Monday, October 15, 2007
GAS ROUND OFF HOMOWO WITH DURBAR
By: LAWRENCE MARKWEI
The Ga Traditional Council at the weekend rounded off this year’s Homowo festival with a grand durbar at the forecourt of the Ga Mantse’s Palace.
Ga Homowo is a traditional festival celebrated by the people of the traditional area every year in August to “hoot at hunger”.
The durbar which was well attended by paramount chiefs and sub-chiefs under the various paramountcies in the Ga Traditional Area, was under the theme: Re-uniting the Ga family for progress and development.
By 1 pm, the durbar ground was lively with traditional drumming and dancing as the Asafo groups who had accompanied their chiefs tried to outdo each other with their Asafo songs.
Nai Wulomo, Nuumo Tete III, offered traditional prayers for the durbar to get underway after the Ga Mante, Nii Tackie Tawiah III and the paramount chiefs of the traditional area had paraded the durbar grounds.
As soon as they were seated, a retinue of sub-chiefs of the Ga Traditional Area, a massive delegation led by Naakye Dode Akoubi VX from Obutu in the Central Region and representatives of Aneho Chief from Togo both ancestrally linked to the Ga State paid homage to the Ga Mantse.
Nii Tackie Tawiah in a speech appealed for unity in the Ga State for accelerated growth and development.
He said as a result of lack of unity, the Ga State is facing lots of drawbacks, especially in the area of education.
“There is the need to help train our children through schooling from the basic to the university level since education has become paramount in our present environment,” he said.
He said it was in furtherance of re-uniting the Ga family that he joined the people of Obutu in the Central Region, Gledzi, Aneho Zowla, all in the Republic of Togo, to celebrate their Homowo festival as a way of fostering closer ties for the mutual benefit of the traditional area.
The climax of the durbar was the appeal for funds for the Ga Traditional Council Education Trust Fund which is meant to cater for the less privileged but brilliant children in the traditional area.
The appeal which targeted ¢1 billion was launched by Dr. Seth Ablorh of Manna Mission Church, assisted by Professor Nii Otoo Nartey, Evangelist Ishmael Tetteh and Ms. Eva Lokko, all of who had earlier taken turns to advise the gathering on education, health and social issues.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mrs. Cecilia Bannerman, Member of Council of State, NPP Presidential aspirants, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and Professor Mike Oquaye and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive, Nii Adjiri Blankson.
The Ghanaian Times Monday, October 15, 2007 Page: 4