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21.11.2005 Regional News

Anloga prepare to receive Asantehene

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Kumasi, Nov 21, GNA - Residents of Anloga, a suburb of Kumasi, dominated by people from the Volta region, have expressed their joy at the news that Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene would attend their traditional 'Amu Za' festival scheduled for December 10.

The 'Amu Za' festival is marked annually by Voltarians resident in the Ashanti region during which they come together to share experiences and to rekindle their cultural identity.

To demonstrate their joy, the Voltarian Co-ordinating Council (VCC), which is responsible for organizing the festival, and individual residents of the area have started feverish preparation towards receiving the Asantehene.

A survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Anloga in Kumasi on Thursday on impressions of the residents about the festival, and particularly the visit of the Asantehene, showed that a greater percentage of the residents were enthused and were preparing feverishly for the day.

Speaking to the GNA, Torgbui Atsu Gledzah II, a traditional ruler, described the Asantehene's acceptance to visit Anloga as historic and significant.

On his part, Mr. Francis Ativor, a carpenter at Anloga, commended the VCC for inviting the Asantehene, saying, apart from the fact that he was the landlord of Asanteman, "his visit would also afford many of us the opportunity to come face to face with him for the first time". Miss Ophelia Kuzerli, a staff of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) resident at Anloga, said in order to make the Asantehene's visit memorable, groups including the VCC had outlined programmes involving traditional dancing and poetry to be put on display that day.

Among the personalities to grace the festival are Mr Justice Ernest Yao Obimpeh, Circuit Court Judge in Kumasi and Torgbui Amenya Feti II, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area.

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