The Greater Accra Regional Zabarma Chief, Chief Alhaji Musah Yahaya Yandu III, together with his cabinet members and elders over the weekend celebrated their maiden Zabarma Sallah Festival in Accra.
The colourful ceremony brought together Zabarma natives, the Muslim community other tribesmen among others to climax the 2022 Zabarma Sallah Festival.
The festival which was organised under the theme “Unifying the Zabarma Community to promote its diversity and cultural Heritage” was attended by very important personalities, Including the Ambassador of Niger to Ghana, the National Chief Imam, Zongo Chiefs, the Yoruba Chief of the Central Region, Ga Chiefs and Queen Mothers as well as other special guests across the country.
Delivering a keynote address at the debar, Professor Abu Yahaya from the University of Ghana, Legon pointed out that, the Zabarma Community must keep in mind, the reason for their forefather, thus; prophet Mohammed’s celebration of Eid ul-Adha.
He encouraged the Zabarma Chiefs to begin advocacy for an economic development strategy that places a strong emphasis on trading amongst individuals.
Professor Abu Yahaya urged Ghanaians especially those in a leadership positions to do away with selfish tendencies adding that; they should rather pursue truth with a conscience which according to him, is the only way to unite the country and harness its resources and potential.
Chief Yandu III, who doubles as the president of the National Council of Zabarma Chiefs presented awards to some hard-working individuals whose assistance, advice, as well as encouraging council, has guided him in his reign as the Greater Accra Zabarma Chief.
One of the awardees, the National Chief Imam, his Eminence Sheikh Dr Usumanu Nuhu Sharubutu blessed Chief Yahaya Yandu III with prayers and asked Allah to continue protecting and guiding the Zabarma traditional leader in all his endeavours.
Speaking to the media, Chief Yandu reiterated the importance of fostering unity, harmony and co-existence within the Zabarma Community as well as Ghanaians in general, living in harmony with each other to promote peace.
Furthermore, the President of the National Council of Zabarma Chiefs, disclosed that plans are far advanced for the commencement of a Zabarma Youth Education Fund to help educate the teeming Zabarma youths, especially the females to become prominent, respected as well as responsible individuals in the not too distant a future.
“We owe it a duty to educate our children and young ones so they can continue the good works when we are gone and also, in turn, educate latter generations who would come after them” he emphasised.
The Zabarma Festival celebration was preceded by a Health Walk from Nima to Fadama. The six (6) kilometres distance by road was well patronized by both the young and the aged from the various Zabarma communities within the Greater Accra Region.
The health walk by the group, the very first of its kind, saw hundreds of Zabarma people within the Greater Accra Region participate fully, right from the converging point, all the way to Fadama where a football gala involving teams from various Zabarma communities within Greater Accra Metropolis was competitively displayed.
The objective of the Health Walk according to Chief Yandu III, was to foster unity amongst the Zabarma people living in Accra and also create awareness for the upcoming maiden edition of the Zabarma Festival, 2022.
Chief Yandu III, seized the opportunity to express his heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported in diverse ways to make the maiden edition of the Zabarma Festival 2022, a huge success.