Shai to celebrate Ngmayem

Nene Kwesi Agyeman launching the festival.With hime are Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV (Second Right)Chief of Manya Jorpanya and other members of the Shai Traditional Council

Nene Kwesi Agyeman launching the festival.With hime are Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV (Second Right)Chief of Manya Jorpanya and other members of the Shai Traditional Council

The chiefs and people of the Shai traditional area are celebrating their annual Ngmayem festival.

The festival commenced on September 26 and will end with a grand durbar on Saturday, October 1.

The traditional authority has placed a ban on funerals from Monday, September 5 to Tuesday, October 4.

The chairman of the festival planning committee, Nene Tei Okukrubour Kwesi Agyemang V, said the festival is being organised on the theme sustaining community development through education.

Nene Agyemang said the planning committee was organising the festival in conjunction with the Ghana Tourist Authority, to promote the tourism in the areas, and seek sponsorship for the weeklong event.

Nene Agyemang said the occasion would begging with a candle light procession on Monday September 26, be followed by cleanup exercises in all communities, street carnivals, bicycle and marathon races, visit to the Ancestral home, (Shai Hills), blood donation, football matches and musical concerts.

He said adequate security measures had been put in place, while the planning committee is laising with the district assembly to repair unmotorable roads in the communities.

Nene Agyemang urged the youth to avoid trouble during the event.

He also cautioned the youth against politicians who would like to use them for their personal interest.

Acting president of the Shai Traditional Council, Nene Nornor Sordje V, said the festival would be heralded by mini durbars at Ayikuma on September 24.

He urged the people to unite and support the communities to ensure a successful festival celebration.

Nene Sordje asked the people to use the occasion to settle their differences and warned any trouble makers that they would not be spared if caught.

From Lawrence Vomafa Akpalu, Dodowa

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