Prior to the grand programme on August 6, there will be the celebration of the Yam Festival for twins dubbed “Yee-Yee-Yee” on August 5, to pave way for the Homowo celebration.
According to the GTC, the celebration of this year’s Homowo would begin with the celebration of the Yam Festival on July 22 by the Lante Djan-we and followed by the celebration of their Homowo on July 23, to kick-start the two-month programme which ends, on September 13 this year, with the final traditional rites by the Ga Wulomei, the Chief Priests.
Homowo, meaning “hooting at hunger” is a traditional programme celebrated annually by the various quarters of the Ga Mashie people, namely Gbese, Asere, Otublohum, Akumanjay Sempe and Abora, after the ban on drumming and noise making.
Addressing a news conference in Accra, yesterday, at the Ga Mantse Palace at Kaneshie, to announce the celebration, the acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki said, the celebration of the Homowo would be characterised by the sprinkling of kpokpoi, the traditional food made of maize and palm oil, in pomp and pageantry.
He stressed that this year’s programme would be celebrated peacefully devoid of rancour from any quarters of the Ga Mashie.
Nii Nsaki who is also the Otublohum Mantse, entreated all the divisions of the Ga Mashie to put their differences aside and unite to ensure the success of this year’s programme.
“Let us put chieftaincy issues aside and celebrate in peace and harmony. You may do well to shame the enemies who foment trouble among us when it gets to this period of ours,” he said.
Nii Nsaki expressed gratitude to all the residents of Ga Mashie for their cooperation during the period of ban on drumming and noise making which was held from May 2 to June 2.
Nii Ayibonte II, the Gbese Mantse in his remarks said this year’s Homowo celebration would be one of the best the Ga Mashie people had ever celebrated.
He noted the celebration of the odadaa, which is to pave way for the Homowo celebration, was done peacefully and was hopeful the main Homowo celebration would also come off peacefully.
Nii Ayibonte called on the sub-chiefs to ensure that the celebration of their Homowo was done peacefully without any conflict and misunderstanding and, warned those who did not have the mandate to sprinkle ‘kpokpoi’ the traditional food to desist from the act.
He disclosed that a taskforce has been set up to ensure that the celebration went off peacefully.
Nii Ayibonte advised the youth to desist from any unruly behaviour and indecent dressing during the celebration, saying the GTC would not tolerate any action which would mar the beauty and significance of the Homowo programme.
The Akumnajay Mantse, Nii Ayikai III, in his welcome address expressed worry about the conflict and disunity which in the past had characterised the Homowo celebration.
He entreated all the sub-chiefs to settle their differences and avoid acts which could mar this year’s programme.
By Kingsley Asare