The people of the Abeadze Traditional Area have been advised to comport themselves during this year’s Awoba Kese festival.
“Festivals are not only for merry-making and fun, they are used to re-unify the people to their families. Others make friends, establish Links that will benefit the community, take stock of the previous year’s activities, strategize to forge ahead to achieve what they could not achieve and a period of sober reflection,” a message from the Planning Committee said.
It, therefore, cautioned celebrants to be sober, even in their moments of ecstasy and contribute their quota to the development of Abeadzeman.
The message was delivered by Nana Bayin Hayford, Principal Co-ordinator of the Abeadze Awoba Kese Planning Committee for the festival within the theme: “Awoba Kese a vehicle for the social-economic development of Abeadzeman”.
The Abeadze people were part of the Borbor Fante who migrated from Mesopotamia, present day Iran with other large Akan groupings including the Wassas, Ashantis and Akyems, with their tradition of governance and culture.
History indicates that just before the year AD. 1300 there were lots of disturbances in the Mesopotamia area due to the expansion of Islam and many people migrated from the area. The Akans trekked and settled first at Techiman.
According to the planning Committee, the Migration continued from Techiman due to harassment, lack of space, water and rumours of wars.
The Abeadze people moved further south west together with the Akan grouping, and settled first at Techiman.
When the Borbor Fante settled at Kwaman, they found out that the place was not conducive for them, and so the larger group migrated to Mankessim, but the people of Abeadze, under the leadership of Nana Teiwku Baah decided not to go to Mankessim. Along the way they settled under a large palm tree in the year 1350, so they were referred to as settlers under palm trees (Abeadze).
According to history after 50 years, under the leadership of Kwebu Ammisah, they decided to again move from the old Abeadze due to lack of space, insufficient water for domestic and farming activities and fertile land for farming, and eventually settled under a ‘Domin’ tree that gave the name of their current place of settlement, Dominase Abeadze, after they over powered the people there.
This year’s celebration started last Saturday and would be climaxed tomorrow, with the Vice-President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, as the guest speaker, and Wolugu Naaba, President of the National House of Chiefs, as chairman of the occasion.