The Yilo Krobo Traditional Council has launched this year’s annual Kloyosikplem (descending from mountain) festival of the people of the traditional area with a call on the youth to tolerate one another and live in peace.
The Paramount queen-mother, Naana Korlekuor Adja- do III, who made the call at the launch at Somanya, said Krobos were one people with a common destiny, so no situation should bring about any bad blood amongst them.
“Traditionally, culturally, and socially, we are the same people who belong to the same ancestors as Yilo Krobos. Before descending from the mountain to our present home, our ancestors and forefathers lived as one people and did almost everything together as one people with a common destiny 121 years ago, and therefore we must remain united.” Naana Korlekuor emphasised.
This year’s festival, which runs from November 8 to 18, 2013, is on the theme “Feeding the Nation; the Krobo Perspective.”
Activities lined up for the celebration include clean-up exercises, meet-your-chiefs, quiz competition for schools in Yilo Krobo, health screening exercise and talk, women’s day, cooking contest, and cultural night.
The rest are a visit to Yilo Krobo Mountain (ancestral home), dramatisation of the forceful ejection of Krobos from the mountain, Agrofie, grand durbar, crowning of Miss Yilo, state dance, Interdenominational thanksgiving service, and football gala competition.
This year’s occasion coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Kloyosikplem Festival of the people of Yilo Krobos.
She said Krobos were mostly farmers spread across the length and breadth of the country contributing their quota to the agricultural sector and stressed the need for them to come home every year to celebrate what she called traditional history.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Yilo Krobo, Andrews Sodah, also emphasised the fact that Krobos were peace loving and calm, and urged them to remain as such as they awaited the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition.
The MCE was, however, worried about the education of the youth and stressed the need for all parents not to toy with it.
Mr Sodah briefed the gathering about the proposed Eastern Region University to be sited at Somanya and appealed to the land owners to co-operate with the government in the release of land for the smooth start of the project.
A 12 – member festival committee under the chairmanship of Mr Kirk Kofi, Deputy Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority (VRA), was inaugurated.
The Secretary of the planning committee, Mr. G. G. D. Adjrackor (aka King George) gave the assurance that the committee had put security measures in place to deal with people whose activities disturbed the smooth celebration of the previous Kloyosikplem festivals.