The Chiefs and people of Akuapem-Mamfe in the Eastern Region celebrated this year's Ohum Festival with a colorful durbar, featuring the re-enactment of the ancient tradition known as “Asafosa.”
During the tradition, chiefs, divisional chiefs, and dignitaries came together to drink palm wine from a single traditional pot, symbolizing unity and goodwill.
The ritual, held as part of the Ohum Festival activities, saw chiefs, clan heads, queens, and dignitaries each bringing pots of fresh palm wine, which were poured into a giant communal pot, followed by a libation.
Osabarima Ansah Sasraku, the Chief of Mamfe and Akuapem Kyidomhene, initiated the ceremony by drinking the palm wine, signifying harmony among the chiefs and people.
“Asafosa” is a 500-year-old tradition that was re-enacted a decade ago and repeated during this year's festival. The celebration brought together divisional chiefs from Akuapem, representatives from other paramountcies, politicians, and indigenes.
Osabarima Ansah Sasraku emphasized that the tradition symbolizes unity and togetherness, essential for community development.
He also highlighted the Traditional Council's commitment to education, stating, “Education is the bedrock of development.” The council has invested in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to ensure comprehensive development in the area.
Expressing gratitude to supporters, Osabarima Ansah Sasraku thanked Mr. Sammy Awuku, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Lotteries Authority, for supporting educational infrastructure.
MTN and other partners were also acknowledged for their contributions to improving education standards in the region.
Among those who brought pots of palm wine to support the festival were Mr. Sammy Awuku, Nana Adwoa Awindor, Mr. Antwi Boasiako, and Mrs. Ivy Owusu, the Regional Director of Education on behalf of the Education Minister.