In Ghana, people often address you according to the role you are assumed to have in society. I’m usually called daddy or da and was once called grandpa! My friend hates being called mamma. But these terms all define as members of a community which everyone aspires to be part of…at least you do if you are Ghanaian.
In the UK we hate to be defined this way. We don’t want to fit in and want define ourselves in our opposition to society. We call this being an individual. But, of course, there isn’t really any such thing as an individual. The term is only possible when other people exist that you want to be in opposition to. But if a whole community is attempting to define themselves this way, what are we left with?