Oguaa to showcase potential of traditional warriors …in 2012 Fetu Afahye
By: David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The Tufuhen of Cape Coast, Nana Kwame Adu, has revealed that the Traditional Council has resolved to portray the potentials of the Asafo Companies (traditional warriors) in the upcoming Fetu Afahye to tell the history of the former colonial capital.
Speaking at press briefing on Wednesday on the proposed launch of the 2012 Fetu Afahye, which is slated for 24 May, 2012, Nana Adu said the theme for the celebration was “The Asafo Company, the past, the present and the future,” as a way of exposing the role played by the Asafo companies in the attainment of self rule of the country.
The launch would be held at the Obama Hall, and called on Cape Coasters to attend the programme in their numbers.
He pointed out that this year’s festival would be special, because visitors would witness what they had not seen and heard before, concerning the local warriors, as well as some untold stories about Cape Coast.
Nana Adu told the press that it was important Ghanaians were made aware that governance started in the Cape Coast Castle until the capital was moved to Accra.
According to him, the signing of the Bond of 1844 by Fante Chiefs began the road to self rule, which resulted in Fante Chiefs refusing to mortgage Gold Coast land to the Europeans.
He added that the wise counsel of the chiefs, who were assisted by the asafo companies, prevented the country from toeing the line of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia among others whose lands are currently in the hands of whites.
Nana Adu contended that Cape Coast had lost it history, and all efforts must be made to revisit the rich history of the metropolis, citing the recent 100 years birthday celebration of John Mensah Sarbah, first Gold Coast barrister, as the springboard to re-echoing the history of the ancient city.
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