Ghana should celebrate persons who contributed towards development

Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA –
The Reverend Dr Philip Laryea of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology,
Mission and Culture has called for the institution of community heroes day in
the country to celebrate personalities who have contributed towards development.

He proposed that a
durbar should to be organised annually where Christians and traditional
authorities honour prominent citizens who have distinguished themselves in
their various communities.

Rev Laryea who is
the Dean of Accredited Studies & Senior Research Fellow said such
personalities have left behind great legacy, that is worth emulating and it is
prudent to honour and pay respect for their selfless values they rendered to
the community.

The Reverend
Minister made the call at the annual Homowo lecture in Accra on the theme: “Remembering
the Living; A Christian Response to the Offering of Kpokpoi to the Departed.”

The lecture was
organised by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Osu District in collaboration
with Osu-Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Committees of Ecumenical and Social

Giving a bit of
history, he said the people of Ga celebrate Homowo, which literally means
hooting at hunger, came to be when there was severe famine among the people for
a considerable number of years.

The Homowo festival
has a common relation with such festival such as the Bakatue Festival of Elmina
and Fao Festival of Paga, the Akwantukese Festival of Koforidua, the
Akwantutenten Festival of Worawora and the Hogbetsotso Festival of the Anloga.

Despite the
diversities found in the festivals, they could be grouped in many different
categories such as harvest festivals, migration festivals, purification
festivals and war festivals among the rest.

Rev Laryea was of
the view that the Gas believed in the ancestors because they acted as the
mediators between the living the dead.

“The ancestors were
moral custodians of tradition in society, where they rewarded good people and
punished the wicked people. This believe makes the departed relatives very
powerful because they were seen as living in the spirit,” he added.

He said the Church
recognises that there are some useful traditions that is worth celebrating, for
instance the Catholic Church“ Feast of All Souls Day” to remember the departed

Rev Laryea said the
contemporary world had neglected traditional values due to widespread corruption,
crime, and immoral activities.

He was of the view
that traditional values should not be totally relegated to the background but
rather the good ones that tends to have positive impacts become acceptable
societal norms.


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