The Unity Borborbor Group at Avexa, a farming community in the Ho West District of the Volta Region was adjudged the best performing group in this year’s Centre for National Culture’s (CNC) Borborbor competition held at Awuiasu in the district.
They beat the other six groups to be crowned champions and were given a trophy, certificate, and a cash prize while the rest of the groups from second to seventh positions received a certificate and a cash prize.
Kekeli Borborbor group from Kpoeta and Agbe Yeye Borborbor group from Amedzofe garnered the second and third positions respectively while Ayape Borborbor group from Biakpa had the fourth.
The fifth position went to the Dunenyo Borborbor group from Ashianti while the Lorlornyo Zibo group from Awuiasu and Power Youth Borborbor group from Biakpa secured the sixth and seventh positions respectively.
The event was full of excitement as performers twirled two handkerchiefs in a uniform gesticulation with a great demonstration of prowess of waist power to entertain the audience.
Mrs. Bernice Deh-Kumah, Volta Regional Director of the Centre said Borborbor music when properly developed could serve as an income generation avenue for the groups and the communities.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Borborbor; an exportable cultural asset for wealth creation’ she said the dance could be made more attractive and exported to other countries to create wealth.
Mrs. Deh-Kumah urged the groups to form a committee that would spearhead their affairs and to give them a strong voice to promote the dance.
Mr. Ernest Victor Apau, Ho West District Chief Executive commended the groups for sterling performance and high display of skills and pledged to offer them the needed support to maintain the heritage.
He said happiness was therapy, and that borbor music was a kind that could be enjoyed by both old and young people to keep them healthy and productive.
Mr. Apau urged members of the various groups to register for the Ghana card and be prepared to take advantage of any opportunity that might come their way.
Ms. Beatrice Gah, Ho West District Director, CNC, underscored the need for the country’s rich tradition and cultures to be developed and showcased to the rest of the world.