CULTURE AND CHRISTIANITY – A Public Lecture by Rev. Dr. G. N. N. Odonkor

This lecture was delivered under the auspices of Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo in London by Reverend G. Nii Noi Odonkor, Chairperson  of the Ga Presbytery on 18th October 2014

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Introduction:

Thank you so much for the invitation to share some ideas on culture and Christianity with you. For starters I want to admit that the topic is a bit broad and so narrowing it should be the way out. Culture is a way of life of a people and religion is one of the pillars of culture of a people. Since the context is that of GaDangme I will narrow the reference to Ga Culture. The Christian faith may have its different strands but I will be making general references to it.

Topic:

For me the topic is an attempt at reflecting on –Being African (Ga) and Christian at one and the same time.

How can we be truthfully Ga Christians? To answer this I think we should be guided by two verses in the New Testament:

  1. Paul’s admonition in 1Thesslonians 5:21-22. ‘Use your judgment, hold on to whatever is really good; steer clear of evil in any form’
  2. The Great Question/Confession: when Jesus asked the disciples the question of their life, i.e. ‘Who do you say that I am?’ (Matthew 16: 15)

I am sure God is posing this same question to all people at every turn of life and He expects an answer from all, the English, Americans, Japanese, Hausas, Scots, Ewe, Ga, etc.

Obviously, because of our common humanity there are things that we share with all the people but there are many things that are unique to each group. It is only by bringing our unique experiences of God together that we are able, to some extent, to appreciate what God is like?

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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 –”