Osu launches 2017 Homowo Festival
The Osu Traditional Council has launched the 2017 Homowo Festival which focuses on the establishment of the Osu Tourism Management Committee to improve on the tourism potential of the area to create jobs for the indigenes.
The Homowo Festival, which means hooting at hunger, is celebrated by the Ga-Dangmes in Greater Accra and characterised by the sprinkling of the traditional food ‘Kpokpoi’ to convey their gratitude to the gods blessings.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Our Youth, Our Future’, the Paramount Chief of the Osu Traditional Area, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, appealed to the public for support in celebrating this year’s festival.
He said youth education is of priority to the Council hence their collaboration with various institutions to professionally train young people in various skills.
The President of the Greater Accra regional House of Chiefs is, therefore, urging the youth to embrace the opportunity.
He made these comments at a news conference at the Osu Palace on Tuesday, August 2.
This year’s Homowo is on the theme: “Tourism, a key Component in Community Development,” aimed at creating diversity in the celebration to expose the tourism potentials of the area to both locals and foreigners.
The one-month festival includes a Homowo lecture, health walk and screening; and clean-up exercises. It would be crowned on September 4 with a church service at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
The chief said the Council has put up some infrastructure to augment government’s efforts at developing and attracting tourists to the area.
Nii Kinka Dowuona VI said Osu has a lot to showcase as the principal town in the country due to its geographical location.
“Osu is also blessed to have the Seat of Government on our land, State House, Parliament House, Banquette Hall, Christiansburg Castle, Accra International Conference Centre and the Accra Sports Stadium among others and we must take advantage of the exposures these edifices bring to develop the area,” he added.
Nii Kinka Dowuona VI, therefore, appealed to companies working in the area to support the Council in its endeavour to enhance the living conditions of the people.
He called on the residents to work in unity and ensure that peace prevailed for a successful celebration of this year’s Homowo Festival.