The Continued Marginalisation Of People Of Ewe Heritage

Women performing a traditional Ewe dance at a durbar

Almost every passing week, there seems to be a struggle for the identity of Ghana and its people.

For the past couple of weeks, the Ghanaians who belong to the LGBT+ community have had to fight for their rights as Ghanaians.

Another group of people who have had to continuously ask for acceptance are the people who hail from the Volta and Oti regions. They have been doing so for more than 50 years now since they voted to join Ghana as a country.

Last year, the Electoral Commission had to put together a new register because it claimed that non Ghanaians were on the list. This came after the governing NPP has repeatedly claimed that Togolese citizens have been smuggled onto the register.

However, that is not a one-off incident – it is a daily struggle – as many people who hail from the Volta and Oti Regions have told their experiences of being often discriminated against because of their ethnicity.

They report being called names and their traditional religious beliefs are often looked down upon.

Today, March 3 the Auditor General of Ghana, Daniel Yaw Domelevo was due to return to his post after he was forced by President Akufo-Addo to embark on a mandatory leave last year.

The timing of the President’s directive was highly suspicious as the Auditor General at the time was investigating Yaw Osafo Maafo, the then Senior Minister.

However, as he was due to return to his office, the Board of the Auditor General claimed they have information indicating that Daniel Yaw Domelevo was not a Ghanaian.

To many people who are Ewe, the government attacking the nationality of Daniel Yaw Domelevo was not shocking news as they have seen it played out in their own personal lives over and over again.

Rapper and award-winning musician, Edem encapsulates it in the tweet below and others have also spoken out in support of the Ewe people.

It is time all of us relook our own internalized biases. There are many ways one can become a Ghanaian.


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