Thirty- five years into bearing this name, I have failed to master it. In this, I am not alone. One of the less often appreciated consequences of Ghana’s five centuries of mingling its people, and economic fate, with people from the British Isles, is that Britain is now littered with people like me; Ghanaians – many high profile – who either mispronounce their own names, or have given into other people doing it for them. There is Paul Boateng, once the most senior black politician in Western Europe when he was chief secretary to the Treasury under Tony Blair, who seems to have resigned himself to his name, which should be pronounced ‘ Bo- waat- eng’, being changed to ‘ B- oh- teng’. Kwasi Kwarteng, permanent private secretary to the House of Lords, introduces himself as ‘Kwaaasi’, when, like my name, the ‘a’ in Kwasi should be pronounced more like an ‘e’ – ‘Kwesi’ – with, again like my name, a little sing- song rhythm from the first syllable to the second. And, on the world stage, there is Kofi Annan, former secretary general 30 BRIT(ISH) of the United Nations, whose name should be pronounced ‘Ko e’, but who settles for ‘ Koh- fey’, and seems to have done so all his life.