The Chief of Opah in the Ga West Municipality, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, has urged Ghanaians especially Christians not to perceive the celebration of the Homowo by Ga people as idol worshiping.
According to him, Homowo is the bedrock of the Ga’s core beliefs that strengthens their existence and inspires them of their traditions of personal liberty.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, was speaking on the sidelines of the Opah Homowo celebration in the Ga West Municipally of the Greater Accra Region.
The celebration welcomed natives and guest beyond the boundaries of the Opah township. There was lot of fun, drumming, dancing and shooting of short raffles in aim of gracing the occasion.
The Chief of Opah, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, speaking in an interview with the Ghanaianvoiceonline.com after sprinkling the traditional food Kpokpoi, hinted that the celebration of the Homowo is a unique festivity since it brings close relationship tides.
He advised Ghanaians not to misconstrue traditional practices to mean worshipping of idols or evil practices, because every community was built upon strong traditions, with values that made it to grow to appreciable levels and made it possible for members of the various communities to live in peace with one another.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, said it had become a major problem in Ghana that some Ghanaians do not see the need to learn
and understand the importance of traditional practices in their areas, and regard them as evil which, the Chief described it as unfortunate, since their behaviour towards traditional practices would affect their development.
He noted that the situation where they looked down on traditions should
be of much concern to all well meaning Ghanaians especially as the youth have adopted foreign cultures, which are alien to Ghanaian cultural practices.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, also reiterated the need to change the name of Greater Accra region to GaDangme region to reflect the identity of the indegens of the jurisdiction.
He therefore appealed to the government to rename the Greater Accra region to the GaDangme region with new demarcation to cover Yilo Krobo, Manya Krobo in Eastern region among others who speak the GaDangme language.
Touching on development of the area, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, appealed to the Ga West Municipal Assembly to rehabilitate the road networks in the area.
He noted that the deplorable nature of the roads in the area, is not only making living conditions there very difficult for the people.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, said the Sarpeiman-Opah road which was awarded on contract some years ago, had been abandoned without any explanation from the Municipal Assembly.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, said it is becoming difficult for residents to live normal lives in the community and appealed to the Municipal Assembly to take steps to provide the needed social infrastructure to improve the living conditions in the community.
By: Paul Mamattah