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People Of Ga In Ghana Trace Their Root To Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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The people of Ga State in Ghana have traced their ancestral home to Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

The Ga people who share cultural similarities with the Yoruba people of Ile-Ife were led back to their root by King Tackie Teiko Tsuru Il.

Welcoming King Tackie Teiko Tsuru Il to his palace in Ile-Ife , Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II said “It was an endless honour for me to formally welcome His Majesty, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru Il of Gā State in Ghana’s southern region, and his royal entourage, to the eternal throne of his Ancestor, Odùduwà. For the offspring of Odùduwà, who have dispersed over the world as a consequence of colonial influence and penetration, this is a watershed point in history.

“This trip is a homecoming for King Tsuru II and the Gã people, who have their ancestral roots in lle-Oduduwà after so many years of being away. It brings joy to my heart to receive the descendants of Oduduwa from the GA region. You are welcome back home, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II.

“During the ancient time of Ifè akànlúbébé, they emanated from Agá ko from llode quarters in Ife and thier compound is still there till date in current Ile- Ife !!! They took Oduduwa crown and administrative structures with the likes of onípopo, onínàná, onísàbé and alákétu. Their compound house still exists in Òtu Ifè, adjacent to olokun Walode along Ósun, which was their playing field many centuries ago.

“It’s worth noting that divinations were performed before departing. They conducted ifá in 3 different areas: (a) Okè Itasè, (b) Òkè llérí, (c) Okè Agbonmirègún where they discovered that the land was gifted to the people of “GA’ by Olódùmarè. While they proceeded on their voyage in a group of seven romers, some chose to halt and start a new life in Togo, some in the Republic of Benin, and while others settled in, Egbado etc.

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“They left with the Olokun deity, whom they still remember to this day, having been discernibly blessed by Olódumarè through Odùduwà, as revealed by the divinations. In today’s Ile-Ifè, everyone in Otu lfe is familiar with the compound name, which was shortened to ‘GA¹. King Tsuru II acknowledged that his ancestral home was Òtu Ifè, and I’m sure many of you are unaware that the name GA¹ is derived from the Kingdom of Ife.

“The Gã people are blessed with a vast and very rich landscape, which demonstrates Olokun’s undying affection for them, as some of them are even situated in Ethiopia and Sudan. Years ago, I was with them during their challenging times.

“We looked at their origin, prayed and pleaded with Olódùmarè to show mercy, liberate them from servitude, and bring the people back to brighter days. Olodumare deserves all the acknowledgement for listening to our prayers.

“Till date, it’s regrettable that the colonising expedition’s designed artificial boundaries that termed Greater Accra the Gold Coast, whereas Nigeria is referred to as the Slave Coast. Our historical documents and transcriptions are treasures of ancient and present African Kingaums, we are all entrusted with the monumental responsibility of preserving our past. They are made up of numerous strands that must be protected and stored appropriately.

“Our own long-established erudition and expertise must intellectually lead and mould their narratives, meanings, interpretations, and economic values. No one is better at telling and interpreting our history than we are…

Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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