Homowo Festival turns chaotic as rival chiefs clash in Osu
| Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 10:34am
Supporters of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona and Nii Nortey Owuo, who are claimants to the Osu stool, have clashed at this year’s Homowo Festival at Osu in Accra.
As custom demands, the Osu Chief is mandated to sprinkle the traditional food known as “kpoikpoi” through the principal streets of the area.
However, at the climax of the festival in Osu yesterday, the two leaders who have been contesting the stool in court for years embarked on the exercise separately.
But a clash ensued as Nii Okwei Kinka who doubles as the President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, sprinkled “kpoikpoi” through the Osu Ashante streets, one of the blocks in Osu, the same place where Nii Nortey Owuo had also gone to sprinkle the traditional food.
Though the rival leaders had heavy police and military escorts, this did not stop their supporters who embarked on stone throwing and other exchanges prompting the police to fire warning shots.
Homowo, which means “hooting at hunger”, is celebrated annually after the harvest season across all Ga communities in the Greater Accra Region.