The First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed government commitment to reduce poverty and bring progress as well as prosperity to all manner of people, in a balanced and inclusive development.
Speaking at Ada, at the Asafotufiami Festival, the First Lady echoed her belief that festivals should be used as a vehicle of development towards prosperous, confident traditional people that can be built through the effective exploitation of human resources.
It was under the theme: “Mobilizing local resources towards the development and growth of the Traditional area”.
Asafotufiam” is an annual warriors’ festival celebrated by the chiefs and people of Ada, in the Greater Accra Region from the first weekend of August.
The festival commemorates the victories of the warriors in battle and those who fell on the battlefield. To re-enact these historic events, the warriors dress in traditional battle dress and stage a mock battle. Young men are also introduced to warfare.
The festival ushers in the harvest cycle, before this special customs and ceremonies are performed. These include purification ceremonies.
The celebration reaches its climax with a durbar, colorful procession of chiefs in palanquins with their retinue who are accompanied by traditional military groups called Asafo Companies amidst drumming, singing and dancing through the streets and onto the durbar grounds.
At the durbar, greetings are exchanged between the chiefs, and declarations of allegiance are made.
Mrs. Akufo Addo challenge traditional leaders to take the ownership of development and work with political leaders to ensure that the needs of the people are met.
The First Lady emphasized the need for various communities in the country to own the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenga hence the need for all to enjoy the benefit of the agenda.
The Greater Accra Region Minister, Ishmael Ashitey noted that, the vision of the chiefs and people of Ada is in line with government objective towards development hence the need for all particularly the people of Ada to put proactive measures to meet government half way.
The Paramount Chief of Ada Traditional Area, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku commended all and emphasized the need for government to see to the needs of the chiefs and people of Ada.
Story filed by Sheriff Iddrisu