wulomei.bb is dedicated to sharing the language of the Ga people of Ghana in West Africa, and was created especially for black Caribbean people whose ancestors were taken from West Africa hundreds of years ago. The website was launched from Barbados on 13 June 2008 to mark the 6th anniversary of the webmaster's first journey to Africa when he travelled to Ghana and walked in the footsteps of his ancestors.
13 June 2008
On 13 June 2002, after leaving my home on the Caribbean island of Barbados, I arrived in Accra, Ghana, West Africa to set foot on African soil for the first time in my life.
As a black person of African descent who has always been keenly interested in black history and black culture, it was a tremendous experience. Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors, my time spent in Accra and the many friends I made among the Ga people there have remained with me to this day. Their genuine friendliness and kind hospitality to a person who arrived as a complete stranger in their country will never be forgotten. Six years later the ties are stronger than ever and it is in their honour that this website has been created.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade started four centuries ago and did not end until 172 years ago in 1834. In that time, millions of black people from many parts of West Africa were taken by force from their homelands, sold into slavery and transplanted to foreign lands across the Atlantic. My own country Barbados was one of those Caribbean islands where captives from the Asante, Ewe, Fante, Ga and many other tribes from the Gold Coast region were mixed together with people from as far north as Senegambia and as far south as Angola, including Yorubas, Igbos, Ibibios and others from Nigeria. In the time of slavery and colonialism, all these black African people intermixed and intermarried with each other, and also with the white slavemasters from England, and with the lesser known "poor whites", or indentured servants who often suffered cruelties at the hands of their white ethnic kin far worse than what was done to the slaves.
Forty-two years ago, my country became an independent nation. The descendants of the British are now white Bajans, a minority in a land where their forefathers once ruled. The descendants of the Africans are now black Bajans, a majority in a land where their forefathers once toiled as slaves.
I was born in 1964, two years before Barbados became an independent nation. I have witnessed much progress and many changes in my country over the years, almost all of them positive, good and progressive. In recent years I have been happy to witness a growing appreciation of our African ancestry and a heightened awareness of the African roots of our Bajan culture. While we have become prosperous through offering tourism and doing business with Western countries, we have also started to reestablish the broken links with Mother Africa, the most powerful evidence of that being the establishment of the Commission for Pan-African Affairs which was opened by the government of Barbados on 25 November 1998. May God bless that day.
There are black people in the diaspora who want to talk to Mother Africa.
There are black people in the diaspora who want to learn from Mother Africa.
There are black people in the diaspora who want to work with Mother Africa.
There are black people in the diaspora who want to do business with Mother Africa.
There are black people in the diaspora who want to reconnect with Mother Africa.
If we as Bajans, Caribbean people and black Americans are to reconnect to Mother Africa, we must also reach out and reconnect with the sons and daughters of Africa today, which is why twi.bb was launched on 6 March 2007 and wulomei.bb was launched today.
These websites allow us to connect to Africa today, and also to share, promote and preserve one of the most precious possessions of our departed ancestors... their languages.