Ete Durbar 2013 | Yam Festival 2013

West African yams have almost divine status. Not unlike the potato to the Irish, rice to the far east, or maize/corn to the Americas, yams in this part of the world are allotted their due reverence. And once a year the crowds turn out to pay homage to this oversized root, the staple base for so many local foods.

The 2013 Ete celebration coincided with the tenth anniversary of the rule of Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbome Fia or paramount chief of Asogli state, as well as the 104th birthday of Ghanaian founder Kwami Nkrumah. Thus, the whole affair scaled up rather quickly and President Mahama himself showed up to speak (despite the heat and looming threat of a thunderstorm) to a crowd of thousands.

The festival culminated a month of activity – the vast majority of which I did not even realize was happening. But as the Graphic reports:

…activities included health walk, a photo-exhibition, prayers and fasting and sod-cutting ceremony for a new regional Driving Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) office complex at Titrinu.

The rest are the inauguration of a GHC 216,000.00 refurbished palace hall complex, Miss Asogli beauty pageant, a trip to Notsie, the ancestral home of the Ewes in the Republic of Togo, an expedition to the peak of the Adaklu mountain among others.

I took a good many photos during the grand durbar, but was never in a very good position to capture more than the crowd. The parade of palaces (massive umbrellas for chiefs and queens) went directly in front of my spot in the stadium stands, however. So enjoy the few gems I managed to produce.

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