When Milla Joseph Odartei Lamptey, known in showbiz industry as Gasmilla released this song, I’m not sure he really knew he was going to throw the whole nation into a state of ephemeral madness anytime this song played. I am yet to meet a soul who doesn’t crank up anytime this song comes on…”TelemↃ.”  Personally, when I first heard this song I said to myself “O what a retarded song” but now I am the same person who dances insanely anytime I hear it play (ironic huh?). “TelemↃ” under the music calendar is undoubtedly the most popular song so far.Undoubtedly, it is the hot song in the country at the moment.

Now let’s dissect this song. According to the Gasmilla the song characterizes the meaning of how life should become. The song has two sides; the “karma” side and the Inspirational side. The karma side being “Oyawo kakla yoo, aafↄlↄ bo tamo shito loo, telemↃ”, meaning you have gone in for a “knife lady” and she’s cutting you up like grilled tilapia, carry it’’. This part brings out the literal translation of  “TelemↃ” which is “Carry” or “To Be responsible for the consequences” which affirms the saying “Well ain’t karma a….”

The Inspirational side to the song is “Esani ole, Nyↄↄŋmↄ gbeↄ ni ayeↄ. Nshↄ gajaa nƹƹ po efaa ni eyiↄↄ” literally meaning you should know, Its God who kills, for us to eat.  Even this large sea, is able to overflow its boundaries. ( I am pretty sure at this point you are thinking how impressive my Ga is)

But moving on, isn’t it funny that the song that you jam to loosen up rather gives you something to occupy your thoughts? Stop and think back to the last time you accepted responsibility for something. Does it seem as if you have a difficult time doing it? The inability to accept responsibility for our actions and behaviors is a result of insecurity. By taking responsibility one feels they are admitting to being weak, powerless, or an opportunity to lose the respect of others. On the contrary, taking responsibility earns you respect. By accepting that you do have a problem in this area and learning ways of taking responsibility for your actions, you are taking your life to a higher level of existence by accepting the responsibility for making improvements in our lives. Accepting responsibility is a measure of one’s self-worth, their level of security, and the true sign of strength and courage. Having this ability can empower you to grow in ways that would bring you great rewards and accomplishments in your life.

As you take steps to accepting responsibilities just know there would be provisions for your upkeep. When I was a really young, one of my favorite Old Testament stories was how God fed the Israelites with manna as they wandered in the wilderness (Exodus 16:35). I wanted to be an Israelite, at least for a day, so I could get up in the morning, run out of my father’s tent with smiles beaming on my face and collect some manna in the largest bowl I could find in my mum’s kitchen. Equally fascinating was the New Testament story of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14). I identified with the young child who brought all he had — five loaves and two fishes — and was awed that Jesus had the power to multiply the boy’s meager amount of food to feed the crowds.

Never doubt that God will provide for His children.Indeed, our God hears our prayers, whether we are in Israel, in the ghetto of some slum in downtown Chorkor, or in a luxurious apartment of Villagio in Ghana, or even the United States. He delights in providing for His children. Whether it is food, bills or questions of faith, go to God with your struggles. In the end you should remember that you can do all things through God, hard work and determination.

So when you get home just get this wonderful song and dance away some of the stress and worries of the week. Happy weekend and yea….“TelemↃ!”

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  1. The first time I heard this song was at my Grandma’s funeral. It was a Sunday night, and as the Kwahus do their funerals, it was a time to dine and dance after the burial and thanksgiving. The DJ was playing different songs, then suddenly I heard this song being played. The song stood out, many more people joined the dance and the noise rose up. Standing on a higher ground, I witnessed the crowd dance in a beautiful rhythm to the song. For a while, my sorrow was gone. Now that’s to a happy song capable of releasing stress and even lifting you out of sorrow. Telemo!

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