The Vodonou of the Dangbe Comme community for the month of September 2017 have been successfully completed.
The Administrators of this site Egbe Onisin Eledumare wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the community and to members of the Antoine, Roberts and Baptiste family who have helped preserved the traditions of the Dangbe Comme here in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
The story and history of this African community relocated in Republic Trinidad & Tobago is indeed an inspiring one. The family has been working assiduously over a period of years to correct misconceptions about the community and positively portray and highlight the community’ influence in the development of Trinbagonian culture. The community has positively and significantly through it’s collective self and through individual input from its member families. Among areas of input and influence are in Carnival, steelband and calypso.
Over the years Egbe Onisin Eledumare and the Dangbe Comme community have developed a progressive and healthy inter-community relationship, working collaboratively to positively highlight the work and contributions of the Dangbe Comme here in Republic Trinidad& Tobago.
Members of both communities have visited each other in their places of traditional practice and have shared in the rites and their respective compounds. We are sure that Jean Antoine aka Papa Nanee,Hobonu Sedley Antoine,Agba Gloria,Hobonou,Patrick Antoine, and many of the ascended Elders are happy to see the current development of the community as the old Vodunkwe is augmented and maintained.
Many of the younger ones have also contributed- Andre son of Agba Patrick Antoine and his wife June,Iya Fenitola Eniola June McKenzie,Anthony Bullock and family Karlene Martin and family; and many more some of whom this author may not know and be aware of as they made and still make their contributions. There are also others whose names I don’t know. To you all thanks for your selfless contributions. Special hats off though must also go to Agba Veronica Antoine who have stood side by side with Chief Henry Antoine as he bravely wrestles with the responsibility of community responsibility and leadership; and to Agba/Uncle Vernon Antoine who at 92 yrs old maintains the discipline and endures the rigor of being lead drummer in these rituals.