The chiefs and people of the Ada Traditional Area in the Greater Accra Region are set to celebrate their annual Asafotufiami festival. The festival is noted for the firing of muskets amid dancing, display of rich culture, general merrymaking and the sharing of very exciting moments.
Asafotufiami is celebrated mainly in remembrance of the heroic achievements of the founding fathers and ancestors of the area during the many wars of survival and development of the Ada people.
It is a warriors’ festival accompanied by firing of muskets by traditional military groups. This year’s marks the 82nd edition.
The festival, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of residents and non-residents, is themed: ”Local Resources Mobilization Towards Development and Growth of Ada Traditional Area”.
The week-long event, which is expected to end on Thursday, August 8, will bring together sons and daughters of Ada, both home and abroad, and thousands of tourists, particularly participants of the 2019 Home-Coming of Blacks from the Diaspora.
Asafotufiami is one of the biggest festivals in Ghana, and is attended by thousands of people from all walks of life. The festival, which literally means firing of muskets, is celebrated annually to mark the heroic performance of the ancestors for Ada to safeguard their lands and property from their enemies
However, in modern times, the festival has become a period where sons and daughters of Ada to come back home to take stock of issues that are hindering the development of the area and make plans for the following year.
According to the event organisers, activities lined up for this year’s edition would be graced by First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and other personalities. Beside the grand durbar, there will be a homecoming/bonfire night, a beauty pageant, a musical concert, clean up exercise, Boxing Bout, football competition and many more.
Asfotufiami 2019 is sponsored by MTN, McDan Group of Companies Limited, Ena Pa, Verna Mineral Water, Heaven Mosquito Coil and Spray and Alomo Bitters.