It was a display of culture and tradition at a grand durbar of chiefs held in honour of the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove Traditional Area, Nana Kwesi Agyemang IX, in climax of the celebration of the annual Kundum Festival.
Kundum means ‘Eat to satiate yourself,’ and it is an annual festival celebrated by the people of Lower Dixcove.
This year’s durbar of chiefs drew a number of heavyweights, including the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who was the special guest of honour of the Grand Durbar of Chiefs to climax the festival.
Paramount Chief of Lower Axim, Awulae Attibrukusu III, was dressed in royal regalia to celebrate the occasion.
Also in attendance were sub-chiefs who make up the Lower Dixcove Paramountcy. Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quays, Western Regional Minister, Hon. Gifty Eugene Kusi and MP-Ahanta West, Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum.
The theme for the celebration was: ‘Empowering communities for effective fisheries co-management, the role of traditional leaders.’
What was significant about this year festival was the unity between the Upper Dixcove and Lower Dixcove chiefs and the people in the community.
Nana Kwesi Agyemang addressing the occasion noted that chieftaincy could be an engine of social development and unity.
“This is due to the unity exhibited at the durbar in climax of the Kundum festival, which was enough testimony of the importance of the chieftaincy institution in fostering unity and development,” he said.
He said, in areas where chieftaincy had been neglected, the result has been an adverse effect of development.
He added that the problem of unemployment had the tendency of stripping the dignity of both male and female.
Consequently, he appealed to the government to attempt to decentralise the governance system, in order to help solve the problem of unemployment.
Story: From Simon AHENSAH, DIXCOVE, WESTERN REGION