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Obom Weku marks Homowo festival

The Chief and people of Obom We have celebrated their annual Homowo festival in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

Obom We, a division of Sempe quarters of the Ga State, was originally billed to celebrate Homowo between the period—15-18 September, 2018.  

However, that changed following a new directive from the Sempe paramountcy under who the Obom Mantse takes his authority.

The occasion was marked with family re-unions, sprinkling of kpoikpoi (Ga delicacy prepared specifically for the festival), parties and firing of muskets.

The Chief of Obom, Nii Kpakpo Amaate II, told a cross-section of journalists who were invited to cover the event that within the Ga State all the various clans had their own dates for the celebration of Homowo.

He said one issue that was retarding development in the Ga State was chieftaincy dispute. He attributed that to people not following the customs and traditions in the installation of the legitimate and rightful persons as chiefs.

   In this regard, Nii Amaate II stressed the need for unity amongst Gas.  

“Peace is one essential ingredient that brings about development,” he emphasised.

  According to him, this year’s celebration themed: “Unity and Development,” is aimed at uniting all the clans within the Ga State and also ensuring progress in development.

The Obom Mantse also used the opportunity to appeal to the central government to build a senior high school (SHS) in the Obom community.

The lack of an SHS in the area, Nii Amaate II explained, was not helping matters at all, especially for junior high school (JHS) pupils, who complete JHS.

Also, though the community has a health centre that cater for the health needs of several communities, the chief urged government to give it a facelift and elevate it to the status of a polyclinic.

“Our road is terrible, and because of that commercial drivers were taking advantage of it to charge exorbitant fares,” he lamented.

Consequently, the Obom chief entreated the central government to come to their aid by fixing their road and also building a police post in the area.

Later Nii Amaate II, while sprinkling Kpoikpoi in the various family houses, prayed for the nation.

He called for peace and unity among Gas and expressed the hope that they would bury their differences to move the Ga State forward.

For her part, the Queen mother, Naa Amerley Akushika II, touched on the issue of teenage pregnancy.

She advised, particularly young girls in the area, against entering into amorous relationship with young men.

She also called on the inhabitants to champion good hygienic practices in order to keep the community clean.

The queen mother, however, warned that the law would deal with residents who failed to keep their surroundings clean.

The Family Head of Obom and Mayera communities, Nii Commey, advised prospective persons looking to buy parcels of land(s) in Obom to do due diligence before proceeding to purchase any land.

“My advice to prospective land buyers is that they should avoid transacting business with so-called landowners along the road, but instead seek for the rightful land owners. This will help prevent people from being swindled by persons who have no lands,” he cautioned.

The Asaofoatse of Obom, Nii Addo, aka Kofi Yesu, urged the youth not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble.

According to him, the youth should rather concentrate their energies in building a vibrant Obom community which “fruits when ripe would be eaten by all.”   

Among some of the elders who participated in the festival were the Sienye (Stool mother), Naa Adokalo I, Sietse (Stool father), Nii Okine Hammond, Nii Akwashong I and many others.

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