GaDangme Roots and Heritage Foundation and I Am GaDangme?
Some of you reading this may be asking yourselves, Who or what are they? You might be able be able to guess from our name, and I am sure most have you have guessed correctly, so clap for yourself! Yay!
So who are GaDangme Roots and Heritage Foundation and I Am GaDangme?
We will just in case you have not guessed we are the same group, I suppose I Am GaDangme could be seen as our Sabla (nickname).
The GaDangme Roots and Heritage Foundation was founded on the 24th of February 2012 by Naa Obiele Laryea and Chochoe Quaye.
Our aim is to bring GaDangme’s born in the Diaspora together, to work on preserving our Culture and Identity. Now we are not trying to win brownie points here, Not at all.
However as we have grown into young women and travelled to and from Ghana, we have had the chance to explore not only the land, but also our rich and beautiful culture independently.
GaDangme and Proud
Many of us have taken our culture for granted. We have not learnt how to speak our languages, history or even how to cook our own food. Not to mention our names and the system of naming. If we as the next generation have not embraced these things, what hope is there for our children?
Have you ever tried to search in books or online for anything GaDangme? If you answered yes! Then you will know that it is very hard to find information on our culture in fact practically impossible. Unfortunately what we do find is either very hard to understand without input and explanation from the Elders, or the page is non existent.
We at GaDangme Roots and Heritage believe that as young people it is important for us to have our own space, our own environment in which we can grow and learn from one another without feeling embarrassed for mispronouncing a word. An environment in which no one will judge you for asking a question that you may feel is ‘silly’ or for not being able to speak the language.
Somewhere where you can Learn, Laugh and be free.
So how do we do this?
Well GDHRF hold Events, Cultural and Language Classes, Outings and produce short video’s on various aspects of our culture and histories. Easy to learn, understand and most importantly enjoy.
So GaDangme’s get ready to laugh about our GaDangme’ness (new word) and we promise, it won’t start with Ma Yi Bo eh or Mark it on the wall…!
Everyone has a right to be proud of whom they are…so say it out loud,
and say it Proud I AM GADANGME!
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Or Contact us at GaDangmeRootsandHeritage@gmail.com