The more I learn about my people the more proud it makes me feel to be part of a small but significant African tribe rich in history, culture and traditions

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My name is Nii Anyetei. I am referred to with a combination of my first and middle names and initials Seth, Setto, SA, Gbontwi, GA, Nii-Nii and just simply Anyetei I wasn’t born in the UK but I was raised here (Hackney, north east London to exact) by my parents, both Ga and both from La, Accra.

I seem to meet and know a lot of Ga people these days but growing up I only knew few couple Ga families so I felt like we were a minority(amongst Ghanaians) within a minority (amongst Africans in London). In addition to my parents I was raised by my maternal great-grandmother who spoke and understood no English so my siblings and I had to speak and understand Ga. Furthermore she (Atei we called her) liked her Ga bible read to her so I learned how to read then write Ga a little. Still with that I would rate my proficiency with Ga at only 60% so I have plenty to improve and plan to get myself to 100% by associating with groups like GDRHF and time spent in Ghana.

Meanwhile as an African history aficionado I seek out books on Ga history, Ga music and there’s even a few Ga poems out there too which all help. The more I learn about my people the more proud it makes to me feel to be part of a small but significant African tribe rich in history, culture and traditions.

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