Thousands of Ghanaians from the central Oguaa region gathered in Cape Coast on Saturday (6 September) to mark the climax of the region's traditional Fetu Afahye festival of thanksgiving with a colourful durbar.
LV People in procession (2 shots)
CUs Participants with painted faces (2 shots)
GV Dancers in procession
MV People in costume
SV Members of Number Two Company dressed as troops in procession as crowd look on (3 shots)
SV & MV Dancers and drummers (2 shots)
SV Old woman in procession
LV PAN Vast crowds
SV Men dancing as Shirley Temple Black waves to applause (2 shots)
MV Drummers in procession
SVs Members of American Asafo group (2 shots)
SVs & GVs Mrs. Temple Black lifted onto litter and borne aloft, waving to crowd (2 shots)
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Background: Thousands of Ghanaians from the central Oguaa region gathered in Cape Coast on Saturday (6 September) to mark the climax of the region's traditional Fetu Afahye festival of thanksgiving with a colourful durbar.
Hundreds of people in traditional dress marched through the streets of the port, accompanied by tribal dancers and drummers. The parade was headed by members of the seven Asafo companies ... traditional groups of the Oguaa people ... and joined by members of an American Asafo group.
The highlight of the durbar festivities was the installation of the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Shirley Temple Black, as "Abontsendomhen" (honorary Deputy Paramount Chief) of the Oguaa Traditional area. Mrs. Temple Black accepted the honour as further evidence of the warm relationship between her country and Ghana.
Since its revival eleven years ago, the Fetu Afahye festival has become more than a celebration of thanksgiving for the year's produce. It provides an opportunity for separated kinsmen to meet and pay homage to dead relatives.