Akuapem Lifts Ban On Noise-Making For Odwira Festival 

The chief linguist performing traditional rites to lift the ban 

The chiefs, queenmothers and people of Akuapem Adontenman Traditional Area in the Eastern Region have performed their annual traditional rites leading to the lifting of the 40 days ban on noise-making in the area.

The ban, which was imposed in September this year, was on drumming, holding of funerals and other outdoor public activities likely to create noise or disturb the peace of their ancestors.

Addressing a well-attended Awukudae Festival held at the Ankaase Palace at Aburi on Wednesday, the chief of Aburi, Otoobour Djan Kwasi II, explained that the lifting of the ban signifies the ushering in of the New Year of the traditional calendar which begins in two weeks’ time with the celebration of their annual Odwira Festival scheduled for November 3 to 12, 2018.

The Aburihene, who also doubles as Adontenhene of Akuapem Traditional Area, further indicated that by the arrangement, the annual Odwira Festival will include a colourful durbar of chiefs and people at the Aburi Botanical Gardens on November 10, 2018.

According to him, the festival also marks his 30th anniversary as Aburihene and Akuapem Adontenhene.

He added that a ground-breaking exercise for the commencement of a four-storey facility will begin shortly after the festival.

He debunked claims that the celebration of traditional rites and cultural performances is a pagan practice, hinting that it is a way of life which builds up every community’s identity as a people.

“I wonder how people will turn round see such observances as pagan or alien practices but embrace some other strange cultures as if that is the best,” he pointed out.

The Adontenhene, who spoke on a number of social issues, cautioned other chiefs to desist from engaging in partisan activities, adding that they spark off public agitations and chaos.

“Chiefs are the custodians of the people’s traditions, this fact must never be forgotten as well as upheld; we should leave politicians to do their own things while politicians do theirs in their arena,” he stated.

By Solomon Ofori