Ghana's Minister for Local Government called for an end to secessionist movements in the Volta Region on Saturday (6 July).
GV Procession arriving at festival site
SV PAN tribal chiefs under umbrellas
SV People in chiefs procession (2 shots)
SCU Chiefs (2 shots)
SV Chiefs greeted by Major-General Aferi.
SV & CU "The fetish carrier" and his priests dancing (4 shots)
SV "Fetish priest" on platform
SV People seated in stand
SV & CU Chief Togbe Dagadu the 4th, seated (2 shots)
SV & CU Major-General Aferi (2 shots)
SV & LV People watching drummers and Borborbor dancers (3 shots)
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Background: Ghana's Minister for Local Government called for an end to secessionist movements in the Volta Region on Saturday (6 July).
Major-General N.A. Aferi was speaking on behalf of Ghana's Head of State Colonel Ignatius Achsampong, at the opening of the Danyibakka Festival---a tri-annual gathering of tribal chiefs---at Kpandu.
General Aferi urged the assembled chiefs to "expose" anyone who went about "championing the lost cause" of secession.
The tribal chiefs were headed by Paramount Chief Togbe Dagadu IV who welcomed the thousands of visitors who made the journey to Kpandu for the festival.
The Danyibakka Festival dates back some 400 years to the time when the people of Kpandu were migrating from the north to the shores of Lake Volta. Histor has it that they were blocked by the flooded Danyi River and made it across only after offering sacrifices to the river Gods.
But the migrants did not return to the river as they promised, and for three years, there were no births and no deaths in the new town of Kpandu. After consulting as oracle, the Kpandu people went back to the river to offer sacrifices: women bore children and prosperity followed.