Posted by Amina Sammo on May 03, 2019

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
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In the spirit of Rotary which binds us together to serve above self for the betterment of humanity and the world, let us share the Rotary Four Way Test of the Things we think, say or do; for which in District 5240 (D5240), a fifth has been added:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concern?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concern?
  5. Is it FUN?
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Ghanaian Festivals and Dates of Their Celebration
In the last week of April, permit me to showcase something Ghanaian. The mention of festivals brings the Caribbean and South American countries to mind.  Africa as a whole can also boast of several festivals which might not be at the levels of the Caribbean and South American regions. Historically, festivals used to be an important facet of African culture. 
Ghana is one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent with a robust plethora of vibrant and colorful festivals. Such festivals form an intrinsic part of the Ghanaian culture and are celebrated periodically in the various parts of the country as part of the heritage of the indigenes of the various people of Ghana. Communities would hold various ceremonies and festivals to commemorate events and to celebrate their heritage. Ghana is a nation that has many festivals. These festivals are celebrated in various parts of the nation and commemorate the rich heritage of the Ghanaian peoples among other things. Here is a list of the top 10 Ghanaian festivals and dates of their celebration.
  1. Akwasidae (Durbar of chiefs and the people wearing colorful clothing and putting on best traditional regalia. The festival is characterized by dance and drumming, firing musketry, funfair and merry making) – Celebrated every Six weeks by the Akans
  2. Dipo (A rite conducted during puberty to transition girls into womanhood) – February
  3. Kente (Commemorates the origin of the Kente cloth over 3 centuries ago) - July/August
  4. Panafest (A festival celebrating African slaves and arts) - August
  5. Asafotu-fiam / Hogbetsotso (celebrates warriors’ victories in past battles and the commemoration of migration from tyranny by the Ewes) - July/August/November
  6. Yaa Asantewa (Festival paying homage to the war heroine and the people that were exiled to Seychelles with her) – August
  7. Fetu Afahye (Harvest in commemoration of their first contact with the whites) - September
  8. Akwambo (Festival commemorating the migration of ancestors into that region) – August
  9. Bakatue (An annual fish harvesting festival) - 1st Tuesday of July
  10. Homowo / Odwira (Harvesting and thanksgiving) - August or September
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II in a full regalia at a festival – Nana Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene, traditional ruler of the Kingdom of Ashanti in Ghana since 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
Adowa Dancers at one of the festivals in Ghana. The Adowa Dance is the most royal of all dances by the Akans and is characterized by colorful Kente cloths and traditional jewelry made of beads and gold nuggets
Next week we will come up with an even more interesting program, let us all endeavor to attend and register for our meeting.
Let’s all continue to BE THE INSPIRATION!!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Amina Sammo
President 2018/2019
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