A Ga New Year Greeting

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Afi oo Afi
Afi naa akpe wɔ
Kpaanyɔ anina wɔ
Wɔ fee momoo
Wɔ ye Gbo, wɔ ye Gbiena
Alonte diŋ ko akafo wɔteŋ
Ni wɔsεε afi lε wɔ tashi neke noŋŋ
Ni wɔsεε afi le ehi eha wo fe neke
Ni nyemi afee nyemi
Ni afi aya ni ebanina wɔ ekoŋ

Tswa ni omanye abla wɔ!

…. and the imperfect English translation!

Hail to the New year
May we live to see the end of the New Year
May the eighth day meet with us
So that we are as good as new
May we celebrate the Gbo festival of September and the Gbeina festival of May
Let no black cat, a symbol of evi,l cross our paths
And let us be around to sit together in the next year
and that we may be more prosperous
Bound with sisterly and brotherly love
As the year goes round to meet us again
That when we strike may glory surround us

THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 3

Rexford Dodoo – Lecture given on 9th April 2011 at GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo

Way forward

It is widely acknowledged amongst our cultural Diaspora that, while land is of vital concern to almost everyone, it is also a highly sensitive subject and therefore, best left well alone by all but the most daring or, some would say the foolhardy. I think perhaps, now is the time to think in terms of a Citizens’ Constitutional Forum for tackling difficult issues like this in the interest of public education both for the actual and potential landlessness in the Ga traditional areas.

Land is a highly politicised in the way it is treated in the national debate, but it is too important a subject to just be left to the politicians. This is not to say that we should take it out of politics altogether because, at the end of the day, it is the politicians who have to decide on land policies, and after a long hard look, look at whether we should in fact run a workshop on land, I believe it is now time to take the bull by the horns and do so.

Time is of the utmost urgency, and we have set the discussion on this agenda this particular weekend. We should plan the workshop in such a way that it will include Ga chiefs and leaders, Ga members of parliament, Ga academics and most important of all Ga landowners, tenants, growers and agricultural workers and members of the business community (including private housing developers).  We should also consider the implications of land policy for the tourist industry. Continue reading “THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 3”

THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 2

Rexford Dodoo – Lecture given on 9th April 2011 at GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo

The transformation of property rights in the Ga state.

As Firman Sellers states in her book the transformation of property rights in the Gold coast, she defines property rights as “the power to limit the ability of other persons to enjoy the benefits to be secured from the use and enjoyment of material good”. The enforcement of those rights gives one actor, the rights-holder, the economic profit from a given source. It also gives that actor the power to exclude all others from using that resource in any capacity. As we can all see this is in conflict with the theory of rights that has been described above that there is no hierarchy in the rights to land.

She further states that the transformation of property right redistributes both wealth and power. The process is inherently prone to conflict.  Individuals and groups in society likely will mobilize to articulate a new, definition of property rights that are favourable from a distributional point of view (and so claim a privileged place in society), or defined against a change in the already favourable status quo. These people may lobby state actors directly to capture the state’s coercive power and enforce their preferred property rights system. Or, they may seek to create an alternative source of authority, enforcing property rights privately or at a local level. In either case, the subjects’ actions are a crucial determinant of which property rights system is enforced, and whether that system is secure. The state alone does not dictate the outcome. Continue reading “THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 2”

Today is Homowo in London

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Special Homowo Prayer from the Diaspora
Awo Awo Awoooo
Agba e, Bleku tsoo
Esu esu
enam enam
Manye manye
Adiban kpotoor

Today we celebrate at Battersea – Wilditch Community Centre

May Agba descend, may Bleku open the skies so that
we are drenched in water for our corn
water, plenty of water
fish, plenty of fish
Glory, may glory surround us in abundance
May we have food forever

Agoo atamei ke awomei
Tswa, tswa, tswa, omanye aba
Agoo niimei nenemei ke naamei
Tswa tswa omanye aba
Nmene ashi me, nmene ashi hɔ
Niimɛi a hɔ, naamɛi a

Bo mawu asaase yaa afia
Ataa naa nyomgbo
Ni obɔ ngwie ke shikpoon
Tsei ke tei
Gongii ke fai
Ke ni bii koklomei
ni obo gbomei adesai

Tse ofe, Ni ogbeo ni ayeo
Wontse bo ni oba domo nmene afi ni woyei ne mli
Wɔntse bo ni oshi wɔ ŋmaa, ni oshi wɔ loo

Fasee Kwale ke Krobo Odua
Nye fee he eko, ni ebashwele ye mei ahie
Nye ba yei odase nmene

Dantu, bo okanɛɔ ni bei shɛɔ ni wɔ gbaa ko
Bahe dan ne eko onu

Nii Sakumo Klote
Onyanku afre, Ofite osaa
Na nmene baa saa ohawo
Nmene Akee Ga eku shi egbekosi
Orko ama nkran
Nii ni hawɔ bɔfoi ni wɔkɛ yaa ta
Awuna ba wɔ ye kunii, Ashante ba wɔ ye kunii
Nkrumah ba, wɔ ni wa ha e ye kuni
Mills eba ni wɔ noo ni wɔ wa lɛ ni eye kunii
No he wo baa hu taa oha Gadangme fee

Naa Korle aboyoo, aboyoo
Naa Korle yoofoyoo
Naa moomo naa
Naa ni jor ni ahe
Na bajor shi ohawo

Nai e nai
Nai e nai
Nai e nai
Ogbeedada, Odooma, meiwura, shitse
Kingbi king, Amralo bi amralo
Ope amugi ope ntro
Osatsoko asa nyanyara
Tse nai bahe dan ne oko onu

Kedze Obuto akpla keyagbei Langma
Kedze Langma keyashi ada Shwilao
Kedze Yilo gon ayiten keya gbee Ada
Kedze wouyo keyaa kooyi
Wontse nyefee ni yebaa
Mi gbekebibio ke mi naa fufo sa,
Mi Nyen ni male nyefee
Si ke ntse ekome e, etse nyefee blublu
Atsee moko ashii moko
Nyefee nyebaa koni nyeba jor shi
Ni nyehaa Bleku aka, ni nu ashwee shi
Ni shi ajor, ni mle akwen
Ni wona eko woye
Ni nshɔ afu ni nshɔ gbɔ abasra wɔ
Ni ke wodze bu, wodze ye nuno
Ni ke woye ni wonu
Wo kodjii ano ajo wo

Be dze no shi, wo Gadangme bi ni woyoo mansee
Wokee daa afi le esani wo gbako ni woke kai nibii ne eteeno ye woshihile mli,
Be ke wotse nye bie ene noo dzi wo sane e

Naa Thames hemo dan ne eko onu
Wonbi djomo wo eha wo Manye Elizabeth ke ehefatalor
Won bi dzormo woha Gordon Brown
Wonbi wala ke djomo womli ha
Wo president Mills, ni ekura wo man dzogbaan ehawo
Wɔn bi dzomo wɔ ha wo ha wɔ High commissioner

Nii Ga Abiasuma bokete afadi
won bi wala woha bo

Na aprodo woba he nohewo le
won bi ni nye bafo wohe akrabatsa
ni nye kpaa adiden
ni oshra ateke wo

Wontse nye ni nye ha woshwelea
Ni notsumo fee ni wotsoɔ
Eya no odzogbaan
Ni woya obo ni woba obo
Ni wo kpaa ni wo glaa abaa dzwele wo hi
Ni wo tako dzuro akpa abu wo hie
wontse nye ni nyehawo wala ke nmaa
ni ke wo ko shelen etso poun oha
wontse nye ni nyehaa woshwele a
ke wo bii ke wo hoi

naa ni ni woba nye nee
moko musuu akako le
moko yitso akgbale
woba obon woya obon
ni ke wonya
teko aka twsa moko e
tsoko aka tswa moko e
naa ake gadangme bii
ke atwsa akpee
wono bemli fei

ni ke sulo ko damo heko ni eke wo ka shwele
ni ekee woka naa nmaa
ani ke wo dzoo, wo dzoo le lo
ani ke wo dzoo wo dzoo le lo
ye ha wo waa eyi ko
hooooooooooooo
tswa omanye abla wo

And for all those friends and foes
this is our day of celebration and making peace with each other

Choose life, choose life,
May the end of the year meet us
May we see the eighth day
May we celebrate the early Gbo festival and the later Gbiena
May we be as good as old
Let no evil befall us
so that we shall meet again next year
Let us strike for glory

Noo wala Noo Wala
Afi Naa akpe wo
Kpaanyo anina wo
Woye Gbo ni woye Gbiena
Wofee moomo
Alonte din ko aka fo woten
Ni wose afi wota shi neke noo
Tswa Omanye aba