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A screen grab of the "oh my god wow" guy from the Ghanaian film "Azonto Ghost" which is now a popular meme.

This Is Where the 'Oh My God, Wow' Meme Comes From

The viral meme is from a scene in the 2012 Ghanaian film, "Azonto Ghost."

In keeping up with the rise of African movies being utilized as viral memes on social media, we had to look into the origin of latest one that's graced your timelines for at least the past week.

Check out a few hilarious memes below.


This clip is part of a scene in the 2012 Ghanaian film, Azonto Ghost, starring Lil Wayne (not the rapper), Bill Asamoah and Benedicta Gafah. This film, produced by AA Productions, also was a catalyst for hiplife artist Bisa Kdeihis theme song with the same name as the movie earned him 'Best Original Song' at the Ghana Movie Awards that year.

Azonto Ghost is spoken in Twi, one of Ghana's major languages, and thanks to director, producer and screenwriter Scilla Owusu, she was able to summarize and give context as to why the man's so excited—and it's a simpler reason than we thought.

"The woman is pregnant but she was too shy to tell her husband. The husband finally convinces her to tell him what news she was hiding from him," Owusu says. "She then lets him know she's 3 months pregnant. He's so happy and gives thanks to the Lord and is very relieved to hear the great news."

It's definitely interesting to see how films like these are used in a fresh way online. Regardless of how we engage with the content via watching the film or meme generation, we still end up with uncontrollable laughs.

For our Twi speakers, check out Azonto Ghost in full on Youtube.

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