Ghana to host All-Yoruba Congress

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All Yoruba Community in Ghana will host 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. GNA

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