The acting Wulomo of Osu Klottey, Nii Noi Osekan Kpenuku, is beating war drums, as he psyches his people up for a showdown with the Osu Mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI.
Nii Noi Osekan has made a clarion call to indigenes of Osu to prepare and resist attempts by Nii Kinka Dowuona VI to perform traditional rites at the Osu shrine today.
The ban (Nmaa Dumor) and the lifting (Nmaa Faa), thus planting and harvesting of the first maize precedes the Homowo festival of the people of Osu.
According to Osu custom and tradition, it is only the Wulomo who has the right to perform such rites and not the chief.
The acting Wulomo of Osu indicated that it was ‘abominable’ and an affront to the customs and traditions of the people of Osu for him [Nii Noi Osekan Kpenuku] not to perform the rite.
While urging the people to resist the intended attempt to prevent him from performing the rite, Nii Noi Osekan alleged that security chiefs in the area have been deceived.
“It is an incurable abomination for an occupant of the Osu stool to enter the shrine and perform the rites. This abomination has been perpetuated for the past 9 years and we won’t allow them to repeat that this time around,” Nii Noi Osekan warned in an exclusive interview with this paper.
As he puffed and raged, the acting Wulomo had some harsh words for the destooled Mankralo in the area.
Asked whether the police were aware of their intention to block the chief from performing the rite, he said “since the 2008 several attempts have been made to stop him, yet it did not yield any results.”
Last year, clashes ensued as Nii Okwei Kinka who doubles as the President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, sprinkled “kpoikpoi” through the Osu Ashante streets, one of the blocks in Osu, the same place where Nii Nortey Owuo had also gone to sprinkle the traditional food.
As custom demands, the Osu chief is mandated to sprinkle the traditional food known as “kpoikpoi” through the principal streets of the area.
Though the rival leaders had heavy police and military escorts, it did not stop their supporters who embarked on stone throwing and other exchanges prompting the police to fire warning shots.
Homowo, which means, “hooting at hunger,” is celebrated annually after the harvest season across all Ga communities in the Greater Accra Region.
Story: News Desk