ONCE upon a time, there was a warrior. His name was Ankomah. According to oral rendition of Ekumfi history, Ankomah led a division of the Ekumfi people from Mankessim in search of a new settlement after the long trek of the Fantis from Techiman in modern day Brong-Ahafo Region.
Legs were already tired from the journey on foot from Techiman, so after barely 10 miles of walking from Mankessim, the people appealed to their warrior-leader to stop, “Ankomah gyina”. (Ankomah stop), they appealed. Ankomah obliged and the people settled there.
The settlement became known as Gyinankomah. From the settlement at Gyinankomah, some of the people moved on to establish a new township. The new town (Kurow fofor) in Fanti was corrupted to read Ekrawfo.
From Ekrawfo, one adventurer called Ata moved to settle in a forest nearby. That new settlement was named after the founder and the forest – Atakwaa. Later, some moved on and found a new township. That is called Otabenadze.
The fate of the four towns – Gyinankoma, Ekrawfo, Atakwaa and Otabenadze became inter-twined and became the Gyinankomah Division of the Ekumfi Traditional Area.
To commemorate their migration, the people of the four towns celebrate the annual Akwambo festival during which they clear the path their ancestors took to their new settlement.
Later, as chieftaincy dispute over who is the overlord of the four towns took sway, Gyinankomah went solo while the three towns continued to stick together.
The festival was coincided with Ahobaa Kakraba, an event which is around June instituted by the Fantis to commemorate a heroic event during which a person known as Ahor gave himself up to be killed for a sacrifice to end a calamity that had befallen the entire society. Ahobaa Kakraba is commemorating in June, during the rainy season.
The sacrifice, it is said occurred in the rainy season. It is believed that the rains signify the tears of the people. In August/September, the people organize feat to celebrate the end of the calamity and in praise of Ahor. That is referred to as Ahobaa Kese.