Thousands of people joined the Odikro Nana Amoakwah II and people of Abura Eyinanbrim, in the Central Region last Saturday, in a grand durbar to climax the five days long Akwambo Festival, amid pomp and pageantry which displayed their rich cultural heritage with the theme: “Sourcing funding for key Project (Community Health Care Facility) and Initiating a Revival of Our Ancient Asafo and Ancestral Cultural Practices,”
The crowd was so huge that the Nana Amoakwah II, was overwhelmed by the turnout at the festival, which also marked the 5years Anniversary celebration of his enstoolment, as chief of Abura Eyinanbrim.
There was a brass band procession of the Odikro and Queens through the main community streets, coupled with the firing of musketry, while cultural troupes displayed rich Ghanaian traditional dances, to the amazement of visitors, who thronged the Abura Eyinanbrim Community debar grounds.
The Odikro also portrayed rich Kente clothing, with beautiful gold ornaments, which attracted the attention of some visitors as well as tourists.
The Asafo Company were superb in their display, while the originality of the Abura Eyinanbrim Brass Band was impressive, drawing a large crowd which could not help it but dance.
The Akwambo Festival was a moment of unity for both indigenes and non-indigenes in the area. Abura Eyinanbrim Akwambo Festival offered that opportunity that “Akwambo” a Fante word which literally means ‘clearing the path’ was originally aimed at keeping the surroundings clean.
All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy. Fun games was lined up to celebrate Akwambo and of course, the aged cannot be consigned to their homes during such festivities.
Crazy Jeans Float and Akwawbo Most Beautiful Pageant was also to excite the youth. The flout started from Abura Eyinanbrim to Abura Akorful. Live music was played to entertain the youth.
If the mention of communal life conjures vivid images of people gathered under the moonlight to drink in the beauty of their culture, then that was what happened during the festival.
Training Exhibition was organized for the community woman on how to make Paper Fan and decorated slapper with beats.
Speaking at the durbar, Nana Amoakwah II said Abura Eyinanbrim was founded in 1956, and the ancestors used the occasion of the Akwambo festival to clean the town, and also take stock of local issues affecting them.
He said their ancestors first lived in a place called “Abetsea Kokodo” meaning on Top of a Mountain, but they were disturbed by natural disasters like heavy storm and fires which destroyed most of their houses and rendered them homeless.
Our ancestors therefore settled down under the black Ceiba tree and called the place “Onyinabrim”. Currently, the town is called Abura Enyinabrim because in the Abura Dunkwa Kwamankese District in the Central part of Ghana.
Nana Amoakwah II thanked the Member of Parliament of the area, Elvis Morris Donkor upon donating twenty five (25) bags of Cements and a Cash to support in the construction of CHIP Compound for the community.
He also thank the festival organizers for organizing such a wonderful occasion and also he also advised the youth to refrain from causing confusion during the elections, by resisting any monetary inducement to do so.
The Member of Parliament Elvis Morris Donkor, reiterated that the people of the community should desist from polities and focus on the development of the community. He urged natives abroad to discard the perception that something untoward would happen to them should they come home for the celebration and rather come home to support in building better communities.
He also urged them to come together as one to build the community because the government is doing it best and the rest is left to the youth of the community.
The Abura Eyinanbrim Akwambo festival is celebrated mostly during March or April (Easter) before that time, there is a ban on noise-making and burying of the dead, until the climax of the festival.
Libation is poured at the “Nana Afua Bruku and Nana Opeaboa Shrines” they believed to be female and male respectively, and they are always protecting the township from oncoming dangers.