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CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

Culture  

Traditional Setup

The entire Akuapem State has one Paramount Chief referred to as the Okuapemhene with the seat of the paramouncy established and managed at Akropong, the Municipal capital.  In terms of traditional administration governance, the Akuapem State has five (5) important and well established Divisions namely the Kronti (Akropong), Adonten (Aburi), Gyase (Amanokrom), Nifa (Adukrom) and Benkum (Larteh).

These Divisions have operated effectively and harmoniously until 1994 when unfortunately as a result of a meeting held at Larteh which gave rise to the Larteh Accord, three of the divisions, namely Nifa, Benkum and Adonten decided to renounce their allegiance to the Ofori Kuma Stool and petitioned the National House of Chiefs for autonomous Paramouncy. This brought major challenges in terms of under development but through countless efforts by the Assembly, ERCC, the civil societies and other stakeholders the State reunified again in 2014.

Ethnic Diversity

There are three languages that are mainly spoken in the Municipality. These are Akuapem Twi, Kyerepong and Guan. Akuapem Twi speaking people are the largest ethnic group in the Municipality, representing 51.6% of the population, followed by Kyerepong and Guan which constitutes 42.3% whiles only 6.1% constitutes Ewes, Northerners, Krobos and other ethnic groups. The Twi language is the most effective medium of mass communication and development information dissemination.

 

Religious composition

Christianity is the predominant religion in the Municipality as this can be attributed to presence of many churches in the Municipality and also the missionaries who first settled in the Municipality Christians alone constitute 89% of the population, followed by Islam which constitutes only 2.2%, 1.9% constituting traditionalist and 1% representing other religions. However, the remaining 5.9% of the population do not belong to any religion.

 

Festivals 

There are two (2) major traditional festivals that are celebrated annually in the Municipality namely Odwira and Ohum.  The Akuapem Odwira festival was initiated by the 19th Okuapemhene of Akropong, Nana Addo Dankwa I (1811-1835) and was first celebrated in October 1826. Its significance is to celebrate their victory over the invincible Ashanti army during the historic battle of Katamansu near Dodowa in 1826 and also to cleanse them and ask for protection from the gods. These festivals serve as important occasions and events for mobilization of human and non-human resources for community development and social transformation which also informs the plan preparation, implementation and development administration in the Akuapem North Municipality.

 

Communal Spirit

The communal spirit of the people depends on one’s location. People living in the urban areas find it difficult to respond to calls for community mobilization or participate in communal labour. However, for those in the rural communities, they participate in communal labour when organised by their chiefs, elders and Assembly members.

 

Date Created : 2/12/2020 4:48:39 AM