BY: Wilson Emmanuel
Ghana made of 16 regions is known for its diverse cultural heritage. The month of March is set aside to celebrate the county’s rich and beautiful culture. From the perfectly well-choreographed dance routines, melodious sounds from the “Frontomfrom”, “Kete”, “Atumpan” , globe and many others, the beautiful kente, and other traditional outfits is what makes this county a perfect tourist destination.
As part of ADOA TV’S contribution towards the celebration of this month; we will walk you through our rich culture and heritage. This wonder-filled journey will cut across all four corners of the country.
Our first stop is the Eastern Region of Ghana. This Region is located in south Ghana. This Region can proudly boast of its mountainous views, cold temperature, waterfalls, canopy walkways, dams, and mind-blowing festivals and traditions. This Region is bordered to the east by the Lake Volta, to the north by the Bono East region and Ashanti regions respectively, and also by t Central Region by the South.
This eastern Region with Koforidua as its capital is made up of five very strong ethnic groups, the Akwapims, Akyems, kwahu , krobos, and the Guans. Some notable traditional rulers in this region are; the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Oforipayin ii( King of Akyem Abuakwa) Oseadeayoo Kwasi Akuffo iii (Okuapehene) Daasebre Akuamoah Ayyapong ii (Kwahuhene), Osaberima Asiedu Okoo Ababio (Akwapim Benkum and Guanhene).
Our heritage bus stops at the Akwapim part of this region to explore their culture and traditions. The Odwira festival celebrated by the people of Akwapim has driven thousands if not millions to the region. Celebrated annually in the month of September, this festival is the epitome of culture and unity and for music lovers a place to have some good time. During the week of this festival, the whole Okuapeman is prepared to receive visitors, hotels are booked ahead of time even temporal mini restaurants are mounted to serve visitors and tourists alike.
On Odwira Monday: the youth of each Town organize clean-up exercises and a public float to announce the occasion. On Tuesday; the Odwira aura is brought from the traditional forest reserve, this is act is believed to summon the ancestral spirits and paraded through the town led by Nsumankwaahene(the chief priest of the town) before finally arriving at the palace for further traditions to be performed. On Wednesday; which is known as the black Wednesday, the chief and people don black and red to signify a period of mourning and grief.
each and every day as we educate the public on pension.
Thursday: I say is when the merry-making begins, on this day palaces are opened to the public, and food is served to all that are willing to dine with the royal family and socialize as well. Friday mornings usually are meant for indoor and outdoor games for the youth to serve as the bridge between tradition and the people. This is usually followed by a night of musical concert and many other fun activities.
On Saturday: which crowing moment of this festival is the grand durbar, this is usually accompanied by palanquin rides through principal streets and a typical display of cultural dance and traditional music. On Saturday: which crowing moment of this festival is the grand durbar, this is usually accompanied by palanquin rides through principal streets and a typical display of cultural dance and traditional music.
The fun is ignited in the evening with a grand concert which usually features top-notch musicians. The Sunday is for thanksgiving and a diner night which is called the Odo Adidi, So if you are in a dilemma as to where to catch some fun and get exposed to some unfiltered Ghanaian culture Okuapeman is the place is to stop.
And oh less I forget, one can not visit Akwapim without tasting their infamous Fufu and Mmekwan or the nnyoma ne nkwan . These exquisite cuisines are to die for … in this heritage, month stay with me as I tell the story of various beautiful rich traditions in our country.