Accra has celebrated World Hausa Day and urged the populace to keep up their peaceful coexistence.
“Whatever our ethnic origins, we are all first and foremost Ghanaians; we are all one people with a common destiny,” said former president John Mahama, who placed the call.
“Ethnicity or tribe should not be used to define citizenship. We must come together as a single people, but we can only do this if our leaders are honest and fair with everyone, ” he continued.
The celebration, with the theme “Hausa, an indispensable tool in Ghana’s development,” aimed to raise awareness of the ethnic group’s contributions to world peace and advancement.
It also aimed to bring the youth together to work for the nation’s and their communities’ accelerated growth.
The culmination of the week’s worth of celebrations was a durbar last Sunday in Accra, which featured the former President as the honoree.
Members of the Hausa communities from all over the nation, including several chiefs and notable Zangos, attended.
A delegation from the Ga Mantse was also present, along with diplomats and representatives from various government agencies.
Customers enjoyed engaging Hausa cultural performances that included poetry readings in both Hausa and English as well as drumming, singing, and dancing.
There were also samples of various Zango cuisines.
Day of Hausa
The estimated 70 million Hausa people living worldwide participate in World Hausa Day, a recognized annual celebration of their culture and language.
Parts of Chad, northern Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, Benin, and the southern part of Niger are among the African nations where the language is spoken, with sizeable minorities also present in The Sudan and Cote d’Ivoire.
Given the significance of language in defining cultural identity, the former president Mahama argued that it was important to acknowledge its importance.
For instance, he stated that the Hausa language serves as a social function by promoting unity, identity, and social solidarity.
However, he emphasized that the only way the people could cooperate to overcome the current economic and social challenges facing the country was through unity and peaceful coexistence.
In order to ensure that people would come together to resolve disputes and map out the course of development for their communities, he said chiefs and traditional rulers had important roles to play.
The development of our shared nation is a shared responsibility, the former President added, so it is crucial that we assist them in fostering unity and facilitating development.
Earlier on Sunday, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, had led prayers for the successful observance of the day.
He prayed for national harmony, peace, and prosperity as well.