Recidivism: What’s the meaning of the word Nana Aba Anamoah used on UTV?

Nana Aba Anamoah and Abena Korkor
Nana Aba Anamoah and Abena Korkor

Ghanaian television personality Nana Aba Anamoah has been dominating headlines for the past two days following her appearance on ‘United Showbiz’.

Over the weekend, the GHOne TV news anchor and producer joined John Dumelo, Kwame A-Plus and Abena Korkor as guests on the show on UTV.

And while discussing mental health and the impact of Abena Korkor’s lies about her and other celebrities, Nana Aba Anamoah used the word ‘recidivism’.

“She has apologised and I am not Jesus Christ, I am not God so I can’t even pretend not to hear her,” she said after Abena Korkor apologised to her.

Nana Aba continued: “I have absolutely nothing against Abena Korkor. Abena knows that. So many times she has done similar things. I still pick up a phone and called her to let her come back on track. I don’t have anything against Abena.”

“She spewed a lot of lies about me. I’m glad she is apologising now. She will always be a special human being to me. I just hope that she means her words today, and going forward, she will not do it again,” Nana Aba added.

She further delved into Shatta Wale and Medikal’s arrest and discussion on mental health in Ghana. While discussing the topic, the word ‘recidivism’ popped from her mouth.

And since the show, the word has been used severally by social media users. Probably because it’s new and people aren’t acquainted with it.

Rapper Edem even started a whole challenge on the pronunciation of the word on Twitter.

So, what is ‘recidivism’?

Meaning and definition of Recidivism

Well, according to Wikipedia, recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behaviour. This happens after they have experienced negative consequences of that behaviour. It is also used to refer to the percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested for a similar offence.

What is the recidivism rate in the US in 2021?

The U.S. has one of the highest. Because data report released in August 2021 shows 76.6% of prisoners are rearrested within five years.

What is the recidivism rate in Ghana in 2021?

Currently, there’s no data that shows the recidivism rate in Ghana.

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