When the vice president joined the chiefs and residents of Ga Mashie (British Accra) to celebrate the Homowo festival yesterday, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was astonished by what he saw.
He was truly enthralled as he saw throngs of people swarm the streets of Jamestown and the other towns to take in the festivities.
The Ga Mants, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru, the Gbese Mants, Nii Ayibontey, the Sempe Mants, Nii Adote Otintor, the Abola Mants, and the Asere Mants, Nii Nikoi Olai Amashi II, were the recipients of his courtesy calls at that time.
The boisterous crowd greeted the vice president everywhere he went with unprompted clapping and cheers.
Speaking at the Sempe Manstɛ palace, an obviously excited Bawumia “it is a beautiful festival and our Chiefs are the custodians of our tradition and this is why on behalf of the government and our party I’m here to pay homage to all the key chiefs in the Ga state.”
He encouraged the traditional leadership headed by the Sempe Mantse to keep up with the good initiatives being undertaken in the area, with a pledge to be a partner in that regard.
“Please continue to do all the things you’re doing to develop the Ga state. I want to assure you that we will be by your side to support you to continue to do the good work for the Ga state”, Dr. Bawumia pledged.
He gave the promise significance by contributing money to the Sempe Mantse’s palace’s reconstruction and by presenting a variety of drinks to the celebrations.The National Chief Imam of Ghana, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, as well as a few members of the Diplomatic Corps, attended the event.
Later, the Vice President was prayed for by the Sempe traditional priest, who asked God to grant his heart’s aspirations.The Ga people commemorate Homowo, which translates to “hooting at hunger,” in recollection of a terrible famine that struck their historical homeland in pre-colonial Ghana.
Before the rainy season begins, crops (mostly maize and yam) are planted in August as part of the event.
Making noise is either forbidden or forbidden during this time because it’s thought that it will prevent the crops from maturing.Many different ethnic groups join in the festivities even though it is a Ga traditional holiday.