Cape Coast gears up for Oguaa Fetu Afahye

By: Timothy Gobah & Deborah Oluwamuyiwa, Cape Coast
Omanhene, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II at 2017 Afahye
Oguaa Omanhene, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II in a palanquin at last year's Fetu Afahye
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BEACH bars and restaurants, have filled up almost every corner of Cape Coast in the Central Region in preparation for the 2018 Oguaa Fetu Afahye celebration.

Walkways, pavements and forecourts of homes have been turned into entertainment avenues while loud music blur in readiness for the weekend where most of the activities marking the festival will come off.

As a festival that draws people from all works of life and from different parts of the country, some indigenes have taken advantage of the Oguaa Fetu Afahye to promote their businesses and to treat revellers to an unforgettable time.

At Da Breeze, a popular beach bar and restaurant, finishing touches were being made to give a facelift to the facility for revellers who will be there to have fun.

In a chat with Showbiz on the afternoon of Thursday, August 29, the Supervisor of Da Breeze, Mr Emmanuel Woode said "everything is being done to welcome our guests who are assured of a good time."

He said there would be high security presence and gave the assurance " each and everyone will be protected”." There will be no space for miscreants and drug users" he said.

Throwing light on some of the activities Da Breeze will offer from tomorrow Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2, Mr Woode said there would be live band during the period, chilled drinks and sumptuous meals among others.

At Rush Hour located on the OLA stretch of the beachfront, the proprietor, Ms Julie Annan said "all is set for a great celebration."

Ms Sebastina Tetteh, owner of Okyeso Nyame, a food joint said the euphoria in town was high and the Afahye celebration always came with massive sales. "Although sales have started off slowly, it would definitely pick up at the weekend when visitors arrive for Afahye", she added.

For Mr David Kofi Awusi owner of Churchees Food and Somoothies, a new eatery said, the Afahye period was a strategic period to open his place because there would be a lot of visitors in town.

He said he was certain to make a lot of sales as the festival is always well patronised.

 Fetu Afahye, a festival celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana is marked  on the first Saturday of September every year.

The 2018 Oguaa Fetu Afahye which is on the theme: “Restoration of our heritage: A key to tourism and development" would be packed with carnivals, entertainment and educational programmes to attract the participation of the youths.

The traditional council have also not been left out in the preparation for the festival as renovation and painting works could be seen going on at the Emintsimadze Palace, which is the seat of the Oguaa Omanhene, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II.