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Welcome to Ada Okor Asafotufiami Festival blog. This is your first stop for information, news and events pertaining to the premier cultural festival in Ghana, West Africa. We hope you are going to find information here useful and fun!
About the Asafotufiami Festival and the Blog
This blog provides information, news updates, event updates, general updates on issues concerning the Ada Okor Asafotufiami Festival of the Chiefs and People of Ada in the Dangme East District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. This blog is maintained by the staff of AsafotuOnline -a partnership organization between the Asafotufiami Fest. Planning Committee and WerbMagic Inc.
The Asafotufiami Festival is an annual warrior’s festival celebrated by the people of Ada, in the Greater Accra Region from the last Thursday of July to the first weekend of August. It commemorates the victories of the warriors in battle and those who fell on the battlefield. To re-enact these historic events, the “warrior” dresses in traditional battle dress and stage a mock battle. This is also a time when the young men are introduced to warfare. The festival also ushers in the harvest cycle, for this special customs and ceremonies are performed. These include purification ceremonies. The celebration reaches its climax in a durbar of chiefs, a colouful procession of the Chiefs in palanquins with their retinue. They are accompanied by traditional military groups called “Asafo Companies” amidst drumming, singing and dancing through the streets and on to the durbar grounds. At the durbar, greetings are exchanged between the chiefs, libations are poured and declarations of allegiance made.