Santrokofi to mark Okyonso
Story: Jennifer Dornoo
The paramount Chief of the Santrokofi Tradition municipality of the Volta Region, Nana Letsabi II, has called on chiefs in the country to ensure the maintenance of law and order at all levels.
He also urged them to take developmental initiatives suitable for their areas and ensure that they were completed early.
Speaking at the launch of the Okyonsa Festival, Nana Letsabi reminded chiefs in the country of their mandate to ensure peace, unity and social cohesion and the blend of traditional norms with modernity. The last time the traditional area celebrated the festival was 20 years ago.
He said the 2009 Okyonsa Festival, which would be held on the theme, “Culture: A tool for uniting people for development and progress”, on June 6, 2009, would climax festivities marking the end of the passing year and the beginning of a new year with the aim of raising funds to support development projects in the traditional area.
The Paramount Chief said the projects included the construction of traditional council offices, the rehabilitation of schools and the establishment of a vocational training institute.
He said activities lined up for the festival included a durbar of the chiefs and people of Santrokofi, a beauty pageant, a food exhibition, honorary awards , a parade of young women who had passed through puberty rites, a football gala and a state dance to raise funds.
He entreated all citizens of the traditional area to attend the festival and contributed in cash and in kind to the development of the area.
The Member of Parliament for Hohoe North, Mr. Prince Hayibor, said festivals were periods for people to showcase their culture and unite families.
He said it was also time to educate the youth, unite as one people and mobilize resource for development.
He pledged to support the organizers to ensure the success of the festival and donated footballs and jerseys for the football gala.
Daily Graphic Page: 47 Monday, March 16, 2009