Festival Celebration is not an idol Worship – Chief of Gomoa Mampong.
According to the chief, festival celebrations brings about unity, love, passion, commitment and also promotes development among the community members living together to celebrate the festival.
The Mankato of Gomoa Mampong in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region, Nana Osam Kumah II, has said the celebration of the festival is not idol worship as some people perceive it to be the motive behind the celebration.
According to the chief, festival celebrations bring about unity, love, passion, and commitment and also promote development among the community members living together to celebrate the festival.
He also added that festivals again unite those afar and near in the country back home to celebrate with family and friends, loved ones who for a long time had not seen themselves, and come together in love, unity, and development.
According to Nana Osam Kumah II, the festival or Akwambo in our local dialogue is a measure that has been put in place by our forefathers to remind us to allow peace to reign in our lives as a family living together in a community and this goes beyond describing the festival as idol worship.
On the other hand, the Odikro of Gomoa Mampong, Nana Obo Mensah IV, speaking with the media revealed that pouring libations for their gods spiritually opened doors of fortunes for the community and youths to get job opportunities hence the rites.
Story by Opamago Paparichy.