Thursday, September 20 – 26, 2007
Munukuo Kese marked
By: AKWASI AMPRAATWUM-MENSAH, Dormaa Ahenkro
THE Chiefs and people of the Dormaa Traditional Area have celebrated their Munukuo Kese to usher in the new yam season.
The occasion was marked with traditional drumming, singing and dancing. Also in attendance was a live performance by the local gospel band, Continuation Music Band. It provided music of all kinds apart from their gospel tunes to entertain the audience.
Munukuo Kese, which is celebrated every 40 days, is a version of the Addae Kese celebrated by the Ashanti and is an occasion for the Paramount chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, his divisional chiefs and other sub-chiefs as well as the citizens to taste the new yam.
It also affords the Omanhene the opportunity to recount his achievements since he ascended the stool and to pay tribute to the ancestors who sacrificed their lives to build the Dormaa state, which according to tradition, has never been conquered by any power.
By the tradition of the people, those who lose their relations during the year are forbidden from announcing the death until after the celebration. This is because the occasion is not meant for mourning but for eating, drinking, drumming, singing and general merry-making.
At Saturday’s climax of the festival, the Omanhene took to the floor to show his skills and prowess in Fontonfrom and Kete dances to the admiration of all present, including the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah.
At the height of the ovation, the divisional chiefs and many others joined in the dance, with the Ankobeahene, Barimah Amposah Appiah, throwing away his walking stick to do the Frontomfrom dance to the amazement of all those who thought he was too old to engage in that kingly dance.
In his address, Oseadeeyo Badu, traced the history and origins of the Dormaas from the time of their migration from Akwamu in the Eastern Region, a journey which lasted for 250 years before settling at their current abode.
The Omanhene challenged any individual or group of people with evidence that the people of Dormaa were ever colonized or conquered in a war to come forward with it. He urged the people never to forget their history which he described as unique.
The Regional Minister, on his part, expressed his respect for Dormaa traditions and urged the festival organizers and the people in general to teach the rich tradition of the area to the children.
Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu used the occasion to honour some of the chiefs who had loyally served the paramountcy, including the aged Ankobeahene who had steadfastly served in the palace for 40 years.
Osagyefo also honoured some of the players of Aduana Stars Football Club, of which he is the owner and life patron.
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