The people of Ngleshie Alata (James Town) would kick-start the annual Homowo festival with a clean-up exercise this Saturday.
The festival which as usual was expected to attract tourists as well as indigenes from the diaspora, would be climaxed with a celebration of Odwira on Monday following the Ga Mashie Homowo festival on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
The Odwira, which is an exclusive traditional norm observed by the people of Ngleshie Alata, is the day the traditional leadership of Ngleshie would parade through the major streets of the town.
The Paramount Chief, Nii Kojo Ababio V, and all the clan heads as well as traditional council members would converge at the estuary of the Korle-Lagoon and proceed with a long retinue of chiefs in their palanquins dancing to traditional drums beats amidst firing of musketry as they parade through the town.
The procession which could take hours before reaching the James Fort, gives the chiefs opportunity to rest briefly inside the James Fort, while others use the opportunity to change their dressings to continue with the traditional march.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times, Nii Ababio V, who is one of the longest serving traditional leaders in the country, said the festival as usual would be celebrated with pomp and pageantry as had always been the case of Ngleshie Alata.
He said in order to add a little spice to the traditional set-up, a “Charlie Wotee” festival has been incorporated into the programme to give tourists some events they could identify themselves with to enable some of them participate actively in the festival.
Nii Kojo Ababio V said, as usual the Adonten Division of the stool as custom demanded would usher the traditional area into the festival with a Yam festival on Thursday, prior to the twin-festival on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Nii Ababio extended warm greetings on the festive occasion to the people of Ngleshie Alata, Ga Mashie and the nation at large for unity and peace to continue to prevail, before, during and after this year’s general elections.
He announced that this year’s Wetse Kojo/King James annual memorial lecture would come off on September 7, 2016 to crown the activities, adding a development fund for the traditional area would be re-launched as part of the lecture.
It is expected that an eminent traditional chief would share his experiences in economic development of the traditional area at the lecture.
By Lawrence Markwei