Chiefs and people of the Have Traditional area of the Afadzato South District in the Volta Region, will tomorrow Saturday, June 14, 2014, hold a grand durbar to climax their annual Agadevi festival.
The event, which has been held over the past 80 years is celebrated as a symbol of thanksgiving in remembrance of a horrifying landslide experienced in the traditional area.
The theme for this year’s celebration according to a letter signed by Mawuena K.M Agbenoto on behalf of Togbega Asemtsra IX, Paramount Chief of Have Traditional Area is “AGAVIDE@80: Our Citizenship and Development, A Shared Responsibility”.
The festival, over the years has been set aside to raise funds for the development of the community.
The programme of activities for this year’s celebration includes, a cleanup exercise, excursion by school pupils, fundraising, public forum, quiz competitions, candle light procession, games, customary rights and significance, Borborbor evening and bonfire and a host of other interesting activities that will bring back nostalgic moment to the people.
The people of the area, trace a very horrifying moment in their existence on June 15, 1933, where according to their history, an unusual torrential rain in the night forced a fraction of the mountain to collapse causing a permanent change in the landform of the town.
Miraculously, the people reveal the debris from the landslide, did not cause any havoc to life, neither did it destroy properties, even though there were people caught up in the process.
For the people of Have, this narrow escape from total annihilation, could only be the manifestation of God’s grace upon the town and its people.
“AGADEVI”, which means “the mountain broke into fragments”, is the consensus term used by the people of Have to describe this wonderful, and yet, frightful phenomenon.
The festival, has over the years been celebrated in thanksgiving to the Almighty God and to honour Him for His saving grace, deliverance and protection from an imminent extinction.
In recent past, the festival has not only become a rallying and unifying occasion for the people of Have, but also a channel for development.
The Community, had in 2008 launched a self-help initiative to construct an ultra-modern Community Library/Town Hall Complex.
The objective of that initiative was to raise the level of education, facilitate local governance and in general improve on the quality of life for the people.
This year’s celebration is aimed at mobilizing the resources necessary for the early completion of the said project.
Aside the many prominent members of the area both home and abroad who will be showing up tomorrow to share in the joy, other dignitaries have also been invited.