WELCOME TO GADANGME NIKASEMO ASAFO
From its inception more than 20 years ago, GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo assumed the mantle and legacy of reawakening interest in our GaDangme culture by celebrating the annual Homowo, Asafotufiam and Nmayem festivals in London, U.K. after a period of inactivity.
The main objective of the society is to
- create a sense of pride in GaDangme people, through the observance of our customs and traditional practices;
- celebrate the main festivals of our heritage;
- learn and disseminate information on our language, history, religion, culture and traditions; and
- provide a forum for the exchange of views and interpretation of our practices.
Our view is that, some sense of culture and identity is better than none and that a nation that loses its language and culture dies. For that matter, we need to do all in our power to maintain the GaDangme languages and culture to enable us pass them on to our children wherever we may be.
Over the past year we have been consolidating our past activities and now feel confident that we are ready to move on to the next stage of the development of the organisation. We will continue to focus on Gadangme Youth in the Diaspora and are very glad of the latest development of the setting up of a Gadangme Our Future organisation that we hope in time will support us in organising activities for young people.
Our priorities in the coming year are the revitalising of our GaDangme Language School and the strenthening of links iwth other Gadangme organisations especially the Gadangme Foundation, an umbrella organisation that we were veryinstrumental in setting up and in which we remain a committed constituent group.
Our Homowo-Asafotufiam-Nmaayem Festival 2005 takes place at Graveney School on the 17th of September 2005.
We have managed to celebrate the annual Homowo – Asafotufiam -Nmayem Festival, in a well organised and most fitting manner to the appreciation of most GaDangme people. We consider the welfare of our people as the main ingredient binding our community and have set up a welfare scheme to support them in times of both grief (e.g. death of a relation) or in happiness (e.g. celebration of a birthday.)
In the fifteen years of our being, we have attained registered charity status. This has enabled us to access grants from various bodies, government and nongovernmental to fund a number of activities, namely:
- running a summer/winter play scheme;
- Saturday mother tongue classes;
- conversation with sons and daughters project;
- registration with the Criminal Records Bureau as an umbrella body for administrating criminal records disclosure;
- registration with OFSTED as a provider of full day child care for the under 8 year olds; and
- “Away day” planning meeting.
For these achievements, I would like to thank every member of the society and our sympathisers and supporters for their support over the past 20 years, particularly, the Lambeth Children’s Fund, Lambeth Education, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), The Walcot Educational Foundation (Lambeth Endowed Charities), The South East London Community Foundation, Ghana Airways and the Ablade Cultural troupe.
We hope we can continue to count on your invaluable support.
Anyemimei, nyeyi wala don!
Tswa! Tswa! Tswa! Omanye Aba! Hiao!
[Brethren, thank you very much!
May God Bless What We Are Doing! May It Be So!]