Okyenhene Marks Mmoaninko Festival in Offinso
THE OKYENHENE, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has joined the people of Offinso Traditional Area, in the Ashanti region, to mark this year’s annual Mmoaninko festival, amid pomp and pageantry.
Traditionally, the Okyenhene is a relative of the Offinsohene, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, hence the decision of the Offinsohene to invite the Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa to the event did not surprise many.
The ceremony, which was mainly used to showcase the rich traditions and culture of the Offinso people, was also graced by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah and other officials.
In his succinct address, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah admonished Ghanaians, especially the youth, to give maximum respect to traditional leaders, noting that chiefs are important in the national transformation.
According to him, chiefs have played crucial roles in the past to help advance the transformation of the country, adding that they deserve the maximum respect of the people.
Hon. Osei Mensah also entreated the citizenry to give respect to the rich traditions and culture in the country, stressing that the country must be guided by its traditions and culture to develop.
He cautioned that it would be suicidal for the country if her rich traditions and culture are thrown away.
The programme, which was characterized by drumming and dancing, also saw the honouring of some loyal citizens of Offinso Traditional Area for their good works for the area.
By: Akwasi Boakye