught me a lot."

Halima Abdallah
Date: August 21, 2009

Halima Abdallah

"I don't think I can marry again."