Asebu celebrates Apayemkese Festival

-As Okatakyi Amenfi Education Fund receives boost

By David Allan Paintsil

The chiefs and people of the Asebu Traditional Area in the Central Region, on Saturday celebrated their annual Apayemkese Festival in grand style, as thousands of people trooped to the traditional capital, Asebu Amantsendo, to witness the grand durbar of chiefs.

The occasion also marked the 10th Anniversary of the installation of Okatakyi Dr. Amenfi VII, Omanhen of the Asebu Traditional Area, and was marked with a display of rich traditional culture, through drumming and dancing, and firing of musketry.

A procession of chiefs and queens paraded through the principal street of the town, and finally settled at the Asebu D/A Primary Park, where a grand durbar was used to climax the weeklong festival.

Some personalities from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where Okatakyi is a Lecturer, and chiefs from other traditional areas in the Central and Ashanti regions, also joined Okatakyi to mark his 10th Anniversary.

In his address, Okatakyi Dr. Amenfi called for the establishment of a hospital in the town, adding that although the town had a CHIPS Centre, its population size called for the upgrading of the centre into a hospital.

He also called for the rejuvenation of two fruit processing factories in the town, to offer employment opportunities to the people, adding that the townsfolk would appreciate the government tarring the town’s roads for them.

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, in an address read on her behalf by Patrick Aniagyei, Presidential Aide attached to the Central Regional Coordinating Council, called on parents to take advantage of the supply of free exercise books and the capitation grant, to send their wards to school.

She presented assorted drinks, GH¢200, and schnapps to the Traditional Council towards the celebration of the festival.

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, 2008 Convention People’s Party (CPP) presidential candidate, called for peace among the people of Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) and the DCE of the area, adding that whatever affected the region affected him as a native of the Central Region.

An Education Fund dubbed “Okatakyi Amenfi Education Fund,” launched by Prof. Nsiah Gyasi of the KNUST, received a boost when Mr. Anthony Christian Dadzie, AAK Member of Parliament (MP), donated GH¢1,000 to the fund, after Mrs. Gladys Asmah, former Takoradi MP, Nana Akuffo Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, and Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom had donated GH¢500 each.

More donations were made to the fund after Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, had also donated GH¢500.

Prominent individuals and chiefs at the function also paid their dues to the Education Fund, for which the Regional Minister appealed to the managers to use the fund to the benefit of all, without partisan considerations.

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