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Trotro

Three pence, or as the Brits called it: Thruppence, was rendered as trɔ (or tɔlɔ) in Ga language.

Trɔ was the standard price charged for travel in the privately run “bone-shaker” lorries that carried goods and passengers within Accra and it’s outskirts.
The vehicles thus became known as tro-tro (sometimes also spelt as trotro).

The word is still used in reference to these privately-run transport services, even in other parts of Ghana where Ga is not spoken.

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