ABUTIA HOLDS ‘BROTHERLINESS FESTIVAL’
BY: WINSTON TAMAKLOE, Abutia–Kloe
AN array of colorful chieftaincy regalia, the display of locally made handicrafts including kente cloth and indigenous cultural activities climaxed this year’s Yoveawoza, meaning ‘Brotherliness Festival’, of the chiefs and people of Abutia traditional area in the Ho municipality and those of Fodome traditional area in the Hohoe municipality in the Volta Region.
Tradition says that the two communities migrated in the olden days from Notsie in the modern Republic of Togo to Ghana in group but subsequently settled in separated areas.
Excitement for this year’s festivities was heightened for the fact that the festival that serve to strengthen the bond between them was being revived after a long break of celebration by the two brother communities.
Celebrated under the theme: ‘Education and tourism for development’, the event attracted members of the diplomatic corps, ministers of state and Members of Parliament.
The occasion was to honor Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Deputy Minister for Road and Transport, who hails from Abutia on her appointment as well as her installation as Mama Dezor I (Queen of Progress).
She thanked the people for the honor done her and assured them of her support towards the socio – economic development of the area.
As part of her contribution to the community, the minister donated GH¢1,000 to defray the cost of the festival and 10 computers and accessories to the Abutia Senior High School.
Togbe Abutia Kodzo Gidi V, Paramount Chief of Abutia traditional area, appealed to the Ministry of Education to absorb the Community Senior High School established at Fodome for the benefit of school pupils.
He urged the Ministry of Tourism and the Ghana Tourist Board to assist the two communities to help add value to the tourism potentials of the area with the promise to release a vast track of land for the purpose in order to create jobs and wealth for the youth the community.
Mr. Albert Abongo, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, disclosed that the ministry is holding discussions with
Rotary International and the United States Agency for International Development in conjunction with the Ghana Water and Sanitation Agency to develop a new small town water supply system at Abutia Teti. The project, he said, would involve the tapping of water from Kpeve in the South Dayi District through Sokode Gbogame to Abutia both in the Ho municipality.
Togbe Gbedegbleme Honu III, Paramount Chief of Todome, said the revival of the festival must be sustained to constantly rekindle the common cultural identity of the two communities and also educate and sensitize the youth on the need to preserve cultural heritage and values.
Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, and Mike Hammah, Minister of Transport both delivered good will messages.
TIMES WEEKEND PAGE: 13 SATURDAY, November 14, 2009.