The Chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata (James Town) on Monday wrapped up the celebration of the annual Homowo festival with the observation of Odwira rites which was exclusive to that paramount.
The people of Ngleshie Alata within the Ga Mashie enclave along the beach, as a result of developing a multi-ethnocentric community, due to the presence of the then harbour created a parallel culture to add another ambience to the celebration of the Homowo festival.
Thus, Monday following the marking of the Homowo, the chiefs and people, led by Obrempong Nii Kojo Ababio V paraded through the principal streets of Ngleshie Alata, showcasing the finesse of traditional dancing on palanquins while acknowledging cheers and accolades from onlookers.
The observation of the Odwira was kick-started at around dawn, when the sacred black stool was taken from its room and sent to the banks of Korle Lagoon for purification rites which were often done in camera within a pitched tent.
In the afternoon, his sub-chiefs, together with traditional councillors and other warlords trooped from the paramount chiefs palace to the banks of the Korle Lagoon, where other rites were performed before some selected chiefs mounted the palanquins for the procession.
The celebrants made a brief stop-over at the James Fort Prisons (now closed) where the chiefs changed into another regalia before mounting their palanquins again to complete the tour of the town.
All this while, the keepers of the sacred stool and other traditional paraphernalia were seen carrying the stool at the back of the keepers and his supporters who were all dressed in all white apparels.
The procession ended at the paramount chiefs’ palace after visiting many ancestral homes and divisional chiefs to pay homage and solicit their support for the coming year.
In a message after regrouping at the palace, Oblempong Kojo Ababio thanked the chiefs for the support they have given him over the years until the area gained its paramount status in recent years within the Ga Mashie enclave.
He called for peace and unity among the people to serve as catalyst for more economic and social develpment.
Oblempong Kojo Ababio called for a peaceful general elections which would be devoid of social tensions and ethnic acrimony in order for Ghana to emerge the winner at the end of the day.
By Lawrence Markwei