By Gifty Arthur
The Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV, chiefs, elders of Asogli State and the Festival Planning Committee, will tomorrow launch the 2016 Asogli State Yam Festival in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.
The event, which will be graced by Mamaa Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, will take place inside the plush Stevens Hotel in Ho, and will be chaired by Togbe Kotoku XI; Paramount Chief of Kpenoe Traditional Area.
Last year’s event, was described as the biggest in the history of the festival, and the organizers tell The Herald that, this year’s will even be greater.
The celebrations will starts with a Festival float through the principal streets of Ho, tomorrow, to be followed by a Memorial Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral also in Ho on Sunday.
From Monday, August 22, there will be a clean-up exercise at Ho city and cemeteries at 5:30 am, which will be done in turns.
It will be followed by Moslem prayers at the Central Mosque on Friday, 26 August 2016. The following day, there will be a health walk, exploring of the Galenkui Mountain, which will be climaxed with an exercise at Akoefe.
That same Saturday, there will be a blue street carnival, which will end with a bonfire and fireworks at Start Palace Forecourt at Ho City.
On Sunday, August 28, 2016, organizers will hold the Asogli State Yam Festival (ASYF) 2016 lecture at the Ola Senior High School (SHS).
Other activities, will follow the Sunday event, until Friday 2 -4 Sunday, when a pilgrimage will be organized to Notse in Togo.
On that same Sunday, there will be “Vovlowo fe Nkeke” (All Souls Day) at the Palace Forecourt then on Thursday, Nubablia, purification rites will be held.
At the RTC Compound on Friday September 9, 2016, there will be the hailing of new yam and also a street jam with Kuul FM in the evening.
Those who will participate in this year’s event, will have the chance to attend a mini trade fair, an exhibition by the municipal and district assemblies in the region, while on Thursday, September 15, there will be “Women Day Celebration which will bring together women, including queenmothers from all walks of life.
On Friday, September 16, the Agbogbomefia, will Sit in State at the Palace Forecourt then on Saturday, for a State Grand Durbar at the Ho Jubilee Park, which will be followed with a State Dinner Dance in the evening.
On Sunday, there will be a Thanksgiving Service in the morning and then a Gospel Rock Show in the evening to end the entire celebration for this year.