The Chiefs and People of the Akwamu Traditional Area in the Eastern Region, have been called upon to join hands in showcasing their rich culture to Ghanaians and the international community to promote tourism and development.
The call was made by the Omanhene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III at the launch of the 2017 Akwamuman Nhyiamu Kese (Homecoming) at Akwamufie on Saturday.
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This year’s Nhyiamu Kese under the theme “Our History, Unity and Development” starts on November 24 and ends on December 3, 2017.
Akwamuman was once a prominent state with territories covering most of the southern part of present day Ghana. many Akans trace their roots to Akwamu.
The area is noted for its rich cultural and tourist attractions including the Akosombo Dam, Adomi Bridge and a number of islands. It is also the home of a variety of historical heritage materials and archival documents.
Launching the festival at Bogyawe Palace in Akwamufie, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto said "Akwamu has become the untold story. Our history is not known to Ghana and the rest of the world. You cannot write the history of Ghana without mentioning the role of the Akwamu people. That is why my elders and I have initiated this event to tell our story and also foster unity to promote development." the Omanhene said.
He used the occasion to advice Ghanaians in general and Akwamus to embrace the free SHS policy of the government to educate their children and help raise the human resource capital in the traditional area.
The launch was graced by the Queen Mother of Akwamu Traditonal Area, Nana Afrakomah II, the District Chief Executive of Asuogyaman, Mr Samuel Kwame Agyekum, Mr Ebenezer D. Manful, Chairman of a nine-member steering committee of Akwamuman Nhyiamu kese and Dr. Kwaku Ofosu Asare who co-chaired the launch of the 2017 homecoming.
This year’s Akwamuman Nhyiamu Kese, like the first edition held in 2012, would be marked with various activities including a vigil, clean-up exercises, performance of purification rites and rituals, visitation and presentation of gifts to the aged at Akwamufie, exhibition of historical relics including the bunch of the original keys of the
Christianborg Castle which was kept as a trophy, the over 400-year old bullet proof lion skin war cloth of the king of Akwamu among others.