Denkyira launches grand Odwira Festival

By David Allan Paintsil

The chiefs of the Denkyira Traditional Area in the Central Region, on Friday launched a grand celebration of the Odwira Festival, which is celebrated by the chiefs and people of Denkyira.

The festival will commence from November 28 to December 12 this year, and it is expected to be marked in grand style, as well as used to correct some parts of the history of the country, Nana Ama Ayensua Saara III, Queen of Denkyira, stated at a media launch at Jukwa, the traditional capital of Denkyira, where the Great Beads Stool, the embodiment of the Denkyira State, resides.

Addressing the media, she said the Odwira of Denkyira was unique in the sense that it was purely a religious activity, and not just a cultural event, because the festival is celebrated on the instructions of the gods of the land, who either give the go ahead or otherwise, for the celebration of the festival.

Nana Saara said since the original motive of the Denkyira Odwira was to appreciate and purify the Great Beads Stool, and other gods of the area, the day of celebration was made to coincide with the day the stool was supposed to have descended from heaven. That is on the eighth or ninth Addae of the year that always falls around November or December.

She said the festival was being celebrated on the theme, “Enhancing Quality Education through Odwira Festival,” where quiz competitions will be organised among the basic schools, as well as within the only second cycle school in the area – Jukwa Secondary School.

Giving a brief history of the Denkyira Kingdom, Nana Saara disclosed that Denkyira ruled the entire southern parts of Ghana, then Gold Coast, for 400 years before the rise of Ashanti Kingdom, which was under Denkyira, and at one point in the history, the early European explorers visited King Boampensem I at his palace, and first saw gold there, and named him King of Gold.

She also added that Nana Kojo Tsibu I, Denkyira King, was the only king among the six Central Region chiefs who signed the Bond of 1844 in Cape Coast, explaining that the history of the Denkyiras had for far too long been written by people who misrepresented facts.

Nana Saara said the celebrations would commence from Jukwa to Dunkwa-On-Offin, the administrative capital of the area.

Pix: Nana Saara (middle) addressing the media at Jukwa on last Friday

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