Refrain From Making Derogatory Remarks About Homowo And Beliefs Of Ga People
………Nii Ayi Okofobour

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The Chiefs and people of Ngleshie Lafaa-Barima Nmarko in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality of the Greater Accra Region over the weekend celebrated their annual Homowo festival amidst the sprinkling of ‘Kpokpoi’, the traditional food of the Gas.

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The celebration was also marked with the beating of drums and the chanting of war songs, as royal entourages and other people, mainly the youth clad in red T-shirts accompanied the Chiefs.

The festival which was celebrated peacefully, attracted a large number of people, the Chiefs and some indigenes took turns to sprinkle the food and poured libation at sacred places and homes in rememberace of their Forefathers and in line with customs .

Addressing the media after the sprinkling, the Chief of Ngleshie Lafaa-Barima Nmarko, Nii Ayi Okufobour I, expressed concern over using the Police restricting the celebration of the Homowo and the sprinkling of the Kpokpoi which according to him is an infringement on the custom and tradition of the Ga people.

He describes the actions by the Police as unnecessary tension being created over the celebration of the Homowo and the performing of the custom and tradition of the Ga people saying; it’s an important element of remembering their ancestor of the land.

Nii Ayi Okufobour I, expressed worry over the deliberate attempt by some ethnic elements in the Ghana Police Service to distort the customs, traditions, history and heritage of the Homowo celebration by the Ga people.

“The importance of the Homowo celebration to the Ga people cannot be overemphasised. It marks the beginning of the traditional year and the harvesting of a staple food. It is a period when people remember and mourn those who had died during the year. Besides, it reviews the past year’s mistakes and plans for the future, and helps to uphold and continue the tradition”. Nii Ayi Okufobour I stressed.

He added that the festival also gives the youth the opportunity to know themselves as well as educate the youth about their tradition saying; religiously, the festival is a period of purification of the land to strengthen everyone spiritually and socially in order to face the coming year successfully.

Nii Ayi Okufobour I, therefore cautioned the Ghana Police Service not to interfere in the celebration of the Homowo, the customs and tradition of the Ga people and also cautioned residents of Accra to refrain from making derogatory remarks about the rites, customs, practices and beliefs of the Ga people.

He called on Ga natives not to abandon their culture and values such as respect for the elders and Chiefs since no nation can develop without its time tested values and culture.

By: Paul Mamattah

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