culturist

cultural enthusiast

Growing up in JamesTown Ade was exposed to a lot of rites of passage around him, they were just part and parcel of his life ad he embraced them much in the same way that he accepted his heritage of having Sierra Leonean for bears. The adage that the mix is richer than the pure grew on him as his very traditional relatives at Teshie tried to steep him in Ga custom.  He left Teshie for Accra New Town then the most cosmopolitan area in Accra.

As a young man he continued to sample the culture, driving his grandmother to outdooring ceremonies, his mother to traditional marriage ceremonies and his father to wakekeeping and funeral rites but it was not till he came into England that he appreciated his identity and what a rich cultural heritage he was endowed with.  Constant questions from friends and colleagues about his heritage and the ease with which he adapted to the culture of the western world triggered in him the need to learn more about what he had taken for granted.

His accelerated education meant that he had not read Ga at primary school and had struggled through it in secondary school. His view was that if he was able to learn COBOL, RPG and Fortran in his early twenties there is no reason preventing him from learning Ga in his 30s

In 1988, ade was a founder member of Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo an educational and welfare organisation that promotes the Ga culture, researches and discusses the history and traditions of the Ga people, teaches the Ga language to young people born in the diaspora and provides for the observances of the cultural rites of passage traditions and some of the festivals.

He helped to set up the Gadangme Foundation an umbrella organisation for the various o, I have been a member of the Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo an educational and welfare organisation that organises events for young people of Ga origins in the UK.  I helped to set up the umbrella organisation GaDangme Foundation that together with Gadangme Europe, GaDangme International and Gadangme Council in Accra act as the representation civil sector organisation that promotes Gadangme cultural and social development.

He has over the past 15 years been involved with the London Gadangme Speaking Fellowship URC.

Ade is also the moderator of the Gadangme internet forum that discusses issues of the social, economic and development of the Gadangme people.

He writes on Ga culture when he can and why this culture is essentially important to the identity of GaDangme heritage people in the UK and helps in transmitting this to the younger generation.

Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo

Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo

London Gadangme Speaking Fellowship URC

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