By Theodore M.K. Viwotor
The Ajumako Bisease Township is witnessing massive preparations and an inflow of visitors from across the world as the Chiefs and people gear up for the Bisease Abangye Festival that takes off from July 29 to August 5.
The people are upbeat about the festival that is expected to unite them, promote peace and stimulate development, as citizens identify and tackle the problems affecting their growth in line with the theme for this year’s festival, “Development in Unity”.
Ajumako Bisease Hene and Adontehene of Ajumako Traditional Area, Nana Okofo Kwakora-Gyan III, is calling on citizens of the area, both home and abroad, Ghanaians and tourists to come home and savor the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality and rich culture, as they mingle together in unity and love.
He is hopeful, the event would contribute to easing tension in the country ahead of the declaration of the Presidential Election Petition verdict by the Supreme Court, considering that it would help Ghanaians from the various political divide to appreciate the need to live together to continually enjoy the peace prevailing in the country.
Nana Kwakora-Gyan III, is also using the opportunity to appeal to Ghanaians to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court, disclosing that the case represents the greatest test of Ghana’s democracy and “we as a nation have a responsibility to prevent anything that has the potential of destroying all we have worked for over the years.”
The Abangye Festival is a commemoration of the protection of properties of warriors during the days of war. The warriors kept their belongings under a big tree and protected the tree with palm branches. They came back to find their items intact. The cutting of the branches also helped them count the citizens, since each person was required to participate in it. It is held yearly on the first Friday of August.
Activities for the Festival include clean-up and keep fit exercises, Asafo Akwambo cutting of palm trees, Parading of Twins, Football Gala and games, Cooking competition, a Durbar of Chiefs, Fund Raising and Crowning of Miss Abangye which takes place on August 2.
The legendary King Ayisoba, will lead an array of artistes to make the festival very lively.