THE DANES ARE COMING; THE DANES ARE COMING

Posted on February 25, 2010

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Well, not really. But we’ve had a few Danish couples and families lately.

First came the Andersens-which I am told is the most common name in Denmark.

Michael, an archeologist and a museum curator, was most interested in the lost wax process at the brass village of KROFROM , located 4 km south of FOUR VILLAGES INN, according to the latest Bradt Guide to Ghana (edition 4). FOUR VILLAGES INN has been supporting this village for years now by taking guests on a FREE excursion. Michael’s comment after listening to the head brassmith’s lengthy explanation of the work intensive process, “It’s the bronze age.”

Michael’s wife’s name is Nanna which is “an old Norse name.” Anytime I introduced her to Ghanaians, the reaction was surprise. The name nana in Ghana denotes a chief. Now, did the Danes bring the name or was the name here first?

Here is the review Michael and Nana wrote in our FOUR VILLAGES INN guest book:

” We have spent three nights here on our holiday in Ghana. We have been to Accra and now we will be heading to the coast at Anamabu (Central Region). We have enjoyed Kumasi a lot, but we are happy that we did not choose to stay at the city centre. FOUR VILLAGES INN is a gem that we will recommend to every traveller. Thanks for your great hospitality.”

And on the historical slant, our next visitors, also from Denmark, were the Olwig family. Professor Ken was reading one of Thorkild Hansen’s trilogy on slavery-Coast of Slaves-which I’ll be on the look out for, the coast referring to this coast where the Danes had a string of forts in the east part of present day Ghana. Ken arrived at Four Villages Inn a little under the weather, so while his family was out exploring Kumasi, he was on the veranda chatting with Charity and me. How the hours flew by.

And oh yes, Mette, Ken and Karen’s daughter, was celebrating a birthday on their last morning. A Danish custom is to have milk and cocoa for breakfast. What better place to be than Ghana with its wonderful Kingsbite chocoate bars and natural cocoa powder which we added to their breakfast.

Happy Birthday to you (in Danish)


Here’s what Ken wrote in our guest book:

” a wonderful stay with life giving song”

WOW!

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