Tearing our eyes away from events in America which don’t (yet) affect us directly, Ghana draws our attention towards their thriving Yoruba community.
It was recently announced that the All Yoruba Community in Ghana will be hosting the maiden edition of the Yoruba Congress from March 9 to 11, 2017.
“The event, which seeks to strengthen existing relationships, would bring together Yorubas from the Diaspora.
Addressing some newsmen in Accra, Alhaji Musah Baba, the President of the All Yoruba Community in Ghana, said the Congress would give them an opportunity to enhance their relationship with each other as intermarriages had separated many within the culture.
He said the Congress which would be held annually and rotated among the principal towns in Ghana, would also help deepen the bond between Ghana and Nigeria and serve as a link between the Yorubas in Ghana and their ancestral home in Nigeria.
Alhaji Musa Baba said the Yoruba community started arriving in the Gold Coast in the early part of the 19th century and can be found in all parts of Ghana where they have settled among different ethnic groups making Ghana their permanent homes.
He said some Yoruba settlers in Kumasi included Baba Kurenga, a soldier, Baba Jariogbe, a railway worker, and several others who helped in the construction of the Accra Railway line’’.
He said the Yoruba were part of the Captain Glover seven hundred Hausa force that was formed in Lagos in 1865 which was later deployed to the Gold Coast colony.
It is estimated that there are over one million Yoruba in the country”
As in the world over, Yorubas in Ghana are representing Odua positively and are very keen to remain connected with the wider Yoruba diaspora in West Africa and globally.
The All Yoruba Community Ghana facebook page helps Yoruba in Ghana and their kin outside of Ghana to keep up to date with their new, activities and events. They recently celebrated one of our own who won the best medical student award
Jubilation and pride overflow as one of the members posted:
“I AM HERE WITH MY HEAD HIGH TODAY, TO CELEBRATE ONE OF OUR OWN,
DR. FATHIA AYODELE KAREEM
THE DAUGHTER OF FORMER CHAIRMAN OF NASFAT, ACCRA BRANCH.
A FRESH MEDICAL DOCTOR FROM KNUST,
A PROUD YORUBA LADY
A VERY BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL, WHO WAS RECENTLY CELEBRATED IN THE WHOLE OF GHANA.
YOU ALL KNOW WHY, DON’T YOU???
NOT ONLY DID SHE GRADUATE AS THE BEST MEDICAL STUDENT WITH FIRST CLASS
SHE ALONE OOOOOOOOOOOO
SHE ALONE SWAPPED 12 OUT OF 15 AWARDS ON OFFER!!!!!
WHAT A WOW!!!!
AM EVEN SURE THAT SHE LEFT THE OTHER 3 FOR ANY OF THE 175 DOCTORS, SO THAT NOBODY WILL SAY ”NA ONLY YOU?”
THIS IS A GREAT HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT.
DR KAREEM MADE US ALL PROUD AS YORUBA COMMUNITY IN GHANA.
WE CELEBRATE HER ACHIEVEMENT AND WE PRAY TO GOD ALMIGHTY TO MAKE HER NEW JOURNEY IN MEDICAL LINE A MEMORABLE ONE FOR HER, FOR HER FAMILY AND FOR ALL OF US IN GENERAL.
E JE KI A BA ONIRE YO KI IRE TIWA NAA LE TEWA LOWO.
IRU ORE ATI IBUKUN BAYI KO NI WON NI ILE GBOGBO WA.
ONCE AGAIN, DR FATHIA AYODELE KAREEM, E KU ORIRE OOOO” etc etc
The Yoruba pride is so clear to see and its very warming to read such inspiring news , because so many Yoruba did migrate out of the homeland in the tumultous last 300 years, and when you hear that as not only did they retain their identities , their pride and sense of belonging to Odua even in the face of colonialism and European constructed nationalities, it is a source of joy to know that they are thriving as well. Odua a gbe wa o…
Ghana is fast becoming the pride of West Africa with a stable political climate and good security , which makes it a favourite for African diaspora who wish to visit the homeland or even in fact settle. A few of the breathtaking tourist sites below