The Nkusukum Traditional council in the Mfantseman Municipality is set to host the year’s Odambea festival in Yamoransa, the native community of the council.
The week long festival will be celebrated by about 22 communities and villages of Nkusukum from Sunday August 22 to Sunday 28 this year.
The festival mostly celebrated in Saltpond will this year move to the originated community Yamoransa because its the head of the Nkusukum.
The festival, like other popular festivals in the country is celebrated every last week in August during the beginning of food harvesting to symbolize hooting of hunger and acknowledge the achievements of the ancestors.
The Odambea was derived from the role the ‘ridge’ they (Nkusukum) played in the migration and it likened to the long beam that joins one end of a roof to the other to end to make roofing possible Odan-Mbae.
The festival is characterized with propitiation rites by the chiefs led by the Omanhen in six communities namely, Biriwa, Akatakyiwa, Woraba, Duadze, Kuntu, and Abenum.
A cow will be paraded through principal street of the communities before the final rites followed with a grand durbar.
Briefing the media at a short engagement, Nana Beenyi III, the Acting President of the Council said the festival was celebrated in Saltpond due to some long chieftaincy issues concerning the rightful person for the Nkusukum Obaatan.
“Yamoransa is the head of Nkusukum, therefore we are celebrating this years Afahye here, it’s been awhile we celebrated the festival here due to some chieftaincy issue” he lamented.
On challenges confronting the Municipality, Beenyi III called on the government to as a matter of urgency rescue market women of Mankessim from wee smokers, robbers among others who attack them daily for their monies during the night
He said the market had been known for various notorious crimes which tend to destroy the image of the Council therefore needed tight security and forces to stop the act.
Beenyi III called on parent to be responsible and take for responsibility of their children to end high rate teenage pregnancy in the municipality.
Therefore advising the populace to be extra careful with their movement and support the See Something Say Something initiative launched by the National Security to ensure safety of all
The Acting President urged chiefs to desist from settling sexual abuse cases such as defilement, rape among others but set example by helping victims get justice to help reduce the canker.
He appealed to the people of Nkusukum to be focused and participate fully in the upcoming festival for the betterment of all.