President’s office donates to Homowo, Wednesday August, 4, 2010, pg 29

THE Office of the President has donated a bag of maize, crates of assorted drinks, gallons of palm oil and cash totalling GH¢ 5,000 to the Lante Dzan We, one of the Royal Houses in Ga-Mashie, towards the celebration of the Howomo festival.

The Lante Dzan We family usually begins the festival ahead of the grand Homowo festival either late July or early August every year as demanded by the Ga tradition.

 According to the Ga custom, the Lante Dzan We is the custodian of the Homowo calendar.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, A Special Aide to the President who presented the items on behalf of  President John Evans Atta Mills, said the President recognised the importance of the Lante Dzan We celebrating the festival ahead of the other areas, hence the donation.

He said the Homowo was a period to celebrate life, adding that similar donations would be made to the other  royal houses in Ga-Mashie.

Agbafoiaste Lankai who received the items on behalf of the Dantu Wulomo expressed appreciation to the President for the kind gesture.

He prayed for unity and prosperity for the nation and also for the good health of the President and all Ghanaians.

Present at the presentation ceremony were the Odododiodio Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Daniel Okine and Mrs Cynthia Mettle Nunoo who represented the Regional Minister.

Homowo, which means ‘hooting at hunger,’ recounts the migration of the Gas and reveals their agricultural success in their new settlement.

 According to Ga oral tradition, a severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra. They were inspired by the famine to embark on massive food production exercises which eventually yielded them bumper harvest.

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