From David Allan Paintsil, Jukwa
The chiefs and people of the Denkyira traditional area in the Central Region on Saturday celebrated their unique Odwira Festival at Jukwa, the traditional capital of the Denkyira State.
Thousands of people from all walks of life took part in the celebrations.
The chiefs were seen in rich traditional regalia, amid the firing of musketry, with displays of traditional drumming and dancing.
The youth had the opportunity to set eyes upon Odeefuo Boamponsem III, King of Denkyira, who came out to greet his people.
The King is not seen on ordinary occasions, and that alone, made him feared among his subjects and entire residents in the area.
Speaking on behalf of Odeefuo Boampensem, Nana Ama Ayensua Saara III, Denkyira Queen, said the traditional council was poised to establish the Denkyira Historical Museum at Jukwa, to attract tourists as a way of propagating the history of the Denkyira State.
According him, the Museum would be located close to the Kakum National Park, where tourists who patronis the park would have an opportunity to study the history of Denkyira.
Odeefuo Boamponsem said his council would forge a partnership with the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District Assembly, the management of the Kakum National Park, and all stakeholders to make the project a reality.
Turning his attention to education, Odeefuo Boamponsem said the only second cycle school at Jukwa needed dormitories, and called on the government to provide them with the necessary infrastructure, to enable them accommodate more students.
The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, said the government would provide dormitories for the school after completion, to help admit more students.
She also urged the youth to venture into fish farming and other farming activities, rather than going around looking for non-existing jobs.
She presented GH¢2,000 and assorted drinks to aid the celebration of the festival.
Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, a former Minister of State, led a team of New Patriotic Party (NPP) members of parliament (MPs) to the durbar, and made a donation of GH¢500, and assorted drinks to the traditional council.
Pix: Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe (back to camera), exchanging greetings with Odeefuo Boamponsem III