Thrills at NAFAC
Story: From Vincent Amenuveve, Tamale.
When the Ezinlibo Abram Kundum Dance Group and the Nkabom Cultural Troupe all from the Western Region took turns to entertain residents of the Tamale Metropolis as part of the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture.
Both groups expertly performed such traditional dances as the Sekosim, Asomdwee dance drama and the Ezinibo Abram Kundum dance among others thrilling patrons who had gathered at the Jubilee Park to witness the Regional Day activity of the NAFAC.
The region was paired with the Greater Accra Region (GAR) to show case their respective rich cultural and tourism potentials. Five cultural and dance groups each from the two regions performed at the function.
The Sekosim dance is a special choreographed dance for important occasions. It is a dance piece which was choreographed out of the three dances from the Western Region namely Sewurada from Shama, Kotodwe from Wasa Amenfi and Simpoa Allewuley in the Jomoro district.
The Asomdwe dance means peace in Fante and it is a dance drama which tells a story of two ethnic groups who were fighting over land for supremacy and threatened each other with war dance movements. They were later advised by another ethnic group to live in peace and harmony.
The Ezinlibo Abram Kundum dance originated from a small town in Ahanta called Aboadze. History has it that during the immigration of the Nzemas, the Nvavile clan came to settle at Aboadze in Ahanta and a man called Beluhue Ackah from Nvavile clan brought the dance to Benyin and it has since become the annual dance of Nzemas. It is performed by both males and females, young and old.
The dance has become a festival dance to thank the gods for the fruits of the earth. Its significance is that it exposes bad and good deeds in the community and teaches the youth to put up good behaviours. The Ezinlibo Abram Kumfum dance group was formed many years ago under the leadership of Mr. John Kwaw.
The Nkabom Cultural Troupe was formed out of the Regional Dance Association in the year 2000 under the leadership of Mr. Richard Teiko. The troupe has 25 members.
The Western region is made up of five major ethnic groups. They are Nzema, Aowin, Sefwi, Ahanta and Wassa. According to oral records, the people of the region migrated to their present location from the bank of the River Nile. They migrated partly because of the frequent attacks from the Arabs and partly in search of fertile land.
The people exhibit a high degree of cultural homogeneity, especially in the areas of lineage organization, inheritance and succession, marriage and religion.
Traditional festivals are celebrated from January to December. The five major ethnic groups celebrate festivals which are unique from each other. Nzema and Ahanta people celebrate the Kundum festival while other ethnic groups celebrate Edie Afehye (Wasa Akropong) Odwira Afahye (Benso) Nkronu (Shama Supomu Dunkwa) Afehye (Bekwai) and Elluelie (Enchi and Dadieso).
The region is bordered by Cote D’Ivoire on the West, Central region on the East, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo in the North and 192 kilometers of Gulf of Guinea coast line in the South. It has a total land area of 23,921 kilometers which is about 10 percent of Ghana’s total land area.
The Mass Choir and the Ledzokuku Cultural troupe from Accra performed various songs and traditional dances, respectively to the admiration of patrons.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashitey and the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Madam Betty Bosumtwe Sam outlined the various potentials of the two regions.
They however stressed the need for traditional authorities and those in the arts and culture industry to help safeguard the county’s rich cultural heritage inspite of the influx of foreign culture.
The Mirror Page: 46 Saturday, November 27, 2010