Cape Coast ready for Fetu Afahye
All roads lead to Cape Coast this week through to the weekend.
The Cape Coast is recieving hundreds of visitors as the city gears up for the celebration of this year's Fetu festival.
Foreign and local tourists and natives have journeyed from various corners of the country and beyond to partake in the age-old festival and it's exciting programme lined ups.
Tradition and fun
Come Saturday, Oguaa or Cape Coast would come alive as tradition and fun cooks in a pot of cultural delicacy as the chiefs and people climax their annual Fetu festival.
This year's festival is on the theme: "Celebrating our educational institutions for enhancing the name of Oguaa."
With fervent preparations underway for this year's grand celebration, the inhabitants of Cape Coast are full of with anticipation, ready to revel in the festival.
Overgrown road medians have been cleared of weeds, gutters de-silted and lots of streets lighted.
The Daily Graphic, observed that accommodation facilities had been secured by many enthusiastic patrons several months in advance, affirming the widespread enthusiasm for the event.
The festival is set to showcase lots of artistic performances by musicians hailing from both the Central Region and beyond.
The Central Regional Coordinating Council has organised it's second edition of the Central Trade Expo 2023, to strategically coincide with the Fetu Afahye to showcase a variety of goods and service to promote businesses in the region at the Adisadel School park.
The Expo officially opened with 150 exhibitors who had already set up their booths and to exhibit their goods.
On display include jewelry, pastries, apparels, beverages, agrochemicals, central rice, handicraft, herbal remedies, insurance providers, educational institutions at the many booths.
Pubs and restaurants ready
The past week also saw the inauguration of new hotels and pubs, a strategic move aimed at drawing in large numbers of patrons.
The Chief Executive of Porky Darl'n Bar-BQue Andy Noonoo, said the facility was ready to receive massive patronage this year.
The Manager of Park Springs hotel, Micheal Ofori said there would be lots of fun activities for patrons.
"The team has worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of our services while maintaining an attractive pricing structure for the festival period," he stated.
The Proprietor Lemon Lounge, Kelvin Kofi Ammisah, said the tourism potential of Cape Coast was enormous and said management of the lounge aimed to give patrons exceptional and memorable culinary which fosters a sense of homeliness during their stay.
Activities lined up
Activities lined up of events include a Health and Sanitation Day, the Osabarima Kodwo Mbra V Choral Concert, and an HIV/AIDS awareness initiative, along with a Tuberculosis educational campaign.
Other activities include the famous Orange Friday Carnival, the Mbofra Mbofra Day and the Fanti Food Fair.
The festival was referred to as “Black Christmas“ by the white colonial masters in the pre-colonial times. It is held to mark a bumper harvest season and to thank the 77 deities of the Oguaa Traditional Area