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July 1, 2016 | Religion

Obaatanpa Celebrates Akomkunkunfi (Nana Asuo Gyebi Festival) In New York City

Obaatanpa Celebrates Akomkunkunfi (Nana Asuo Gyebi Festival) In New York City

A US based Akan spiritual, cultural and development organization, OBAATANPA House of Hope Intl. of New York is hosting its annual Nana Asuo Gyebi Akom festival dubbed AKOMKUNKUNFI at the Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn, on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016.

Nana Asuo Gyebi Festival is an annual Ghanaian Akan spiritual and cultural practiced in America. The festival is a celebration of life, natural living and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the deities and the ancestors. Held annually at an outdoor space and part of the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn, OBAATANPA House of Hope Intl Inc. has been organizing the festival for 27 years.

Here is what is an excerpt from one of the organization's numerous websites:

The OBAATANPA House of Hope Inc is a religious, cultural and community development organization based in New York, USA.

Its religious and spiritual subsidiary is OBAATANPA N'abosum Fie. It is headed by a trained and graduate priest of A.S.U.O, Nana Baakan Okukuranpon Yirenkyiwa. Nana Baakan Okukuranpon trained under Okomfohemaa Nana Amoaba-Botwe, the Head of Nana Asuo Akomfo shrines in Ghana and the USA and is also the head spiritualist of the AKAN SPIRITUAL UNITED ORDER (A.S.U.O).

It is created for, and is dedicated to the spiritual upliftment and cultural development of the African Family. Through the dissemination of information,the OBAATANPA contributes to the general African Family, an understanding of the traditional practices of the Akans of Ghana, West Africa."

According to Nana Baakan Okukuranpon, the festival this year is special because this is the year that the festival is being branded AKOMKUNKUNFI, a theme that reflects the elevated nature of the festival and its ultimate connection to the deities, good spirits, ancestors and healing. She says, Akom is Medicine, Akom is Health, Akom is the Truth and Akom is Ancient. Our ancestors knew Nyame (God) and that whoever does not know or have enough knowledge about Akom shoud not stand outside and condemn it. To get answers, one needs to get involved and experience it to know the truth. She says, another reason for its special nature this year is the special guest of honor, Okomfopanin Nana Adwoa Afoahh from the Nana Akonedi and Nana Asuo Gyebi headquarters Larteh-Kubease Ghana who is currently on a working tour in America.

With a motto as strong as "AKOM NIE, EDURO NIE, EFIRI TETE" literary meaning the Healing Powers, Truth and Ancient Nature of Akom being real, one cannot miss such a great festival.

Starting time is 4:00pm sharp.

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