Festivals
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Adae Festival

The Akwamu people initiated many of the traditional festivals celebrated by the Akan peoples of Ghana. As a result of the prominent role they played in the political and economic developments in the early European contact with the peoples of West Africa, many ethnic groups in the coastal and forest regions, adopted some of the essential elements of Akwamu cultural festivals and adapted them to suit their own political and spiritual needs. In his book Festivals of Ghana, Professor A.A. Opoku presents a detailed account of many festivals celebrated by the Akan people and other ethnic groups. Two of such festivals relevant to Akwamu history and culture are extracted from Professor Opoku’s book for the purpose of deepening knowledge about the pivotal role played by the Akwamu people in the history of Ghana. He

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Odwira in Akwamu

The Akwamu were among the original settlers who migrated from the Kong mountains of West Africa to the forest region of Ghana, thus breaking away from the main stream of emigrants. They settled successively at Hemang, Abakrampa, Asámankse, Nyanawase and finally crossed to the eastern bank of the Volta after their defeat by the united forces of the coastal tribes whom they had dominated for the best part of a century.


In the year 1553, the Akwamu defied the rule of the King of Denkyira and moved to Asamankese. It was during the flight from Denkyira that a section of the ethnic group broke away and settled in the Ivory Coast where they later assumed the name of Agni or Anwi or Sanwi.

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