Annual Golob Festival held
| Updated Apr 06, 2017 at 8:00am
The Chiefs and people of Gorogo Traditional Area in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region have celebrated their annual “Golob festival” with a call on the people in the area to co-exist peacefully to help promote peace, unity, love and development.
During the celebration of the “Golob festival”, a ban is often placed on marriages, funerals and fighting and people caught in such acts are made to pay a fine for the pacification of the gods.
An opinion leader of the Gorogo Traditional Area, John Yalmon, explained that the festival, which is usually celebrated prior to the onset of rainy season, was meant to echo the need for peace and thank God for the previous year’s bountiful harvest and to ask for blessings in the ensuing season.
He said during the festival the gods of the land are invoked for peace, prosperity and blessings not only for the area but the country at large.
Mr. Yalmon said apart from the merry making during the festival, songs are composed to be sung against immoral acts including rape, murder, stealing, wife battering among others.
As part of the celebration, the Gorogo, Sepaat, Buun and Kaare Women Association, popularly known as GOSEBKA, has donated ten mattresses valued at one thousand eight hundred Ghana cedis to the Gorogo Clinic.
The Chairperson of the association, Monica Mambuliya, said the association is based in Kumasi and it has been in existence since 2012.
She said its main purpose is to foster unity and women empowerment among women who are leaving outside the area. Receiving the mattresses on behalf of the clinic, the Talensi District Director of Health, Abubakri Abdul-Rahaman, said the clinic is bedevilled with many challenges including infrastructure and working equipment.
He thanked the leadership of GOSEBKA for the gesture and called on benevolent organizations to emulate same.