According to a video circulating on social media, Chinese in Ghana who are dissatisfied with the dumsor system have banded together to record their own song to alert Ghana’s president.
Although their words are difficult to comprehend in the video, they can be heard singing and mentioning Light Off in the lyrics.
Dumsor (pronounced “doom-sore”) is a popular Ghanaian name for frequent, irregular, and unpredictable electric power outages (or, more correctly, dum s, “off and on”).
Dum (to turn off or quench) and s (to turn on or produce light) are two different terms from the Asante Twi, Akuapem Twi, or Fante dialects of the Akan language (a language spoken widely in Ghana), and the term approximately translates as “off-and-on.” Due to the increasing severity of power outages, the word has recently evolved into “dum dum: s no mma” (“on and off”).
A power supply shortfall is to blame for Ghana’s regular blackouts. Ghana’s present generating capacity is 400-600 megawatts short of what the country requires. Rolling blackouts are a common occurrence in Ghana’s power distribution system.
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