Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii Noi Adumuah, the chief executive of the Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA), has called on the Ga people, especially those in the Adentan traditional area, to use the ‘Homowo’ festivity to foster unity among residents and support the assembly for progressive development.
According to him, occasions, like ‘Homowo,’ which is an annual festival marked by the Ga people, should be used to take stock of the past and plan for the development needs of the area.
The MCE said these when he presented food items, including 50 bags of maize and gallons of palm oil, to the Adentan Traditional Council towards the celebrations of this year’s ‘Homowo’ festival.
Presenting the items to be distributed to the 18 traditional communities, Nii Noi Adumuah called on the traditional council to ensure that the people of Adentan celebrated the festival peacefully.
He later told journalists that the donation to the people of Adentan traditional area over the years had created a cordial relation between them and the assembly.
The MCE explained that chiefs and elders play a critical role in decision- making in the community and the local level and they need to be supported in diverse ways to discharge their mandate effectively.
He added that, the traditional councils are the custodians of the land of the assembly and it was proper as custom to show the little the assembly could contribute towards the assembly.
Adentan, he stated, does not have a paramount chief, but the community chiefs, who represent the ancestral stools of Teshie and La in the Ga land have a lot to help the assembly.
“I will take this opportunity to entreat all, especially the traditional leaders and every resident to ensure that this year’s ‘Homowo’ is celebrated in a peaceful atmosphere. Let us show unity and love towards one another before, during and after the ‘Homowo,’” he added.
Nii Noi Adumuah said he would ensure that all the traditional communities within the jurisdiction have their fair share of the items and tasked the authorities not to relent in their effort with prayers to maintain peace in the municipality.
He reiterated government’s commitment to develop the country and asked for all and sundry to help in that initiative.
Nii Amon-Kotei, Djasetse of the Ashalley-Botwe traditional community, on behalf of the traditional council, thanked the assembly for the gesture and entreated others to do same.
While assuring that the items would be put to good use, Nii Kotei also traced the history of the Adentan area community and noted that the traditional leaders have a central role to play in development.
He said, the traditional leaders would continue to seek unity and good health for development agents, especially the MCE and his staff, to deliver.
Present at the ceremony were the presiding member for AdMA, Joseph Odai Boye; public relations officer, Ms Ellen Blankson, and other senior assembly staff.
‘Homowo,’ which means ‘hooting at hunger’, is one of the colourful festivals celebrated by the people of Ga (Accra) traditional area.
It is characterised by rituals, such as the sprinkling of “Kpokpoi,” the festival dish, to the gods and ancestors for spiritual protection, a procession of twins through the principal streets, traditional drumming and dancing and general merry-making.
The festival is preceded by a month-long ban on noise-making, while the climax is from 12 noon to 6:00pm and during the celebration, any woman, no matter the status, should accept a hug from a man on the festival street.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba