Culture

FESTIVALS IN THE EASTERN REGION (ODWIRA)

The festival is celebrated in Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim,Larteh, Amanorkrom, and Ahwerase in the period of September/October. It significance if the annual thanksgiving to God for his merciful care and protection; customary purification of the land and people by the chiefs and priests for the spiritual and social renewal to face the trials and triumphs of another year; Reaffirmation of loyalties within ...

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FESTIVALS IN THE EASTERN REGION (DIPO)

Dipo is a Ghanaian traditional festival celebrated by the people of Odumase in the Eastern region of Ghana. The festival is one of the famous and important festivals in Ghana. The shai and the Ada people alsoperform this rite. The festival is celebrated in the month of April every year. Dipo rites have been practiced since the eleventh century, and their ...

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AKUAPEM PEOPLE: THEIR HISTORY II

The sudden death of the woman aroused much public suspicion and anger and after native physicians had examined and declared the cooked medicine as poisonous, the servant responsible, was in consequence, beheaded without trial;  and Ntow Abasaa, hearing of this fled into the forest. After the funeral of the woman numbers of her family and the towns people not to ...

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AKUAPEM PEOPLE: THEIR HISTORY I

The Akuapem people are an amalgamation of indigenous patriarchal, Volta-Camoe-speaking Guans and matriarchal, Kwa-speaking Akan people occupying the mountainous Akuapem Hills in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The Akuapem people are the most peaceful, respectful and humblest of all Ghanaian tribes. They are only people even when they want to insult you, they start with an apology. For example for ...

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THE ADMINISTRATIVE HIERARCHY OF THE ASANTE KINGDOM

As the Asante Kingdom grew powerful, it started with the unity plan , the objective of the founding fathers of the union . The unity idea was crowned with the descent of the Golden Stool which all of them vowed to protect and defend it . The chief of Kumase state on whose laps the Golden Stool descended thus became ...

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LET’S LOOK A BIT INTO THE ANCIENT ASHANTI EMPIRE

Ashanti was a monarchy with a bureaucracy financed through taxes. The sys¬tem of tax collection was one of apportionment among the levels of the social strata that were required to bear the tax burden. Accounting controls over funds which finally reached the coffers of the monarch involved boxes. The operations and uses of Adaka Kesie (the Big Box) and Apim ...

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IF YOU DIDN’T PLAY ANY OF THESE, YOU ARE AN Z-GENERATION BABY

The ‘rich kid’ life was one that the not so ‘rich kid’ watched and wished for. The piano lessons, ballet dance classes and swimming lessons was one every child would have enjoyed. However, the not so rich kids were not devoid of immense entertainment when it came to enjoying their childhood games. While the ‘rich kids’ were having fun with their ...

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The Akan Matriclans

A clan, with membership determined by matrilineal descent from a common ancestor. There are eight major matriclans within the akan group. Its normally determined from the mother and they call it ‘3na ade3’ which simply means heritage from the mother. Each of the matriclans has its own qualities and traits. It also has its totem, patriarch and stool occupied. Enjoy ...

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Child-naming and its impact on the Ghanaian child

Babies born in Ghana come with one permanent name depending on which day in the week the baby is born. Ashantis may decide to skip their child’s day name and choose a different day name. This often happens when they name the child after a special person, a hero/heroine, a friend or a business partner. They often adapt the full ...

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National Festival of Arts & Culture held

It was all colourful and fun at the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) as the various cultures across the country came together to mark Regional Day. At the forecourt of the State House, chiefs, queen mothers, cultural troupes and school children gathered to commemorate the week-long festival. The National Festival of Arts and Culture is an event organised ...

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