Akwambo, Ghana and Igbo, Benue Performers of Nigeria
The path has crossed
The river has crossed the path
Who is the elder?
The path has crossed the river
The river has cross the path
We made the path and found the river
This river is from long ago
Truly the river is from
The Creator of the Universe.
• Geography • History • Language Arts
cultural and ethnic groups have their own festivals. These
festivals can reveal some common features and beliefs of
the culture. Art is often used to perpetuate traditions
and customs of a culture. Today the Asafo and its annual
festivals provide a great incentive for creativity among
all artists. These festivals promote the essential meaning
of African art-art for functional sake; not for art's sake.
Asafo give the artists a means to use the arts functionally.
The peoples of Ghana have evolved various rites and rituals
for all the important events in life. There are the rites
of child naming, of puberty and initiation, and of marriage
and death. But far more important than these rituals, which
are performed only by the little family or clan circle,
are the annual and seasonal festivals, which bring together
the whole people of a town, and even a whole clan. One important
festival of the Fante people along the coast of Ghana is
the Akwambo or Path-Clearing Festival. Path-Clearing has
been with the Akan ever since they set out on their long
journey coastward from the desert north. This fact has been
recorded in one of the most beautiful traditional poems
Flags of Abandze and Kormantze: A Discourse Between Rivals