The Sempe Muslim Akwashongtse, Nii Adote Odaawulu I has represented the Sempe Mantse Nii Odote Otintor II at the final rituals to run off the ban on drumming and noise making within Ga Mashie area.
The lifting of the ban has opened the way for people within the towns and villages under Gbese, Sempe, Asere, Otublohum, Akamadzen, Abola and Ngleshie Alata to now use musical instruments, clap and play loud music during their social and religious activities.
The traditional ritual which forms part of preparations towards the annual Homowo festival of the Ga Mashie people attracted a number of dignitaries, indigenes and tourists.
In an interview with the Sempe Muslim Akwashongtse revealed that this year’s rituals and other activities on the ban lifting had been so peaceful and well organized compared to the previous years.
He said the rituals has showcased the beauty of Ga Mashie tradition and culture adding that more efforts will be put in place to ensure a very peaceful and successful Homowo which is slated for August this year.
Nii Odote Odaawulu I used the occasion to call on the people of Ga Mashie not to meddle in issues that will bring division within families. He said they should rather focus on issues and activities that will bring unity and development to their communities.
He advised the youth not to be drawn into chieftaincy disputes and should rather channel their activities and ideas on productive things that will bring money into their pockets to enable them feed their families.
He added that the youth need to unite and partner each other in order to become successful in their businesses. He urged them not to allow any negative attitude and machinations divide them.
According to him drug and alcohol abuse among the youth is becoming the most troubling problems in the Ga areas which may have serious social consequences if care is not taken.
He therefore called on his fellow Chiefs to come out with solutions in dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse in the Ga Mashie area adding that the youth need to be equipped with basic skills and knowledge on how to use their energy and time for productive activities.
He extended felicitations to Wulomei, Woyee and all who made this year Odadaa very successful.
He prayed for a successful year and fruitfulness in their endeavors
Source: Muhammed Faisal Mustapha