The Paramount Chief of the Akuapem traditional area (Okuapeman), His Majesty Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo III will sit in state on September 28, 2023 to mark the 2023 Akuapem Odwira.
This would be after a tree planting and clean-up exercise is done on Saturday, September 23, 2023 as part of the social activities to mark this year’s Akuapem Odwira festival.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Eco-Tourism for Sustainable Development’.
The festival, which commenced on August 12 2023 will last till October 7, 2023.
As part of the social activities to celebrate this year’s Akuapem Odwira, there will be a Heritage Art Display from September 25th to 26th.
A food festival will follow on Thursday, September 28, then the Man Ghana and Odwira Concert will take place on Friday, 29th September 2023.
Other social activities include a health screening and walk, fontomfrom competition, NLA live draw, Thanksgiving service, Okuapehene soccer gala, Okuapehene invitational golf tournament, path clearing, outdooring of new yam and ushering in Odwira.
There will also be a number of traditional activities to mark the festival.
The Akuapem Odwira Festival is celebrated by the people of Akropong-Akuapim, Aburi, Larteh, Kitase, and Mamfe in the Eastern Region.
This festival is celebrated in most Akwapim towns during the months of September and October.
Odwira, as a festival of the Akan people, is meant to be a celebration of communal identity.
The festival originated centuries ago, as a time for people to assemble and celebrate after the yam harvest, this led it to be inaccurately called the Yam Festival by the uninformed.
The festival is expected to draw thousands of indigenes, Government Officials, Politicians, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends from the Diaspora and many Ghanaians at large to the Akuapem Ridge to celebrate their rich culture which would be interspersed with multiple events.
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