Teach our children their culture
by Kofi Ayim
The Vice President of the Gonjaland Association of North America (GANA) has challenged his folks to instill in their children the sense and history of their proud heritage. Mr. Adam Abdul Solo made this remark at a gathering of the indigenes of Gonja at Scotch Plains, New Jersey September 5, 2015. He charged Gonja parents that the heritage path and pride created by them would be the road travelled by their children.
“ Gonjaland has been and is still there for us, however, it is time we reverse that trend and be there for our native land”. He added that it is imperative to educate their offspring to accept the fact that they are citizens of two nations, Ghana and the United States. He drove home the point that GANA wasn’t necessarily formed for first generation Gonja people, but rather for generations to come. “GANA wasn’t formed just for us parents, but more importantly for our children to know the history of the proud heritage they hold as well as have a strong bond with that part of the world in terms of entrepreneurship, charity and so on”. Mr. Adam Abdul Solo challenged his compatriots never to forget those on whose back diaporean Gonja people climbed to attain their current status. He reminded the gathering that since time immemoriable, the people of Gonja have been each other’s keeper and “birds of the same feathers.” He pointed out that, historically and collectively, Gonja people are achievers and therefore needs to re-engineer and rehabilitate the hitherto glorious heritage of their homeland.