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Gbese Mantse beats Odadao drums to lift ban on drumming, noisemaking in Ga States

June 16, 2023

The ban on drumming and noisemaking in the Ga States has officially come to an end. On Thursday, June 15, 2023, Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi-Bonte II, beat the Odadao twins' drums at the Gbese Palace, signalling the lifting of the ban amidst jubilation and musket fire.

The ceremony was attended by esteemed traditional leaders of the Ga states, including Metropolitan Assembly Mayor Elizabeth Sackey, Member of for Odododiodioo Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Wulomei, and Ga indigenes.

The ban, which lasted for a month, began on May 15 as part of the preparations for the Homowo festival celebrated by the Ga people.

During this period, all forms of noise-making, such as the use of loudspeakers, drums, tambourines, and roadside evangelism, were prohibited.

Following the lifting of the ban, Theophilus Wilson Adzie, the Director of Communications at the Office of the Gbese Mantse, expressed readiness for the Homowo festival.

He explained the significance of the Odadao ceremony, stating, “The Odadao signifies the beginning of the Homowo. In a few weeks from now, that will be on the 19th of August, the principal jurisdiction of this land will celebrate the Homowo festival. The Homowo festival is an activity to hoot at hunger. The Gas has passed through war, have passed through certain journeys, and they did these activities to remember their forefathers and ancestors and ask blessings from the Almighty God.”

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