Odambea is a major festival for chiefs and people of Nkusukum Traditional Area of the Central Region. This year’s Odambea festival was sponsored by MTN and dubbed MTN Odambea 2013; it was a celebration of culture and music.
The festival attracted a large number of personalities and people from all walks of life including government officials, prominent citizens of Nkusukum traditional area and a host of Ghanaian showbiz personalities.
MTN added to the glamour of the festival by supporting with the organisation of a grand durbar of chiefs and people at Victoria Park. The highlight of the grand durbar was the procession of the chiefs and Asafo Companies/Fetish along the principal streets amidst drumming and dancing. There was cultural display and the Chiefs were riding in palanquins and receiving greetings from the sub chiefs and the celebrants.
There was also a health walk and screening for interested participants. In addition, there was football gala between eight towns which form the Nkusukum traditional area for a coveted trophy. The final of the football gala was between Saltpond Youth and Eguase Youth at the end of the 90 minutes Saltpond Youth emerged as winners of football gala.
MTN further added to the excitement of the celebration by providing a line-up of fun, exciting and entertainment packed activities which included a musical concert at the Millers Square at Saltpond dubbed ‘MTN Street Jam’ which attracted the largest crowd in the history of the Odambea festival. The artist on the bill thrilled patrons with their various hit songs which kept fans on the dance floor all night long. Artistes who performed at the MTN Street Jam included D-Cryme, Stay Jay, Stonebwoy, Keche, NhyirabaKojo and Yaa Pono.
Before the festival celebration, MTN had made a donation to the Nkusukum Traditional Council to support its activities. MTN presented items comprising a cheque of GH¢3,000.00, MTN recharge vouchers worth GH¢500.00 cedis, a drinks hamper and MTN souvenirs. The items were received by the Acting President of the Nkusukum Traditional Council, Nana Kwesi Brebo III.
Mr. Abubakari Mohammed, South West Business District Senior Manager of MTN, in his presentation congratulated the Omanhene, the chiefs, elders and all the people of Nkusukum for their efforts at sustaining the culture and heritage of the people of the traditional area for future generations. He also expressed his excitement about the relationship that has just started between the Nkusukum people and MTN.
In his speech, Mr Abubakari emphasised that MTN continues to give back to communities through CSR and commercial promotions and enumerated some CSR activities that have been undertaken in the central region including the construction of a 6-unit classroom block and a 20-Seater ICT centre, The Ankaful Prisons ICT centre, Re-roofing of the UCC Library and the provision of a children’s ward for the Twifo Praso Government Hospital amongst others
In his response, Nana Kwesi Brebo III the Acting President of the Nkusukum Traditional Council thanked MTN for the kind gesture and was hopeful that, the support would go a long way to support them as they prepare for the festival. He also expressed confidence that the relation between MTN and the Odambea festival will deepen in the coming years.