The President of Groupe Ideal, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani has called on chiefs, traditional leaders and people of Ada to be united and champion the development of the area.
Dr. Kotei Dzani said Ada must be made the preferred tourist destination in Ghana but that can only happen when there is unity among the people.
The renowned native of Ada made the call Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra during the launch of the 80th anniversary of the Asafotufiami, an annual traditional festival celebrated by the people of Ada, in the Greater Accra Region.
This year’s festival which starts on August 3 and ends on August 10, is under the theme, “Peace and Unity as a tool for socio-economic transformation for Ada Traditional Area”.
The week-long celebrations will be dedicated to two key projects, namely, a palace for the paramountcy and the construction of a health facility.
Nii Kotei Dzani donated GHS300,000 to support the construction of palace for the paramountcy.
The celebrated entrepreneur and member of the Council of State also pledged his support for a successful festival.
Asafotufiam” is an annual warriors’ festival celebrated by the people of Ada, in the Greater Accra Region from the last Thursday of July to the first weekend of August. It commemorates the victories of the warriors in battle and those who fell on the battlefield.
To re-enact these historic events, the “warriors” dress in traditional battle dress and stage a mock battle. This is also a time when the young men are introduced to warfare.
The festival also ushers in the harvest cycle, before this special customs and ceremonies are performed. These include purification ceremonies. The celebration reaches its climax in a durbar of chiefs, a colouful procession of the Chiefs in palanquins with their retinue.
They are accompanied by traditional military groups called “Asafo” Companies amidst drumming, singing and dancing through the streets and onto the durbar grounds.
At the durbar, greetings are exchanged between the chiefs, and declarations of allegiance are made.