BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
GBORBU WULOMO Shitse Wor-Lumor Konor Borketey Laweh XXXIII is calling on the youth and traditional leaders within the Ga Dangme states to be circumspect with their utterances, especially when they borders on falsehood.
He said the customs and traditions of the Ga Dangme states had been thrown away, especially by the younger generation and such development had resulted in twisting issues related to the Ga Dangme customs and traditions.
Numo Gborbu Wulomo sounded this caution at Nungua after performing the ‘Jenten Nishwamor’ rites, which giving a pre-Homowo meal to the gods ahead of the main Homowo festivals across the Ga Dangme states in July/August.
He called on all the Ga Dangmes to use the festive season to unite, protect their culture and plan for development.
“Division amongst us would not bring development. Let us use this festive season to protect the Ga Dangme languages and to unite and plan for the future. People of Ga Dangme descent, especially our younger generation, say whatever they like and do not respect our traditions. They need to come closer and learn. They should take caution and respect the customs and traditions of the Ga Dangme state.
“If you want to say something, then it must be the truth. Any persons who would peddle falsehood would do so at his/her peril. We don’t want lies. If you know that what you are saying is not true, be careful because we will pour libation against you. Where we are is a holy place and no one should lie about us,” Numo Gborbu Wulomo cautioned.
What is Jenten Nishwamor?
The ‘Jenten Nishwamor’ is one of the pre-Homowo events to present special kind of meal to the gods in order to keep them away from the Kpokpoi meal which is served to celebrants during the main Homowo festival.
The preparation of the meal is accompanied by series of customs from street-to-street and temple-to-temple. The high priest of Nungua led the delegation of priest and priestesses to sprinkle the meal across to the gods. Interestingly, a person who prepares this meal does not have to talk in the course of the preparation; he does communicate only through signs.