As part of efforts to support this year’s celebration of the Homowo festival, the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) has donated assorted items to the Ningo and Prampram Traditional Councils. Each Traditional Council received packs of bottled water, packs of canned malts, crates of drinks, two gallons of palm nut oil, four bags of palm nuts, two bags of maize, schnapps and an undisclosed amount of money.
Presenting the items, the District Chief Executive, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku assured the chiefs and elders of the traditional council’s, of the Assembly’s maximum support and wished them well as they embark on this year’s celebration. Homowo, meaning “hooting at hunger” is an annual festival celebrated in the month of August by the Ga people of Ghana. It is to commemorate the day their ancestors had victory over hunger and hooted at it with songs and dancing. During this season, the traditional meal for the festival, Kpokpoi is prepared and served to the gods as thanksgiving for seeing them through the period of severe famine.
Speaking on the activities during the festival, Nene Banahene Tetteh Asiameh of Ningo Traditional Council revealed that this year’s Homowo festival will be celebrated in the various family houses instead of the usual mass gatherings for the performance of festive rites. This he said is as a result of the president’s restrictions on public gatherings due to the surge in the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic. He expressed his gratitude over the donations. In the same vein, Asafoatse Omensu lll of the Prampram Traditional Council received the items and also appreciated the efforts of the Assembly towards the celebration. Other undesirable issues, such as the adverse effects of the activities of sand miners, especially during the time of the festivity and faulty streetlights amongst others were raised as major concerns bothering the community.
The DCE assured the chiefs and elders that proper measures are underway to ensure that things are put in place before and after the festival to ensure peace and tranquility in the district. The Homowo festival is one of the most patronized festivals in Ghana as many travel from far and near to join the celebration and learn more about the traditions.