The successful celebration of the 2015 Homowo festivities by the people of Amasaman, including the much patronized street carnival was spectacular, a grand durbar was organized today 22nd of August,2015 by his Majesty, Nii Amasa Okreku II where he addressed his citizens and other traditional authorities within his kingdom for the need of peace and unity to foster development in the area.
A BRIEF ON THE HƆMƆWƆ / “HOMOWO” FESTIVAL:
It is a harvest festival celebrated by the people of the Ga Traditional Area, in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It originated from a period of great famine which was eventually followed by a bumper harvest in grain and fish. Thus, the word “Homowo”, literally means “hooting at hunger”.
The main highlight of this month-long festival is the special dish prepared from ground corn, steamed and mixed with palm oil and eaten with palmnut soup.
Prayers for a peaceful and prosperous year are offered. Each Ga chief is followed by a retinue with drumming, dancing and singing through his area where he sprinkles some of the special dish called “kpokpoi” and pours libation.
It is merry-making for the Gas, where an entire family, extended family and visitors in particular are invited home to join in the feasting and to deliberate on their welfare and that of their society at large.
Other Chiefs and dignitaries were present in their numbers to grace the occasion, noticeable among them were, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, President of the Otublohum Divisional Council and Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte among others.The special guest for the event was the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahama who was represented by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo wished the people well and encouraged them to continue to live in peace, he was accompanied by Chairman Joseph Ade-Koker, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress.
Enjoy the pictures:
It was a fantastic celebration filled with joyful activities and impressive performances.
PEACE AND LOVE !!