Ga Mashie marks Homowo

Nii Ayi Bonte II (right)Gbese Mantse sprinkling Kpokpoi around Ga Mashie.Photo Victor Buxton.

Nii Ayi Bonte II (right)Gbese Mantse sprinkling Kpokpoi around Ga Mashie.Photo Victor Buxton.

The Chiefs and people of Ga Mashie on Saturday started their annual Homowo festival with the sprinkling of Kpokpoi (a traditional food exclusive to the event) at various heritage abodes.

The Ga Mashie is made up of Asere, Akumajeiy, Gbese, Otublohum, Sempe, Ngleshie Alata (Jamestown) and Abola communities.

The festival, which dates back to centuries, has its historical antecedents in the migration and settlement of the Gas from their place of origin to present site in Accra, Ghana.

The Homowo festival was celebrated to mark the end of famine and beginning of bumper harvest, when Gas finally settled at their present site.  Homowo means “hoot at Hunger”.

In a fair and breezy weather from the nearby Gulf of Guinea, the Ga Mashie enclave was charged with festival atmosphere as the women were seen preparing the “Kpokpoi,” which was served with palmnut soup.

Tourist and festival revellers were there in their numbers, while company brands were on display at vantage points for entertainment that went deep into the night.

As per the traditional norms and practices at 11am, when various kinds of food were ready, Nii Ayi-Bonte II, the Gbese Mantse and the Adonten of the Ga State were  first to perform the rite of sprinkling the “Kpokpo” at traditional abodes, including the Ussher Fort, where their ancestors resided.

Nii Ayi-Bonte II rerouted through King Tawiah Street to exchange pleasantries with Nii Adama Latse II, the Ga Mantse, to inform him that he had completed the traditional duty, being the first to sprinkle the traditional food to blaze the trail.

The floodgates of sprinkling of “Kpokpoi” then opened with the Ga Mantse taking his turn to move into the various ancestral homes to pay homage to the ancestors by sharing the kpokpoi.

The chiefs appealed to Ghanaians to ensure free, fair and peaceful general elections, to enhance the country’s democracy.

By Lawrence Markwei

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