BY PATRICE SYLVESTER SELORMEY, EHI | pselormey 2015 @gmail.com.
THE CHIEFS and people of Ehi and its surrounding villages in the Volta Region would climax this year’ Galiza festival with a grand durbar at Ehi on September 28.
The Ehi Nutome “Galiza” is an agricultural/development festival instituted by the Dufia of Ehi, Togbui Dzeble Adukpo IV, and his council of 21 sub-chiefs in collaboration with Ehi Development Council (EDC) to strengthen the socio-cultural fibre of the community.
Each year in September, the people of the community light up the Ketu North in the Volta Region as they celebrate the Ehi Nutome “Galiza”.
The main objective of the festival is to raise funds to support self-help projects, to disseminate information to the people and to promote and nurture the locally made ‘gali’ (gari) and all agri-businesses since Ehi is primarily an agro-based society.
It is also aimed at celebrating self-motivated determination and excellent communal spirit of the people over the years. This year’s festival, according to Togbui Adukpo, is on the theme ‘Empowering Women through Agriculture and Entrepreneurship’.
According to the chief, the theme was carefully chosen since the main occupation of the women is gari processing.
Togbui Adukpo explained to DAILY HERITAGE that this year’s “Galiza”, started on Friday, September 6, 2019, would continue to be an exciting and fun-filled celebration which would also be used for re-union and dispute resolution in order to strengthen their sense of community involvement.
He said it was also being used to celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions with pump and pageantry.
A source close to the EDC) said there was amost a month-long line-up of events from the first week of September till the grand durbar on the last Saturday of the same month.
Activities planned for the festival include inter-school cultural display at the market square, football gala between various male and female youth teams, clean-up exercises by all residents, beauty pageant, crusade, floats, keep-fit work-outs and health screening, cultural displays, food bazaar, visit to key historical sites and Ahi grand home-coming durbar .
The climax of the festival, the grand durbar of Chiefs and people at the Ehi E P Primary School park.