VEEP Amissah Arthur at Ngmayem Festival, Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region
VEEP Amissah Arthur at Ngmayem Festival, Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region

The festival is a harvest celebration of the people observed in October.

VEEP Amissah Arthur at Ngmayem Festival, Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region
VEEP Amissah Arthur at Ngmayem Festival, Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region
It has been held annually since 1944 to foster unity and provide the youth an opportunity to learn their culture, but it commemorates the end of a famine that occurred hundreds of years ago.

The festival derives its name from the historic importance of ngma or millet, to the survival of the ethnic group, though that grain now is cultivated mainly for ritual purposes.

The Odumase-Krobo locale basks in traditional cultures, several historic relics as well as landscapes that are both beautiful and dramatic.

The durbar climaxed activities marking the celebration of the festival which is one of the most cherished festivals of huge tourist attraction in Ghana.

The rich culture and tradition of the people were on display at the festival which also attracted tourists from other parts of the world.

At the durbar, clan members meet to discuss with the government and administration of the area and to hear update on development projects and issues affecting the people.

The Paramount Chief, Nene Sackitey II addressed the teeming gathering about the state of development projects in the area and issues that needed swift interventions from the government.

He thanked the government for the numerous development projects being undertaken in the area and urged the people to support government’s efforts at bring developments closer them.

Ghana’s Vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on behalf of the government pledged to strengthen collaboration with the traditional rulers for the progress of the people

He asked the people to provide peaceful atmosphere for developments to take place.

“Disputes and differences among key stakeholders slow the progress and we want to make fast progress,” he told the gathering.

Some residents took advantage of the celebration to do business by selling favorite traditional handmade beads to some tourists. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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