The people of the Ohiawa We of Otublohum in Ga Mashie, last Saturday celebrated their homowo festival amidst merry making.
The Dzaasehene of the Otublohum division, Nii Amoo III, sprinkled the traditional food “kpoikpoi” from house to house which was well received by the residents.
He said the sprinkling of the ‘kpoikpoi’ was not a fetish activity as perceived by some people but rather to honour the ancestors for their contribution in eliminating at hunger.
“The traditional food can be eaten by everyone, irrespective of the tribe,” he said, adding that the festival is a time not for only merry making but to settle family disputes and re-unite with family members and neighbours.”
Nii Amoo called on the Gas people to protect their lands, instead of engaging in land litigation which was helping in attracting investment to enhance development.
He also expressed concern about the numerous chieftaincy disputes and land litigation which had retarded the development of the Ga state and urged them to bury their differences forward.
Homowo is a festival celebrated by Gas who migrated from Nigeria.
During their migration to Ghana, they suffered from hunger until they landed on the shores of Accra.
Which celebrated annually in remembrance of their ancestors who led them spiritually to where they settled in present day Ghana. Before the celebration there is a month-long ban on noise-making to revere the ancestors.
It starts on a Friday and ends on Sunday with a thanksgiving service.
Homowo means hooting at hunger and it is celebrated by the people of the Ga traditional area.
The festival is celebrated annually to remember the ancestors who sacrificed themselves for the country.
The festival starts on a Friday and ends on Sunday with a thanksgiving service.