Saturday, 15 October 2016

GA –YORUBOID RELATIONS(SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW)



GA –YORUBOID RELATIONS(SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW)
There are many stories of the Ga of Ghana having relations either with Ife, Oyo, Benin or Isekiri; or having historical relations at one time with all or either of them (Egharevba 1948, Johnson 1921, Fage 1969, Honsbira and St. Ifa 2008 etc).  An analyses of Ga and the Yoruboid languages – Yoruba, Isekiri, Igala, Ebu , Olukumi etc will scientifically highlight this relationship.
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English
Ga
Yoruboid
Explanation
1
Take
Kor
Ko(pack)
All Yoruboid
2
Steal
Dzu/juu
Ji
All Yoruboid
3
Welcome
Ekwaaba
Ekabo
Oyo Yoruba
4
Black
Edin
Adin(black pomade)
Yoruba
5
Black
Edin
Uden(black pomade)
Isekiri
6
Left
Abeku
Abiku(negative child of the left)
All Yoruba
7
black
Edin
Din(night fall)
Isekiri
8
Coconut
Akokoshi
Kokodie(Isekiri)
Possibly a lone from Portuguese. Isekiri and Ga had ancient contacts with Portugal
9
Rudeness
Atua
Atua(Extreme suffering /rudeness/insult
Isekiri
10
Judge
Kodjolor
Kwejolor(remove the case)
All Yoruboid
11
Aroma
Nma
Emi
All Yoruboid. Emi is aroma in Egyptian
12
Mother
Nye
Iye/iya
All Yoruboid
13
Mat/bed
Saa
Su(sleep) all Yoruboid
Mat/bed used for sleeping. Su is to sleep in Kamitic
14
Cry
Fo
Fo(talk) all Yoruboid
Crying and talking – all sounds made by mouth.
15
Prison
Kpabu
Kpabu(arrest/seize)
Isekiri
16
Prison/jail
Mon
Mu(arrest)
Oyo Yoruba. Mu is to grasp in Kamitic
17
Oil
Mu
Omi(water) all Yoruboid
Oil and water are all liquids
18
Spirit
Mumor
Mumor(brain) Isekiri
Brain and spirit are all inner faculties. Mumor corresponds with the Kamitic
19
Breathe
Muu
Mi( all Yoruboid)
Presence of the consonant. M is the sound for water and breath  in Egyptian
20
Grandmother
Nana/naa
Nene(Isekiri/Igala)
Presence of the same consonant
21
Water
Nu
Eno(water god) Isekiri
Presence of the consonant , the name corresponds with the Kamitic
22
Wife
Nya
Aya
All Yoruboids
23
Wife
Nya
Yawo
All Yoruboid
24
Fishing season
Obue
Obue(rainy season
Isekiri
25
Meaning
Shishi
Shishi(having the same meaning)
Isekiri
26
Definite
Shishi
Shishi(it is like)
Isekiri
27
Love
Sumo
Sumo(near)
SY. Suma is near in Egyptian
28
Ear
Toi
Eti(All Yoruboid)
Presence of the consonant
29
Attend/go to
Ya
Ya(fast)
All Yoruboid
30
Eat
Ye
Je(all yoruboid)
J and Y interchangeable like Yaqob and Jacob
31
Ask
Be
Be
All Yoruboid
32
Stars(many)
Otukwadzan
Utukpa(light)
All Yoruboid)
33
Black
Edin
Edun
Isekiri. Dudu is the black image of Osiris
34
Grey/dark
Wansu
Esu(dark god) Si dye the hair
Ife/Isekiri. Sut is an evil deity in Egypt
35
Barren
Kene
Agan
K interchanging g
36
Sea/ocean
Nsao
Osa(tide)
All Yoruboid). Osa is tide in Egyptian
37
Royalty
Ablade
Ade
Ife
38
Creation
Adeboo
Ade(created) boo(come forth)
SY
39
Creation
Adebolo
Ade(create)boo(come forth) lo(surpass)
SY
40
Monkey
Adun
Edon
SY
41
Crown
Akekre
Akoro(crown for all)- kings of the second migration from Ife
Ife
42
Palanquin
Akakpai
Kpakpo(plank)
All Yoruboid)
43
Witch
Ajer
Ajer
All Yoruboid
44
Child
Bi
Bi – to give birth
All Yoruboid. Bi is to give birth to a child in Egyptian
45
Darkness
Dunn
Dun(black)
Isekiri/Olukumi
46
Dance
Dzoo/joo
Zo(dance),Jo(dance)
Olukumi/Yoruba
47
Bad
Efon
Ifon(craw craw)
SY
48
Broken
Eku
Ku(broke)
SY
49
Easy
Ewa
Ewa(beauty)
SY
50
Better than
Fe
Fe(like)
SY
51
Untie/unravel
Fene
Fene
Isekiri
52
Run
Foi
Fo(fly) all Yoruboid)
This tallies with the Kamitic
53
Lung
Fuflaa
Foghofogho(lung)
All Yoruboid)
54
Road
Gbe
Gba(to take a street)
All Yoruboid
55
Death
Gbele
Gbele(burial ground)
Isekiri
56
Dry
Gbin
Gbe
Yoruba
57
Hill/mountain
Gon
Go(high)
All Yoruba. This has similarity to the Egyptian ka, go
58
Hazzi/hajji
Twins
Eji(two) ibeji(twins)
All Yoruba
59
Jealousy/hate
Hetse
Etse(evil)
All Yoruboid
60
Bite
Koo
Koo
Isekiri






Conclusion

A picture is worth a thousand words. The picture drawn shows that Ga-Adangme people of Ghana have close historical relationship with Nigeria and more especially to the Yoruboid peoples- Yoruba, Igala, Isekiri. Further exploration in the linguistic elements show the relationship of Ga and the Yoruboid goes back to the days of ancient Egypt, as words that link the Ga and the Yoruba in most cases, also link them to the Kamitic language of the ancient Egyptians. The Ga like the Nupe and Ebira are Yorubanised, but not Yoruboid. Perhaps they were initially Yoruboid, but corrupted by Ghanaian ethnics – Akan Ashanti, guan etc. further research should be carried out – genetics and linguistics etc – concerning this wonderful people of Ghana.

By
Oritseweyinmi Oghanrandukun Olomu(St.Ifa)