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Ga

Introduction

In the course of research by many traditional historians and history researchers an attempt has been made to explain the name Ga.

Among these researchers was Reindorf (1895) who indicated that the name Ga is referred to big black ants which bites relentlessly and are comparably dangerous to that of their white ants counterparts. In the Akan speaking community the black ants are referred to as nkrang tumtum. Their hostile nature and characteristic of braveness were attributed to that of the Ga people. As a result, Reindorf (1895) again stressed that the Ga people describe themselves as Loeiabii literally meaning the children of Loei.

Loei is a Ga name that refers to dark ants known to be very hostile and invasive with attitude of consuming and destroying anything that comes their way.

The Ga’s have a long standing oral tradition which would be extensively captured in the second phase, which would deal with the origin of the people.

Though the make-up and boundaries of the Ga people have changed over the years after the arrival in the present day Ghana, the Ga Mashie community today has seven quarters “Akutséii” which include Asεrε, Sempi, Abola, Gbεsε, Akuŋmadzei, Otublohum also known as Otubronu and Ngleshi Alata also known as Jamestown. The earlier settlers from Asεrε and Abora groups to the coast include Ayikwei Osiahene, Anyama Seni, Osu Kwatei, Oshamra, Saku Olenge, Amantiele Akele, Akotia Owosika, and many more.