The people of Opah Traditional Area in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, over the weekend have climaxed their annual Homowo with a durbar of Chiefs in the Opah community.
The event is celebrated to commemorate the victory over hunger by hooting at and ridiculing it with songs and dancing characterized by the sprinkling of the traditional food “Kpokpoi” by the Chief of the community.
Friends, tourists, and families from the diaspora were there in their numbers to interact with their indigenous families to emphasize the core point of the celebration which meant reconciliation, unity, peace, and great family reunion through sharing of Kpokpoi, the traditional meal.
The festival which was celebrated on the theme; Unity and Development was turned into carnival grounds as hugs, handshakes, and dancing were common characteristics with a charged atmosphere amid the blaring of music stationed at every corner of the community.
After a successful procession through the town to sprinkle the Kpokpoi, the Paramount Chief of Opah, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, later hosted Chiefs and members of the community as well as tourists at the durbar grounds in the palace.
Addressing the gathering after the sprinkling, the Paramount Chief of Opah Traditional Area, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, asserted that this year’s celebration of the festival has been different as compared with those of previous years.
He called on the chiefs and people of Opah to shun petty squabbles, back-biting, and all negative tendencies that impede the progress and development of the area and put the past behind them, and develop the area as a united front.
Nii Opah explained that the disunity among elders of the land can hinder the development of the community adding that; the community can develop rapidly if the people unite and move with cohesion.
Commenting on the security of the community, Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, appealed to the Ghana Police Service to establish a Police Station at Opah to assist in curbing the criminal activities in the area.
He said together with his elders and the custodian of the land, the Opah community is ready to offer land for the construction of a Police Station in the area.
Nii Ayitey Okuaonsuro I, explained that security is critical in every human endeavor and must help to curb criminal activities, especially in newly developed communities.
By: Paul Mamattah