Ga Odumase celebrates Homowo

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Nii Acquah sprinkling Kpoikpoi at a  cemetery.  Nii Acquah sprinkling Kpoikpoi at a cemetery. The Chief and people of Ga Odumase, near Amasaman, on Saturday celebrated their annual Homowo Festival with an appeal to all supporters of the two political parties contesting the 2012 electin petition- the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) — to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict in the election petition case to enable peace to prevail in the country.

“Ga Odumase,  like any other community or town in Ghana has supporters of these two political parties and other parties and we must not take to violence to disturb the peace we are all enjoying now  after the verdict “

The Chief of Ga Odumase, Nii Acquah II, made this statement at a durbar to mark the annual Homowo festival of the town.

As part of the celebrations, he sprinkled the “kpoikpoi” to ancestors at the five clan houses and cemeteries in the town.

The clan houses are the Numo Achia We, Tackie Ayensu We, Numo Kwao Amardey We, Korkor Sampah We and Naa Ayeley We.

He explained that they first sprinkled Kpoikpoi to ancestors in the cemeteries before those living ate the rest because the ancestors were hungry before their death.

He said Ga Odumase, under the Ga Sempe Divison, was made of three towns, namely Amanfrom, Dome Sampa and Pampaaso.

Nii Acquah said the pressing problems confronting the town included the lack of classroom blocks for their basic school, which had compelled the school’s authorities to hold classes on the premises of some residents.

The rest of the problems, he said, were the lack of potable water, a health post and a police station.

He appealed to the government, non-governmental organisations and benevolent individuals and organisations to come to their aid.

Nii Acquah alleged that some people were murdered in cold blood ago in the town some years ago and the perpetrators of that crime had yet not been found, but that should not deter his people from moving ahead.

He quoted a statement made by the first Ghanaian President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, that the “Independence of Ghana was meaningless unless it was linked with the total liberation of Africa” and appealed to people of Ga Odumase and all Ga communities to unite and contribute to the development of their people.

Some divisional chiefs who were in attendance were Nii Adjei Sanaa, Adjeiman Mantse, Nii Odu II, Oduman Mantse, Jurtz Romeo Ayee Ankrah, Otublohum Dadeban Mantse, Nii Sampah Kojo XI, Dome Mantse, Nii Akwetey II, Akweteman Mantse and the La Mankralo.

In various remarks, they all appealed for peace and unity among the people of Ga Odumase and other Ga communities to enable them to develop.

They also appealed to all Ghanaians to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict, so everybody could continue with their various endeavours and sustain the peace the country was enjoying.

By Emmanuel Quaye/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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