At Essikado in Sekondi-Takoradi, 10 masquerade clubs thrilled an enthusiastic audience with singing, dancing, gymnastics and firing firecrackers to the music of a brass band, culminating in the 10th anniversary celebrations. rice field..
Founded 10 years ago by Hong Jo Gerty, MP of Eshikado Ketang, the carnival was founded by Nana Kovina Enkezia V. Hong Gerty, an Omanhin tribe of the Eshikado Traditional Area, with the Ye Wo Aze Oye (We are something good ) was baptized by He asked Nana Nquetzia for his blessing and held a festival, giving it the name Ye Wo Aze Oi.
Participating clubs include Freedom and Justice in Sekondi, Oil City, Odo Ye Hu, Ocean City and Nyanta Club.
The rest are the Westside Classic Ladies, an all-female club in Sekondi-Takoradi. The SMS Club, Iron Fighters Club, Yankee Club, and Chinese Club all hail from Ecidado.
Dubbed the “Essikado Yewo Adze Oye Street Carnival”, this year’s event was sponsored by Essikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey and Sekondi MP Andrew Agyaapa Mercer .
One of the organizers, Francis Quason, told the Ghanaian News Agency during the event that the first masquerade club in Eshikado was called the Chinese Masquerade Club and that of the Ankos Club, the first club in the western region. He said it was formed in 1957, the following year. was formed in Takoradi in 1956. He said Hong Jo Gerty founded the annual Masqueraders Street Carnival in Eciado 10 years ago.
He said the annual street carnival is the main event for people around Christmas and New Year, igniting and inspiring the atmosphere.
Quayson said this year’s event is well organized and patronized by Sekondi Takoradi and other indigenous peoples in Ghana and abroad.
The event was well attended and was also attended by Takoradi’s Western Region Minister and MP, Dr. Kwabena Okiele Darko Mensah. This year’s event was hosted by Essikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey and his Sekondi MP Andrew Agyaapa Mercer.
Founder Joe Garty said the festival will continue to be maintained in order to attract more tourists to Secondi and Escado to witness the rich culture of Secondi and Escado.
He said the street carnival celebrations in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis made the Christmas and New Year celebrations really special.
Every major street in Ecicade was filled with people eager to catch a glimpse of the Masquerade club’s best performance.
Economic activity was high and by midnight various eateries, bars and shops began to run out of stock. This did not deter those who were there until dawn the next day.
The Ghana Prison Band was present to provide a side attraction for the audience.The festival also featured young and up-and-coming rapper Semekiya. Organizers were confident that next year’s event would be bigger and better.