This year’s Fetu Afahye, celebrated by the people of Cape Coast was climaxed on Saturday, September 1, with a colourful durbar after a week-long celebration.
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It was a display of culture on Saturday morning as the chiefs, queenmothers and Asafo companies as well as the general public, went on a procession which started from the Mfantsipim School Junction through the Kotokuraba Market before ending up at the durbar grounds at the Jubilee Park.
The durbar was a colourful affair
The Oguaa Manhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, said the theme for the Fetu Afahye, which was “Restoration of our heritage: A key to tourism and development,” was selected to take the indigenes back to their roots as well as revive the cultural spirit among the youth.
He admonished the residents to put an end to open defecation since toilet facilities were being built along the coastal stretch whiles urging the government to educate the masses on the double track system for Senior High Schools.
Oguaa Manhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II
In his address, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, entreated the people to put in measures to make the festival more appealing to attract larger numbers of revelers in the coming years.
A section of people at the durbar
He used the opportunity to recount some of the projects undertaken by the NPP government since it assumed office.
Paramount among these projects were the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS), restoration of teacher trainee allowances and reduced electricity tariffs.
“We are having higher literacy to reduce the poverty rate in Ghana as well as the creation of jobs which is very crucial for this government. That is why we are investing much in agriculture,” he said.
Culture and tradition was on full display
This year’s Fetu Afahye kicked off on Monday, August 27, with some traditional rites at the Fosu Lagoon. Then there was a regatta on Wednesday, August 28 which also signalled the lifting of the the ban on fishing in the lagoon.
The traditional rites then continued on Thursday night at the Paprata shrine where traditional priests and priestesses danced into the wee hours of the night to prepare the grounds for the slaughtering of a cow on Friday morning.
This ritual is believed to cleanse the town, ward off any bad omen as well as wish for better opportunities.
On Friday morning, Cape Coast was a sea of orange as the Orange Friday parade took place with thousands of residents and even visitors participating.
This man was a walking billboard for MTN
An initiative of Cape FM, a local radio station, Orange Friday has grown to become one of the biggest events during the festival.
The Fetu Afahye attracted thousands of revellers from all over the country and abroad who filled the various pubs and other entertainment centers in the Cape Coast metropolis.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia greets the Oguaa Manhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II