Odambea Festival 2018 launched
The Nkusukum Traditional Council in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region, has launched the celebration of the 2018 Odambea Festival of the chiefs and people of Anomabo.
The week-long festival would be celebrated by 20 towns and villages from Monday August 20 to Sunday August 26.
The Festival, like many other festivals in Ghana, is celebrated in the last week of August during the beginning of food harvesting to signify hooting at hunger and to commemorate the achievements of their ancestors.
History had it that when the Barbor Mfantses were migrating from Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to their present settlement, three tribes, Aboras, Nkusukum and Ekumfis, moved together with the Nkusukum forming the “ridge” in the middle while the Aboras moved on the right and the Ekumfis on the left.
The events is expected to feature activities liike tennis competition, soccer gala, beach bash, clean up exercises, health screening, traditional rituals and a cooking competition.
“Odambea” is celebrated on the last Saturday of August by the “Nkusukum” chiefs and people of the Saltpond Traditional Area. This event commemorates the migration of the “Nkusukum” people centuries ago from Techiman (500km away) to their present settlement.
“Odambea” means “fortified link”, a name resulting from the role played by the “Nkusukum” people in keeping the migrant groups in touch with each other following their exodus from Techiman. A special feature of the festival is the re-enactment of the ancient life styles of the people, which provides a unique opportunity to learn more about how they migrated.