In Ghana a mass gathering of tribal chiefs -- a durbar -- marked the end of annual Odwira Festival on Friday (8 October) in Accra, the capital.
GV Start of procession with stool and chair carried through street
GVs Chief in procession, followed by drummers (3 shots)
GV Nana (Chief) Osae Ntifo Ababio dancing on litter
GV Others dancing in procession & MVs procession entering botanical gardens (4 shots)
GV Crowd gathered in gardens to watch festival
CU White Chief James Moxon
GV Nana Ababio under umbrella, greeted by Police Inspector General Ernest Arko
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Background: In Ghana a mass gathering of tribal chiefs -- a durbar -- marked the end of annual Odwira Festival on Friday (8 October) in Accra, the capital.
SYNOPSIS: The big day started with a colourful procession led by the chiefs of the district. Carried to the durbar ground with great reverence was the Akwapim Paramount Stool -- the symbol of power of the Nana -- the head chief -- Osae Ntifo Ababio. The weeklong celebrations that preceded the grand durbar started the previous Saturday (2 October). Odwira is one of the most important festivals on the Ghanaian tribal calendar and has special religious and social significance. It's also an opportunity for the people from the surrounding districts to flock into town to display their ancient tribal customs and dancing.
Nana Ababio also joined in the dancing with great verve as the procession wended its way to the durbar ground, the local botanical gardens. The Nana ascended to his stool 15 months ago. Since then, new schools have been built in his community, and roads in the area have been improved enormously. Rural areas have been developed and are now producing more food than ever before. Negotiations are underway to establish a poultry feed factory in the region which will be supplied with maize grown locally.
Among the many guests present was a white chief, Mr. James Moxon.
One of the guests of honour was Police Inspector General, Ernest Arko. The other was the Eastern Regional Commissioner, Commander G.E. Osei. Addressing the crowd later, Commander Osei congratulated Nana Ababio on the progress he had achieved since he ascended the stool.