Fostering GaDangme Unity: the Dangme Perspective –

Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo – Public Lecture 14th April 2012

Fostering GaDangme Unity: the Dangme Perspective –

By- Nomo Kabu CHARWAY and Nokortama Awuley DOKU.

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Introduction

We thank the executives and members of GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo for the honour to deliver this important, interesting and rather politically and sensitive lecture. We would like to state that, as GaDangme, lecture will attempt to act as a catalyst in stimulating the discussion/debate. My lecture is no means a panacea but it will highlight some of the political, economical, cultural/traditional etc problems facing Gamei (Ga) and Dangmeli. Our intention is to stimulate the debate in an honest and respectful manner by bringing our intellectual and all experiences to the learning forum.  This lecture is meant for the common understanding of all present.

Firstly because we believe that those who cannot speak Ga or and Dangme would have a clearer understand to this lecture if delivered in English. Secondly, we have had brief conversations with some of our GaDangme children at this gathering and I am convinced that they are keen to attend this lecture but most of them are born here inUKand their proficiency in Ga or Dangme would not enable them to comprehend this lecture and the discussions that follow.

Fostering GaDangme Unity: the Dangme Perspective

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work that has been done by individuals, and in particular, GaDangme Council in promoting GaDangme unity. The work that Council did and continues to do is an example for all Gamei and Dangmeli to emulate if we are to realise our dream as one GaDangmeli/mei. We would also like to acknowledge the good work done by the various Ga or Dangme associations in our communities both at homeGhanaand in the Diaspora.

This debate in the Diaspora is an indication of the determination to hold together the belief that we are one people, which is epitomised by the proverbial “Ekome feemo, No mlin Hewale yor”. Some of us in the Diaspora and at home,Ghanahave for long time come to acknowledge the good that unity brings and the economic and social prosperity that comes with unity. We have seen a plethora of groups and nations coming together to take advantage of the social, political and economic advances that unity brings. Two such examples are EU and ECOWAS..

There is a general agreement that both the Ga and Dangme groups share common tradition, culture, religious beliefs and to some limited extent, language. Why in the face of this commonality between the two groups that, the idea of GaDangme union appears to be eluding us?

If we are to find out what issues are likely to hold back the unity between Gamei and Dangmeli, I don’t think we need to look very far to identify some of the issues.

It is agreed that growth and development, without doubt, requires a positive, practical and progressive approach to the problem at hand, in order to achieve the reality; more often than not, unity is the key.

This Lecture is about GaDangme but in particular, the Dangme’s, experience of promoting oneness, harmony, mutual and a unified front to enhance growth and development in their communities?

The Collins English dictionary defines Foster as:-To promote the growth and development, or to bring up.  Unity, I understand, means being one, or oneness, composed of separate parts, agreement or harmony. Continue reading “Fostering GaDangme Unity: the Dangme Perspective –”

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Is it time to ditch the colour Black for our true heritage, African?

Is it time to ditch the colour Black for our true heritage, African?

The African Or Black Question: Colour or Heritage? – Ade Sawyerr

In an article I wrote last year, I wondered what people of African descent would make of the declaration of 2011 the International Year for people of African Descent, http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/2011-year-people-african-descent, and to what extent they would benefit from the message of recognition, justice and development that was intended to be the hallmark of the celebrations.  Though we are yet to evaluate the significant outcomes of the year of celebration, it has forced on us a question that is being asked about what people of African descent should be called in the Diaspora – ‘The African or Black Question’?

Questions of identity are complex, sensitive and personal, and therefore reaching consensus even after extensive discussion may be difficult.  Any answer must be well reasoned and cover issues of race, ethnicity, culture, changes in terminology and colour.  My conclusion after considering this issue is that the colour Black does not quite denote our identity in Britain and that our heritage and historical geography, African is a more enduring and fitting term for our identity as a people.

Continue reading “Is it time to ditch the colour Black for our true heritage, African?”