IMAGINE a comedy enacted mainly in Twi (with English subtitles ), set in a typical rural Ghanaian environment. The theme of each episode captures the ethos of both Traditional and Contemporary Ghanaian situations.
IMAGINE a 30 minute programme, composed of an 20minute sketch, musical interludes, enunciation of traditional folk wisdom, and culture, and also, an introduction of Atwuro wisdom- a certain lateral thinking espoused by the main character, who carries the title, ATWURO
“Atwuro nyansa” is crafted purely for belowing laughter and infectious giggles, will entertain but also teach!
1. ATWURO (35-40yrs)
Married, has two children ( a boy and a girl) aged 16, 13. He is Nicknamed Atwuro (fool) because of his peculiar way of interpreting things. He claims he is multi-skilled, thus he is found doing all kinds of odd jobs around the village. He can be likened to Kwaku Ananse- is miserly, has a unique sense of humor, thinks laterally, and is as cunning as a fox. Indeed, when well thought-through, his assumed foolishness, contains a lot of wisdom.
2. DAY-BY-DAY (35-40yrs)
Of Northern extraction, Day-by-Day had settled in the village when he was twenty. Now married, he has six children, and owns a cocoa farm. He and Atwuro are close pals, but always at loggerheads. He’s always chiding Atwuro for not being a real man, since he didn’t have a real job. He is frontal, and direct. Although he speaks Twi with a Northern accent, he has been fully integrated into the traditionally Akan village setting
3.DOCTOR MOSES (30-35yrs)
He is the village mouth-piece on all things academic. He is always dressed in starched shirts over khaki trousers and well polished black shoes plus different coloured socks on both legs. He spends his time hopping from acquaintance to acquaintance, telling stories, and feeding off them. He borrows without paying. His wife, Akosua Akyaa, runs the village palm wine base. Thus, he has made the bar is base. It is whispered that, as a youth, he had been very intelligent, and had even been given a scholarship to go abroad, but had been bewitched by Akosua Akyaa!, who had ‘spoilt’ him.
4. ADJOA NKO - ATWURO’s WIFE – (45-50yrs)
Hardworking and loyal to Atwuro, her weakness is her lack of education. Older than Atwuro, she believes she is lucky to have him, after years of looking for a husband, and children. She supports and hails Atwuro in all his endeavours to a fault – a truly loving wife. Woe betides the usurper.
5. NTO - ATWURO’s SON – (13-15yrs)
Carbon copy of Dad in all aspects, except for his youthful exuberance. He is always engaged in one enterprise or another, not necessarily legitimate. He spends most of his time catching grasscutter, collecting snails/suchlike, and tapping palm wine, instead of going to school (KOBOLO). However, he is perpetually in School uniform!
6. VILLAGE CHIEF
Typical traditional chief, with courtiers of all kinds - the wise, the lying, the ignorant, and the sycophant. Atwuro is often summoned to the palace to answer a charge or the other- a palace of intense drama and comedy!
7. ADJOA AKYAA - ATWURO’s SISTER - (30-32 years)
A strong and sharp-tongued woman, she runs the palm-wine base like a fiefdom. People say she has “spoilt” her alcoholic/addictive husband (Dr Moses), who is always at the bar, begging for money and telling tales. It is even whispered that she has a thing with the palm wine tapper!