DANGBE COMME/ RADA COMMUNITY TO VISIT ANCESTRAL ROOTS ON AFRICAN CONTINENT

Agba Boniface Senah at Egbe Onisin Eledumare's International Headquarters- Ile Iere,Caribbean

Agba Boniface Senah at Egbe Onisin Eledumare’s International Headquarters- Ile Iere,Caribbean

The Dangbe Comme of Antoine Lane Belmont is  a community that have not been given the National attention it desrves.Many are the stories and chronicles of enslaved Africans coming to the Caribbean. There are also stories of free Africans coming to the Caribbean,There are those who came from the continent of Africa and those who came from North America.Many of these are known. Someeven rose to legendary prominence like Babalorisa Samuel Ebenezer Eliott of Moruga. Yet  very little is known by some of the Antoine family and the Dangbe Comme of whom Andrew Carr wrote in his book A RADA COMMUNITY IN TRINIDAD,originally published in 1955.

 Former Great Hobonou of Dangbe Comme Rada community  that is located in Belmont

Former Great Hobonou of Dangbe Comme Rada community that is located in Belmont

Among the persons of prominence that rose from the Dangbe Comme Rada community  was the now ascended Agba Sedley Antoine. It was during his tenure as Hobonou that the idea of a return sacred journey to the roots of the Dangbe Comme community was conceived. A committee to fulfill this desire was established and the challenging task of making such a journey real begun. Hobonou Sedley Antoine joined his Ancestors before the sacred journey could manifest.

Hobonou Henry Antoine

Hobonou Henry Antoine

The current leader of the Dangbe Comme  Rada Community in collaboration with two other African organizations are now preparing to leave  for the African continent for a period of three weeks, where they hope to make links with their Ancestral origins. The group have had conversations with the National Trust of Trinidad& Tobago with the view of highlighting the significance of such a journey in this present period declared by the United Nations as The International Decade for People of African Descent Jan 1st. 2015- December 31st.2024. It is hoped that this journey will bring further evidence of the retention of  sacred practices  held here as originating on the continent of Africa, and being able to cognise  the changes and adaptations that were necessary in the Caribbean environment.

The Editors of this site hope that this journey will assist in  having narratives by Africans written by Africans from their perspective available for scholarly and personal considerations in  the historical discourses of the Diaspora and the Caribbean.

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