The chiefs and residents of Hwidiem in Ghana’s Ahafo Region, formerly known as the Brong Ahafo region, celebrate the Adikanfo Festival every year. Typically, September is the month that it is observed.
The celebration honours the migration of the Hwidiem people from Denkyira Ntomu to their current residence. Additionally, during the festival, people give thanks to the gods and ancestors for their protection and direction throughout the previous year.
A magnificent durbar including chiefs and guests from across the region ushers in the celebration. A number of customary rites and rituals, including the offering of food and animals as sacrifices to the gods and ancestors, take place after the durbar.
Additionally, there will be food and celebration during the festival. Traditional drumming, music, and dance are present. To commemorate the occasion, people travel to Hwidiem from all across the area.
In Ghana, the Adikanfo Festival is a significant cultural occasion. It’s an occasion for the residents of Hwidiem to unite and honour their culture and traditions. During the festival, people also thank the gods and ancestors for their protection and direction.
Some of the events that happen during the festival include the following:
- Grand durbar of the people and the chiefs
- Rituals and rites that are customary
- offering food and animals as sacrifices to the gods and ancestors
- Traditional drumming, music, and dances
- Making merry and eating
The Adikanfo Festival is a vivid and colourful celebration of the culture and history of the Hwidiem people. People from all over the area get together during this time to celebrate.