TheApagyahene and Mabawahemaa of Akuapem over the weekend joined hands with the king makers and people of Teshie, a suburb of Accra to celebrated Teshie annual Homowo festival in a very peaceful manner.
Many were those who thought the celebration would be associated with violence due to chieftaincy dispute in the Teshie Township.
However the celebration as compared with the recent development, have been described as the most peaceful Homowo in the history of Teshie Township.
As has been the tradition, the legitimate Dzase of Teshie Traditional Council Nii Ashikwai Kwaobotswe and the Shikitele led the durbar, supported by NiiMensahTukorwonim II TeshieAkwashontse, NiiAdjeteyOkpe III, Nana OkrakuOkoampa of Apagyahene of Akuapem, Nana Abena-Dokua also the Mabawahemaa of Apagya Akuapem, sprinkled the traditional kpopoi, in the early morning through the Teshie Township among other places seeking for protection and guidance from their ancestors.
In an exclusive interview with the Ghana Palaver, the Dzase of Teshie Traditional Council Nii Ashikwai Kwaobotswe, called on all the bodies involved in the settling the chieftaincy dispute in the Teshie Township to fast-track the process and installed the rightful Chief to put an end to the little squabbles that seem to be hindering the peace of the Teshie Township.
He explained that the homowo celebration is not pagan as claimed by many people, but rather a celebration that was handed over to them by their forefathers, which was celebrated annually to remember their escape from bondage and the hunger their forefathers went through.
He said Chieftaincy litigations and wars over who is a chief or not undermine the development of the community adding that there is the need to allow the laws to work, as well as following due process in installing chiefs, which according to him would avoid unnecessary chieftaincy litigations.
On his part , the Apagyahene of Akuapem Nana Okraku Okoampa expressed gratitude for being part of the celebrations and called on the traditional council to help improve the nations culture and traditional practices.
This he said would market Ghanaians culture both home and abroad as well as boost the nation tourism sector.
He expressed the hope that things get better for the community so as to better the lives of the youth.
The Mabawahemaa of Akuapem called on parents to cut expenses on funerals and clothes and rather invest those resources into the education of their children to give them a brighter future.
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