Monday, September 3, 2007.
‘Borbor Fante’ Festival ends at Saltpond
Five out of the seven traditional areas forming the “Borbor Fante,” have concluded their Afahye festival with a non-denominational church service at Saltpond.
The festival, which was marked jointly for the first time, by the Nkusukum, Anomabo, Mankessim. Abeadze Dominase and Ekumfi Traditional Areas, was to foster unity among the people to ensure accelerated development.
Abora and Kwamankese Traditional Areas, the other members of the ‘Borbor Fantes’, who according to history were led by three warriors – Obrimankoma, Odapagyan and Oson – in their migration from Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to their present day homes outside the Mfantseman District, did not take part.
Activities during the weeklong celebration included a photo exhibition, clean-up exercises, film shows, a marathon race, a gala football, regatta and a durbar of the chiefs and people of the areas.
The durbar also marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) at Saltpond.
The busts of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President; and Dr. J. B Danquah, the doyen of Ghana’s politics; and Mr. George Grant popularly called “Paa Grant”, a prominent merchant; who played leading roles in the country’s independence struggle, were unveiled at the Millers’ Square.
Speaking to the GNA, Nana Ataapim Kweenu, Chief of Woraba and Chairman of the Festival Planning Committee, said the site had been acquired by the district assembly for the busts of the other members of the “Big Six”, who were in the forefront of the political struggle and other important personalities, who contributed to the development of the area.
Five prominent citizens of the area including Mr. Ato Essuman, a Member of the Council of State and Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, and Professor Francis K. Allotey, a renowned scientist, were honoured by the naming of streets after them.
The others were Professor P. A. V. Ansah, an educationist and journalist, Dr. Andrews Agyin Davis, a medical practitioner, and Nana Baah V1, a traditional ruler. – GNA
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