SASADU PREPARES FOR FESTIVAL
BY WILLIAM SEGBEDEKU
SASADU is an acronym which is derived from the initial letters of the names of the traditional areas of Saviefe, Akrofu, Sovie and Alavanyo.
The blood affinity, being indeed the thicker than water, pulled the chiefs and people of the four traditional areas together and in 1948, they united and formed the saviefe/Akrofo/ Sovie /Alavanyo Development Union (SASADU).
Historically, the people of Saviefe/ Akrofu/Sovie/Alavanyo were once united entities when their ancestors lived Sakome in the city of Notsie several centuries ago, that is, before the exodus of the Ewes from their ancestral home in Notsie.
The SASADU festival was thus instituted and celebrated on rotational basis with the purpose of reuniting the people of these four traditional areas to promote education, encourage communal spirit and preserve the ancestral heritage of their people.
In the pursuance of these great objectives, SASADU has always encouraged every community to initiate one development project so that together they can assist the festival’s host community through fundraising during the festival, to extend a hand of friendship to them to complete any ongoing projects initiated in the country.
Indeed, it is also a period to reconnect with kith and kin, re-establish lost relations, and establish stronger links with parents and other relative promote friendship and above all local avenues for local investment in the area.
The SASADU festival also provides fun and excitement in remembrance of our migration from Notsie and creates a window of opportunity to raise funds to assist develop the deprived and vulnerable community.
Indeed there are some tourist attractions in the SASA areas which need to be developed. There is the Tsatasdu Waterfalls at Ahehenease Alavanyo and the Batafoe Kpeto (the Batafoe cave) with its extensive tunnel in Sovie. In Akrofu, there is the wonderfully preserved centuries –old tomb of Amega Xe, one of the leaders of Saviwo in the course of their wondering in the wilderness.
Many economic activities also abound in the SASA areas, such as the okra cultivationin the Akrofu Traditional Area. Akrofu is noted for the production of the best quality okra in the Ho municipality, indeed the name okra is synonymous with Akrofu.
This crop is grown twice in the year due to the abundant low-lying area surrounding Akrofu. This industry needs to be further exploited and developed into a major export commodity and foreign exchange earner for the nation.
Meanwhile, through the initiative of the people of Sovie and SASADU, and in fulfillment of our development agenda, a kindergarten has been built for orphans and deprived children by the SASADU development Queen who has also started school feeding programmes in Alanvanyo and Saviefe.
During the three-day festival, the paramount chiefs, queen s, sub-chiefs and the entire citizenry of the SASADU community will coverage on Akrofo Traditional Area from November 5-7, 2010.
A rich culture of the chiefs and people would be on display.
We welcome all SASA citizens, tourists, both domestic and foreign to this historic festival.
Daily Graphic Page: 21 Wednesday, November 3, 2010.