Kente weaving in Ghana

Asafotufiami

All Traditional areas in Ghana are identified with special festivals, which make the people very distinct from other ethnic groups. The Asafotufiami Festival of the people of Ada Traditional area in the Dangme East District is a rich cultural heritage celebrated annually in the first week of August.

The festival is a remembrance of the achievements in the wars for settlement fought by our ancestors, hence the name “ASAFOTUFIAMI”. “ASAFOTU”, as the name implies, is company firing of musketry.

According to tradition, the celebration starts from Thursday in the first week of every August with the arrival of guests from other places to the town with house cleaning ceremony and poring of libation at the respective shrines of the various families and keeping of vigil.

At dawn of Friday, as part of the schedule for the celebration, the two companies (Asafo) beat their respective drums to summon their members for the onward march to LUHUESE (a suburb of Ada) on the outskirt of Big Ada where they are camped and according to ancient custom, all young men who attain the age of puberty will then be initiated into their respective Asafo companies by being taught how to handle, load a gun and fire some for the first time.