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GTC lifts ban on drumming and noisemaking ahead of 2024 Homowo celebration


The Ga Traditional Council (GTC) has lifted the ban on drumming and noisemaking amid merry-making to pave the way for the celebration of this year’s Homowo Festival.

The ban, which came to enforce on May 6, was lifted on Thursday 6 June after the Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi-Bonte successfully beat the twins’ drums known as "Odadao" to signify the lifting of the ban. 

Preceded by a month-long ban on drumming and noisemaking the Homowo Festival, is celebrated by the Ga people to “hoot at hunger”. 

Mayor of Accra, Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoe Sackey, who attended the ceremony acknowledged that this year's Odadao had been distinct and urged the Ga state to embrace peace and unite for development.

He urged the Ga state not to allow ourselves to be manipulated into violence," during this year's elections adding the impact of free education had affected every household in the country, hence the need to vote for the NPP to continue fostering development.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister,Hon. Titus Glover, asserted the language, culture, and cuisine set the Ga-Dangbes apart from other tribes.

The Minister noted that he recently, joined the people of Nungua in their celebration to signal a firm stance against any alterations to Ga traditions.

"Unity is paramount. Division opens the door for external interference," he emphasized. 

He announced that his outfit was working closely with traditional leaders to address sanitation issues in the city.

Gbese Mantse in an earlier statement after beating the twin drum said the chiefs of the Ga State have in a unified effort resolved to address the city's sanitation challenges adding that they were collaborating with the Regional and Sanitation Ministers to improve the sanitation situation in the city.

“The level of filth in the city is unacceptable. Soon, a clean-up campaign will commence, and the law will spare no one... The Ga state has awoken from its slumber, recognizing the strength in unity we have decided to collaborate with the Regional and Sanitation ministries to improve cleanliness in the city, " he said. 

"As evident from our efforts in Gbese, we are committed to cleaning all communities," he assured.