Ekumfi Traditional Area to celebrate AKwambo festival

This year’s Akwambo Festival of the Nyimfa Division of the Ekumfi Traditional Area will be climaxed with a durbar on Saturday, September 8 at the Ekumfi Ekrawfo Town Park in the Central Region.

It would be held under the patronage of the newly-installed Odeefo Akyin VII, Omanhen of the area.

Expected at the function are government appointees including Mr  Joe Ghartey, Minister of Railways and native of Ekumfi, who is scheduled to deliver the keynote address, Majority Leader in Parliament and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan.

Member of Parliament of the Effutu Constituency, Mr  Alexander Afenyo-Markins, and Nana Kwaku Dei, known in private life as Mr  Ransford Tetteh, acting Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited, who would direct proceedings as chairman, are expected to attend the event.

Aside the political actors, the members of the Ghanaian media including the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr  Affail  Monney, Host of Kokrokoo programme on Peace FM, Kwame Sefa Kayi, Editor of the Daily Guide newspaper, Fortune Alimi among others would join the chiefs and people of the area for the climax of this year’s Akwambo festival.

It would be followed in the night by special jams for the youth and the Miss Akwambo contest at Bash Gardens while the Community Centre will also play host to some fun-seekers.

Later the next day, churches at Ekumfi would hold special Christian activities as part of the festival with the Methodist Church billed to organise a special Akwambo harvest to raise funds for the construction of a new church complex.

The party would continue on Sunday afternoon at the Ekumfi Town Park where Ekumfi United, a second division side from the area, will lock horns with Swedru Stars in a special football match.

The week-long celebration, which started last Monday with rituals and cleansing activities, continued yesterday with traditional rituals enacted with sacrifices at various ancestral groves and shrines.

With a predominant Muslim population, Muslims of Ekumfi Ekrawfo will today offer special prayers for the welfare of the area.

Today’s activities will also include the Ahobaa Kese celebration, which involves traditional rites and merry-making.

By Times Reporter 

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