SOMANYA KROBO, Ghana
THE MILLET (NGMAYEM) FESTIVAL
The festival is a celebration period of religious, social or other celebration when the citizens renew their love, unity, solidarity and express their gratitude to God for His blessings manifested in many ways like good harvest, riches, good health, protection from enemies etc. The Ngmayem Festival which in the remote past was celebrated by priests only was reconstituted as a communal festival in the 1940s by the Konor Oklemekuku nene Azu Mate Kole II to promote solidarity among the people and to mobilize the people for development.
The Krobos who hold their ancestors in high veneration remember them on the occasion of the festival. Socio-economic activities are also organized. Such activities include performance of marriage rights, resolution of family conflicts,funerals to commemorate the dead, prior to the festival. The festival unites the people as one cultural entity and the youth are provided with the opportunity to learn the culture of their people and to make friends and choose spouses.
Durbar, inter-denominational Church Services Harvest and Thanksgiving Services, Fund raising Durbars for the Development and other get-together are held as a means of cementing tiers among the people.
Concerts, football matches and other forms of entertainment are important features of the festival. Government Officials, who often attend these occasions, explained government policies and assist to implement development programs.
RITES CONNECTED WITH THE NGMAYEM FESTIVAL
A discussion of the beliefs of the Krobos and the way their traditional religious worship is organized can be a lengthy affair. Some rites are however intrinsically connected with the Ngmayem festival and their explanation is relevant.
When the Krobos sojourned on the Krobo Mountain, millet was their staple food. For years now the menu of the Krobos has changed so much that very little significance is attached to the cultivation of millet. Notwithstanding, millet farms are kept by the Nana Kloweki priest for ritual purposes.
MILLET PLANTING RITES - KODAKPAMI
the ritual of hooting (Kodakpami) is a ceremomy in which the priest leads the Krobo people to confess their personal and social sins like adultery abortion, murder, cursing and socery. In this condition, the deities are expected to bless the growing of new seeds. the ceremony is also to announce the start of the sowing season.
The moral essence of the ceremony is that the priests profess their integrity and innocence, which confers on them the moral authority to tad the people spiritually.
The sowing of the millet follows later. Ten weeks after Kodokpami, the millet is harvested. This is used to in a series of rites after which the people are free to eat the new millet.
At the grand durbar at Lasi, the head priest pours libation for blessing in the new year for good harvest, fertility, good health, riches and protection from enemies and general well being. The millPerformers
krobo Tribal Culture Performances, Kings and Queens ride in palanquin, durbar of fetish etc.Venue
arrive at kotoka international airport, proceed to Adenta somanya Highway to Odumasi. Distance is 80 Km.Times
9:00 am - 3:00 pmAdmission & Parking