Akwamuman launches annual homecoming

BY: Dominic Moses Awiah & Benjamin Glover
Odeneho Akoto III (middle) responding to cheers during the launch of the homecoming event
Odeneho Akoto III (middle) responding to cheers during the launch of the homecoming event

The Omanhene of Akwamu in the Eastern Region, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, has launched the second edition of the Akwamuman annual homecoming celebration, with a call on indigenes to return to rekindle the historic, cultural, political and spiritual bonding of Akwamuman.

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The homecoming, which begins from Friday, November 24, 2017, to Sunday, December 3 this year, will bring together indigenes of Akwamu from all over the world to celebrate and showcase the historical and traditional culture of Akwamuman.

As part of activities marking the occasion, a nine-member planning committee chaired by Mr E.D. Manful from the royal Akwamu Twidan family has been formed and tasked to come out with the modalities that would ensure a successful programme.

Launch


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At the launch of the homecoming last Saturday, Odeneho Akoto III said the occasion would also pave the way for the people of Akwamu to discuss issues that retard the development agenda of the people.

Despite some of the developmental challenges confronting the people of Akwamu, Odeneho Akoto III said the area was noted for its rich traditional culture and beautiful tourist attractions, including some of the oldest artefacts and archaeological sites in the country.

He mentioned the Akosombo Dam, the Adomi Bridge, the Volta Lake and mountains as some of the amazing scenes the people of Akwamu had within their jurisdiction.

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Odeneho Akoto III, therefore, called on Ghanaians home and abroad to take advantage of the event and come over and experience the rich culture of Akwamuman.

Programmes

Outlining some of the activities scheduled for this year’s celebration, the Secretary of the Planning Committee, Mr Martin Adu-Owusu, said there would be a short ceremony on November 24 to kick-start the  event.

“There will be pouring of libation as well as Christian prayers at Bogyawe Palace-Akwamufie. It will be followed by a Muslim worship at Akosombo,” he said.

Other activities include a fund raising dinner, lectures, street jams, clean-up exercise, visitation to Akwamu Traditional shrines, remembering the dead and presentation of gifts and contributions towards the grand Nyaimukese to Odeneho Akoto III.

Mr Adu-Owusu said the climax of the homecoming would be a durbar and an interaction with compatriots, business leaders on Akwamuland and friends of Akwamu.

The Omanhene said Akwamuman was once a prominent state with territories covering most of the southern part of present day Ghana, noting that many Akans also traced their roots to Akwamu.