Connect with us


Sco pa tu mana: How Patapaa became a global Internet meme



Have you ever wondered what popular Twitter meme ‘sco pa tu mana’ or ‘sco pa tu manaa’ mean? And have you also wondered how and where it comes from?

Well, for starters, the popular phrase, which has become a global meme, emanates from Ghana, West Africa.

The phrase comes from a verse hiplife musician Patapaa delivered on the viral song “Daavi Ne Ba” by Volta Region-based musician Kawoula Biov which was released in April 2019.

The fast-tempo afrobeats jam exploded on the internet after Nigerian musician Mr Eazi uploaded Patapaa’s verse in the music video onto his Instagram page with the caption: “The price just shot up” (he later deleted the post). Other Ghanaian bloggers followed the suit; Twitter and Facebook users did the same, and the song blew up in seconds.

This was followed by a viral challenge called ‘Skopatumanachallenge’ where participants filmed themselves rapping to Patapaa’s verse and shared the videos across social media. Thousands of such videos flooded the Internet, especially Instagram.

A few months later, some Ghanaian Twitter users decided to use the phrase as a meme on the micro-blog.

Twitter user MercedesSlimBoy was the first person who turned the challenge into a viral meme.

He did so by tweeting ‘sco pa tu manaa’ next to a snapshot showing a sign that promoted the religious services of a church in Ghana.

That was when Patapaa ousted popular Twitter phrases; ‘unpopular opinions’ and ‘o je wa ke eng’ (which translates as ‘what’s bothering you?’).

While ‘unpopular opinions’ memes cast light on trivia matters and more of nostalgic moments, ‘o je wa ke eng’ delved deep into people’s lives, casting light on some horrible stories and inspiring experiences the world would have never heard of.

However, Patapaa’s ‘sco pa tu mana’ phrase, which had no meaning, or can be used as a synonym of ‘unpopular opinion’, came with a different story. It had two sides; good and evil. While the phrase allows many Twitter users to share their opinions, praises and inspiring stories, Internet trolls used it as an opportunity to harass people they hate.

For instance, a ‘sco pa tu mana’ meme for media personality Nana Aba Anamoah – who is hated by many social media users for frequently blocking people who challenge her opinions – ended up in a nasty manner.

Another one for comedian DKB – who shares a similar trait with Nana Aba Anamaoh – turned noxious.

It was simply a tool for targeted harassment and hate speech – an act which goes against Twitter’s community guidelines.

But the good side of the phrase dwarfed the bad side.

The phrase grew from just being a local thread and memes to become a globally accepted meme, crossing the shores of Ghana to other regions in Africa, and subsequently America and Europe.

A crowdsourced online dictionary for slangs and phrases, Urban Dictionary, added the phrase to its online dictionary. The top definition describes it as: “A word originated by the Ghanaian hiplife act, Patapaa Amisty. It is literally meaning and gibberish. It has also gone viral on Twitter and is mostly posted with a picture just to express opinion or experience.”

It grabbed the attention of the international press including Indian newspaper The Indian Express, UK tabloid The Tab, UK newspaper The Sun, popular UK news portal LADbible, US news portal The Daily Dot, and Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Popular online forums, Quora and Reddit, discussed on the platforms.

Last week, American pizza chain Domino’s Pizza hopped on the trend.

Spanish club Atlético de Madrid also joined the craze.

Despite the delirium, some foreigners who aren’t familiar with the phrase got confused.

Popular American YouTube Kathleen Lights tweeted: “I see the words sco pa tu manaa every day on Twitter and I never know what it means!!!!!!!!!!”

Spanish playwright Guillem Clua asked: “An older gentleman needs you to tell him what this “sco pa tu manaa” is about. Well, I’m going to tell you, the older man is me.”

Others found the phrase annoying.

But regardless of how old, boring and irritating the phrase has become, Patapaa has incontrovertibly become a global meme and has left an indelible ink on the Internet.


Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


We are focused – Kotoko warn rivals




Ghana Premier League side Asante Kotoko have sent some words of caution to their rivals as the campaign gradually reaches its conclusion.

The Ghanaian giants go into the weekend on the back of a 3-2 win over Inter Allies which moved them on par with arch rivals Hearts of Oak on 53 points.

They are expected to face Karela United in the following week after battling it out with Thunderbolt FC in the MTN FA Cup.

Ahead of the title run in, they sent words of warning to other teams.



Continue Reading


‘Grateful’ Andre Ayew bids farewell to Swansea City fans




Andre Ayew has expressed his gratitude to English Championship side Swansea City as the Ghana international leaves the club.

Ayew leaves the Liberty Stadium despite ending the previous two seasons under Steve Cooper as Swansea’s top scorer.

He was unable to produce the moment of magic Swansea City required as they were beaten by Brentford in the Championship play-off final.

The 31-year-old has scored 35 goals in 106 appearances since rejoining Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m in January 2018.

Ayew originally joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille back in 2015 scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League, before joining West Ham for £20.5m a season later.

The forward has been linked with a return to Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the ongoing transfer market.

He has also been reported to be closing in on a move to re-unite with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.



Continue Reading


PHOTOS: Suspected car bomb found near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020




There were doubts over Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland after a suspected bomb was discovered near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, just before kick-off.

Italian security forces were called to the scene after a passerby spotted a suspicious item inside a parked car while headed for the Euro 2020 match.

The suspected bomb was found near the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, just a few kilometres away from the stadium at around 5.40pm, reported Corriere dello Sport. 

 Suspected car bomb found near Rome?s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy?s Euro 2020 (Photo)

The road surrounding the car was blocked by security officials to allow the bomb squad to carry out operations to diffuse the explosive.

According to reports, the bomb appeared to be homemade with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires. The police have not yet officially confirmed the device as a bomb.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said the bomb was found attached to an official’s car, while noting the seriousness of the situation and expressing solidarity. She did not, however, link the bomb threat to the match.

“A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the Table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome. A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity,” Ms. Raggi wrote on Twitter.

Italian politician, Carlo Calenda said the official in whose car the bomb was found was allegedly targeted following the redevelopment of historic Roman villas in the city.

Mr. Doria had faced threats in the past over reforms of park services. Investigations have been launched by the police in the case.

The match kicked off at 8 pm as Italy and Switzerland clashed for their Group A game. The host won by 3-0 over Switzerland in their second match and became the first team to enter round 16 of Euro 2020.

Continue Reading