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Ghana celebrates warriors festival

08-17-2011 09:58 BJT

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Residents of the Ada region in northern part of the country took to the streets last weekend for a festival to commemorate their warrior heritage. The festival has been happening every year for the last 50 years and is in memory of the people who fought to protect the land during their struggle for independence.

This year's jubilee is being celebrated with particular vigor with seven days of carnivals and public events planned.

The opening celebrations were marked by a procession led by divisional chiefs and local dignitaries.

The theme of this year's celebrations was "Transforming Society through Culture" in an attempt to bring the past history in the region up to date with current challenges people in the region face.

Speaking at the launch event held at Ada Presby Park, Vice President John Dramani Mahama said the occasion was not just about celebrating the past.

John Dramani Mahama, vice president of Ghana, said, "Now times have changed we don't go to war any more and so today when we still celebrate this festival we do it in order to honor new war that we have to fight and that is the fight against poverty, disease and hunger among our people."

Traditional prayers were also held by community leaders at the lake side of the park where members of the crowd were invited to pray for communities in Ghana who are struggling with poverty.

Ghana is the world's second-largest cocoa grower, Africa's second-biggest gold miner, and became an oil exporter in December 2010 with the start-up of its offshore Jubilee oil field.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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