Apoo

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Apoo

The festival is celebrated by the chiefs and people of Techiman, Nkoranza and Wenchi traditional areas In The Brong Ahafo Region Of Ghana. It is celebrated annually around the month of March and April.

Purpose
The main aim of the festival is to provide a forum where the individuals can resent, talk and criticise the wrong doings of the people in authority (local rulers) that is, chief  etc. This is done during the celebration of the festival through singing.

History
It is known that, the god called "Ntoa" which settled among the people of Bono-Manso, the then capital of the Bono kingdom, is believed to have hated wrong doings.

The Ntoa god started killing all people who do wrong. The people who were then alarmed by the deaths that occur, decided to ask about the cause of such deaths.

It was revealed to them that, it was tne Ntoa god who used to kill men and women who does wrong. After some period of time, the Ntoa god decided to leave the people. But the chiefs and people of the area appealed to the god to stay.

In the light of the above, it was decided that an annual festival should be held during which period the people will be minded to hate evil which is demanded by the Ntoa god.

Mode of Celebration

Before the commencement of the celebration of the festival, a week of silence is declared, in which there is a ban on drumming, weeping and other forms of noise making.
 
Aside, is a week long activity. It begins with the collection of white clay "Hyireko" from the riverside on Fofie. The clay is used for the decoration of the shrines and walls in the fetish house. The above is followed by "Nnunsin-tuo" where the fetish priest destroy spiritually all charms hidden to harm innocent people on the "" day.

On Wednesday (Monowukuo) the "Addae Kan" (first Addae) is held. Thursday (Muonayawuo) the "Asaahwe" i.e. Mock fighting is performed in remembrance of the wars in the past.
On Friday (nkyi-fie), the chief and elders visit the royal mausoleum to consecrate the ancestral spirits and to purify the shrine and the gods. (Krumemene) i.e. Saturday night. carnival begins and ends on Monday (Monodwuo).

The "" carnival starts with drumming and dancing and "" songs to climax the entire celebration. The paramount chief (Omanhene) and his elders join Feteh dance?s also performed. Finally, at the end of the festival, which is usually on monday called (Fordwoo), Prayers are said on behalf of the state (k.ngdom) in the sanctuary of Tano Manse mustbe noted howeverthat, "" songs afterthe period of the celebration constitute a customary offence.




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