Homowo – Asafotufiam – Nmaayem, 14th September 2013 at Colliers Wood

How time flies, how the years roll by, how things change but the time for annual renewal is even more critical.
25 years is a long time in the history of a country and for an organisation to celebrate 25 years of unbroken association and service to the community is definitely an achievement that cannot be understated, so it is with some pride that i invite you the 25 years of our organisation celebrating our festival in London.
i can still remember that rainy October day in 1988, at the Higbury Roundhouse in London when a group of Gadangme people decided that we had to meet to continue with the celebration of our major cultural festival and to plant the seeds that would ensure continuity for the next generation of Gadangme in the Diaspora.
so there were several meetings, but like everything Gadangme, there were disagreements and instead of one Homowo celebration as originally planned there were two, one at a hall in Ladbroke Grove earlier in the September of 1988.  But  even in disagreement the vision for a self sustaining educational and welfare organisation emerged and we delayed our celebration till October and what a time we had even on that rainy day. Continue reading “Homowo – Asafotufiam – Nmaayem, 14th September 2013 at Colliers Wood”

Diversity can create adversity – a review of The Making of Ada

Diversity can create adversity

The Making of Ada by C. O. C.Amate Woeli Publishing Services, Accra,
1999, ISBN 9964-978-64-2

Most Ada people I have come across are polyglots – they speak more than
one Ghanaian language. Several Ada people I know have names that are
Ewe sounding or typically Akan. I have always known that they were the
most ethnically mixed of all the Ghanaian tribes but did not know how
this came about. This book tells the story of how the Ada people came
to Okor and then moved to settle at Big Ada. It explains why every Ada
person has a house at Big Ada that they can call their family of
ancestral home.

When we say that ‘we are going to ask the old lady’, I had always
thought that it was an idiom related to our grandmothers. I had never
realised that the roots of the saying are indeed the roots of the Adali,
the Ada people or that it was remotely related to the how the Ada people
came together.

Reading this book was like reading a mythical story in the mould of the
old Makers Of Civilisation books that we read in middle school. The
purpose of the book was clearly laid out – to provide information on the
Ada people and the book did that and more. Continue reading “Diversity can create adversity – a review of The Making of Ada”