Entertainment of Monday, 5 September 2016
The queen mother of Gomoa Fetteh in the Central region, Nana Abena Ewusiwaa II has described as part of tradition a promiscuous dance exhibited by the youth in the town during this year’s Ahobaakese festival.
In a video which has gone viral on social media, young men are seen swinging their waist behind young girls with some fondling their breasts.
This has been condemned with many calling for the festival to be banned but the queen mother said such call is pointless.
She explained that the dance dubbed: ‘Akosolontoba’ in the local dialect is part of the rituals to mark the festival to remember how their ancestor Ahor liberated them from slavery.
Nana Abena Ewusiwaa II noted that the dance which is known in local parlance as “Atopah dance’ is an opportunity for both young men and women to find their soul mates.
“Some of the men are unable to propose to the girls, so this part of the festival gives them the opportunity to propose to the women they wish to marry” she added.
Rather than calling for it to be banned, the queen mother said people should rather partner with them for the festival to gain national exposure.
Nana Abena Ewusiwaa II stated emphatically that the Atopah dance is in no way promoting promiscuity among the youth.
Watch the video below;