• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF AKWAPIM, IN EASTERN GHANA, HAVE CELEBRATED THEIR ANNUAL ODWIRA FESTIVAL WITH TRADITIONAL POMP, PAGEANTRY, AND GAIETY.

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    CHIEFS AND PEOPLE AT DURBAR; THE QUEEN MOTHER IN A PALAGUIN; THE OMANHENE IN A PALANQUIN; PROCESSION; OMANHENE GREETS HIS GUESTS; CHIEF NANA KOFI OBONYAA PAYS HOMAGE TO THE OMANHENE.




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    Background: THE PEOPLE OF AKWAPIM, IN EASTERN GHANA, HAVE CELEBRATED THEIR ANNUAL ODWIRA FESTIVAL WITH TRADITIONAL POMP, PAGEANTRY, AND GAIETY. THE CLIMAX OF THE CELEBRATION WAS A DURBAR OF CHIEFS AND PEOPLE AT AKROPONG, THE CAPITAL OF THE REGION, DURING WHICH THE OMANHENE OF AKWAPIM WAS GREETED BY HIS SUBJECTS.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND THE CHIEFS FROM ALL OVER AKWAPIM GATHERED AT AKROPONG FOR THE FESTIVAL. THE DIVISIONAL CHIEFS RODE IN PALANQUINS IN A LONG PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS OF AKROPONG TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE OMANHENE OF AKWAPIM, NANA KWAME FORI THE SECOND, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE QUEEN MOTHER, NANA DOKUA.

    THE CHIEFS INCLUDED GHANA'S FIRST WHITE CHIEF, NANA KOFI OBONYAA, THE ODIKRO OF ONYAASE. THE ODIKRO WAS BORN RONALD JAMES MOXON IN SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND, AND WAS OFFICIALLY INSTALLED IN 1963.

    IN A SPEECH, THE OMANHENE THANKED THE ARMED FORCES AND POLICE FOR SAVING GHANA FROM "THE TYRANNY OF KWAME NKRUMAH", THE FORMER PRESIDENT, WHO WAS OVERTHROWN IN A COUP ON THE 24TH OF LAST FEBRUARY. THE OMANHENE APPEALED TO THE PEOPLE TO GROW MORE FOOD AND CONTINUE TO UNDERTAKE MORE SELF-HELP PROJECTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65BRBCGP4PR7T1NQ5JQQOJ1EK
    Media URN:
    VLVA65BRBCGP4PR7T1NQ5JQQOJ1EK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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