Each Traditional Area of Ghana is identified with a special cultural festival which distinguishes her people from the other areas. The Asafotufiami festival of the people of the Ada Traditional Area in the Ada East and Ada West Districts of the Greater Accra Region is a rich cultural heritage celebrated annually around the first week of August. It is mainly in remembrance of the invaluable achievements of the Founding Fathers and Ancestors, especially in the many wars of survival and development of Ada. The Dangme expression of Asafotufiami simply means company or Divisional.
In view of this, the Ada East District Chief Executive, Dugbakie Pobee has assured the people of Ada and Ghana at large of her resolve to tap into the tourism potentials in the area to make it the most preferred tourist destination in Ghana. Making her remarks at the launch of this year’s Asafotufiami Festival of the Chiefs and people of the Ada Traditional Area, she said, situated at the estuary with 36 islands, Ada is a tourism hub in Ghana which rock shoulders with other Island resourced states in the world and must be harnessed to the overall benefit of Ghana.
Miss Pobee noted that, the Assembly together with its development partners is working assiduously to explore these Islands and make Ada to look like Florida in the United States of America. ” With these islands, Ada looks just like Florida, we are therefore working assiduously to make Ada a Florida in Ghana” she stressed.
The Ada East DCE who is the head of DISEC assured visitors of maximum security during the festivities. She lauded the significance of the festival and entreated all indigenes of Ada to uphold it.
The Member of Parliament for Sege, Christian Korletey Otuteye for his part enjoined indigenes of Ada to value and exhibit their culture and tradition, without which outsiders will not respect them as a people. Mr. Otuteye implored the young people to close up with the elders and learn their culture and tradition to avert their extinction.
The Paramount Queen for the Ada Traditional Area, Naana Dagodzo Domale l sought the occasion to advise revelers who do not know how to swim not to attempt to bath in the Volta Lake to make for an incident free celebration.
The one-week celebration will commence on August 1, 2019 with a massive clean up exercise across the traditional area and be climaxed with traditional drumming and dancing on 8th August, 2019.
The First Lady, Rebecca Akufo Addo is the Guest of Honour of the 2019 Asafotufiami Festival of the Chiefs and people of the Ada Traditional Area which is on the theme: “Theme: Local Resources Mobilisation towards Development and Growth of Ada Traditional Area.
Source: westafrica24.com/Paul Mamattah