The annual customary ban on drumming and noise making in the Tema Traditional Area begins today and would be lifted on Friday, May 29.
The sacred period precedes the annual Homowo festival of the chiefs and people of Tema and residents are expected to avoid making any form of noise, including playing of music or musical instruments, clapping, shouting, ‘spinning’ and drumming.
All funerals within the traditional area are also to be suspended until the ban is lifted.
A statement from the Tema Traditional Council (TTC), signed by the Tema Mantse and president of TTC, Nii Adjei Kraku II, yesterday, urged residents and those operating businesses in the traditional area to observe the period with reverence.
The Tema Traditional Area includes Tema New Town and all the 23 communities in Tema, Ashaiman, Adigon, Adjei Kojo, Klangon, Kubekro, Saasabi, Sakumono and Zenu.
The statement said pecuniary and punitive sanctions would be meted out to any person or group of persons in the traditional area who would flout the directive, warning that “the TTC will not sit aloof for the continuous disregard of one of its revered customs.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema