Thursday, October 11, 2007
PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR ‘LEKORYI’ FESTIVAL INAUGURATED
The Otekple of the Likpe Traditional Area, Nana Soglo Alloh II, has inaugurated a 20-member planning committee to oversee preparations for the celebration of the “Lekoryi” or the unity festival of the people during Easter next year.
The festival, to be celebrated on the theme: “Peace, unity and development,” has Dr. Quarme Aboagye, a lecturer of the Ghana Business School of the University of Ghana, Legon as chairman.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nana Alloh said the maiden festival was celebrated in 1988 but due to chieftaincy disputes and other problems, subsequent celebrations could not take place.
He, however, stated that now that there was relative peace in the traditional area, there was the need to revive the festival to consolidate stronger bonds among all the citizens and the neighbouring communities.
The paramount chief said a variety of attractions had been earmarked to expose and extol the rich culture and traditionals of the people, adding that competitive football matches and cultural dancing with handsome awards, would form part of the celebrations.
He said local food and drinks of the people would be served throughout the festival period, which was expected to start from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday.
The chairman of the committee, Dr. Aboagye said members appointed to the committee enjoyed the pride of membership and pledged their commitment to work diligently to ensure a successful festival.
Earlier on, the Nifahene of Likpe, Nana Buley Osai VII, recalled the history of the people of Likpe by touching on their migration from their ancestral home to the present location, stressing that previous experience ought to be celebrated.
In an address, the Adontenhene of Likpe who chaired the function, Nana Mensah Ntri, said the festival would be eventful and symbolic as it would serve as a unique opportunity to rally the sons and daughters of the area to fill “a missing gap of the past”.
Present at the ceremony were the Mankrado of Likpe Agbozume, Nana Aboagye, Nifahenema of Bala, Nana Oseiwa III, and the Kyidomhene, Nana Obakpe II of Mate.
Daily Graphic Thursday, October 11, 2007 Page: 28