The origin of the phrase banana is unclear, but it may have something to do with the name of the fruit that makes up most of the fruits of South Africa.
Ghana’s government has been using the word in place of banana, which is now part of its official name, and the word has become part of the vocabulary in South Africa, the country’s official language.
“We use the word ‘banana’ in our national language and we use it with pride, and we also use it in the South African way, as it is a very common word,” Prime Minister Mutharika Mbeki said on Tuesday.
Ghansi authorities are hoping that the name change will boost tourism, but critics say it is nothing but a cynical attempt to cash in on the countrys rapidly growing population.
The government has also sought to change the name to one that more closely resembles the word it was originally used for.
Ghazni-born author Toni Kuriaga said she felt the need to change her name when she was visiting South Africa and noticed the new name was more closely resembling the traditional African name of a plant, a common name in the area.
“I just started to cry,” she said.
“It’s a bit strange to be a woman in this country and it’s not even a country, it’s just a word.”
They just said, ‘Banana, it sounds like you’.””
And I said, “I don’t know if I want to change it, I don’t even know what it means.”