Located in Bantama, popularly known among the dwellers of Kumasi as “Gee” is the Okomfo Anokye Sword Site. The term Okomfo is a twi terminology meaning the ‘traditional priest,’ who has been the greatest priest in the Ashanti tradition. The legendry traditional or fetish priest, Okomfo Anokye, is accredited to be the man who conjured from the skies, the much revered Golden stool of the Asante, which is said to have happened on a Friday. 

The Stool is supposed to “contain” the soul of the Asante nation. Okomfo Anokye was a very close confidante of the Asante monarch, King Osei Tutu. Historical accounts have it that Okomfo Anokye one day “planted” a sword in the ground, and told those present at the event that the day the sword would be uprooted, the Asante Kingdom would collapse. Numerous people over the years have tried to uproot the sword but all in vain. What a mighty legacy and magic left!

December 2016 - Columnist: James Kofi Annan at Ghanaweb - You recall that Simpa Panyin previously told you that Winneba is a town of festivals? The biggest festival in Ghana has been known to be the Aboakyer festival. Aboakyer is celebrated every first Saturday of May. That is a traditional festival connected to the roots and ancestry of the people of Simpa (Winneba).

Since 2010, the SABOLAI RADIO Music Festival has drawn acclaim for consistently putting the best and brightest artists on blast.

The festival features an energetic combination of internationally renowned headline artists and emerging music makers. 

The regional music celebration is church for Accra’s alternative music heads and grows high capacity crowds with each year.

The 2016 LineUp

From December 21 – 23rd, SABOLAI RADIO sets off with THE LABS – a series of film screenings, workshops and panels on music licensing, network development and resource mobilization methods for artists at the ACCRA [dot] ALT Radio Space in James Town (Brazil House, 2-9pm).

The chiefs and people of Awudome Traditional Area in the Ho West District have showcased the rich culture and cherished values of the people at their annual yam festival celebration at Awudome-Tsito, where they also reaffirmed the unity and peace that has existed over the years.

The National Theatre, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has launched the maiden Ghana Theatre Festival in Accra.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has said that as part of its mandate to promote national development through the promotion of culture, the ministry will collaborate with traditional authorities to rebrand their festivals in line with the current global needs.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has urged traditional authorities to rebrand their festivals to reflect the development needs of the country.
She said culture ought to serve as a fertile platform to enhance national cohesion and to draw investors from both the local and foreign arena to boost the local economy.

Madam Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, on Saturday launched the 2016 Asogli Yam Festival with a call on the Asogli State to give the festival a global outlook.

The Aboakyer Festival is celebrated by the people of Effutu-Winneba in the Central region of Ghana
This year’s Aboakyer Festival, to be held from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8 is expected to draw huge crowds to Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana.
Aboakyer, an annual Festival celebrated by the people of Effutu in Winneba is an occasion to commemorate the migration of ‘Simpafo’; the traditional name given to the people of Winneba.

Source: ultimate1069. com - As part of the Easter festivities, 15 Pilots from Europe, Australia and Asia have arrived in Ghana for the paragliding activity at Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

It is estimated that over 5000 to 10,000 revellers including foreign nationals will converge at Odweanoma mountains for the paragliding activity.


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