cultural enthusiast

Growing up in Jamestown, Ade was exposed to a lot of rites of passage around him. They were part and parcel of his life and he embraced them in the same way that he accepted his Sierra Leonean heritage . 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, following his mother to traditional marriage ceremonies and accompanying his father to wakes and funeral rites. However, it was not until he came to England that he appreciated his identity and the a rich cultural heritage that he came from.  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. Nonetheless, he felt that if he could learn COBOL, RPG and Fortran in his early twenties, then no reason should prevent him from learning Ga in his 30s

In 1988, Ade became a founding member of Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo, an educational and welfare organisation that promotes the Ga culture. Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo 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 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. This forum has been running for over 20 years and has a database of over 100,000 posts on Gadangme issues

He writes on Ga culture when he can and discusses why this culture is important to the identity of people of GaDangme heritage in the UK.

Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo

Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo

London Gadangme Speaking Fellowship URC

Gadangme Internet Forum

Gadangme Internet Forum

The Gadangme