Ho, Aug. 21, GNA – Madam Dzifa Gomashie,
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, on Saturday launched the
2016 Asogli Yam Festival with a call on the Asogli State to give the festival a
She said the festival has the potential to
make the Volta Region a destination of choice for local and international
tourists and asked the Planning Committee to package the festival as a product
for the Region.
Madam Gomashie also asked the indigenes to be
welcoming and help make the festival “all inclusive” by involving other
traditional areas in the Region to enhance the event.
She asked Municipal and Metropolitan
Assemblies to get actively involved in the celebration and explore
opportunities to market potentials of their districts.
The four-week celebration on the theme, “Let’s
unite for peace, stability and development.” is packed with innovative
traditional events and expected to attract tourists from Germany, Benin, Cote
d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Togo and members of the diplomatic corps.
Some activities for the celebration are
fireworks, mountain climbing, street carnivals, lectures, musical concerts,
sporting events, cultural nights, business forums and a pilgrimage to Notsie in
the Republic of Togo, the ancestral home of Ewes.
Brigadier General Martin K. Ahiaglo (Rtd),
Chairman, 2016 Asogli Yam Festival Planning Committee, called on indigenes of
the Volta Region to make the festival a special homecoming event and the “best
fun-loving memorable celebration.”
He said since the revival of the festival in
2003 after the installation of Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV, the festival had
united the people and promoted socio-economic development of the State and the
Togbe Kotoku XI, Paramount Chief of Kpenoe
Traditional area, who chaired the launch urged the people to remain united and
work together for the development of Asogli, Volta Region and Ghana.