Walas celebrates the Dumba festival with great fanfare


The annual Dumba festival of the chiefs and people of the traditional Wala region was celebrated with pomp and pageantry in Wa in the Upper West region last Wednesday.

Initially linked to Islam to mark the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the holiday gradually took on a traditional tone.

Activities during the week-long festival included prayers and fasts led by Islamic clerics and processions of people amid drumming and dancing through the streets of Wa Township to pay homage to the Overlord, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV.

The highlight of the festival was the successful jump over a cow by the Overlord, which signified a successful year and a long reign ahead. The celebration attracted prominent traditional and opinion leaders from the north, politicians, diplomats, tourists and people from all walks of life.

It showcased the rich and diverse culture of the people of the traditional Wa area as the crowd of people gathered in the Overlord’s forecourt cheered and offered courtesies to the traditional authorities who dressed in colorful smocks.

During the celebration, an exhibition of a variety of handicrafts, including beads, earrings, tie and dye, blouses, silk and cotton fabrics woven by women, was presented .

At the celebration to honor the occasion were Special Guest of Honour, Vice President, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, and Guest of Honour, Nayire from Mamprugu, and President of the Regional House of Chiefs Northeast, Naa Bohugu Mahanyi Sheriga.

There was also a display of traditional musical instruments such as drums and xylophones accompanied by dancers who moved in unison. The men came in smocks of various shapes and sizes to dance in semicircles and circles to xylophone tunes.

Held on the theme “Combating Emerging Threats of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Ghana; The Role of Traditional Authorities”, Overlord Naa Seidu Pelpuo commended the government for enhancing security in the region in response to the recent series of horrific murders.

Vice President Alhaji Bawumia urged those living outside who had the power to regularly help in the development of the region.

The Nayire of Mamprugu, Naa Sheriga noted that culture and arts are the blood of the people and should be seen as a catalyst for positive change towards economic transformation for national development.

He reiterated the need for the government to work closely with traditional authorities to ensure the preservation of culture and arts for posterity.

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