HIP 2020

HIP 2020

AMOSA UK Celebrates Homowo in the Park (HIP)

AMOSA UK Celebrates Homowo in the Park (HIP)

AMOSA UK celebrated it first Homowo in the Park (HIP) event on Saturday 29thAugust 2020 at the Ada Rose Salter Gardens in Southwark Park in South East London.

What is the Homowo Festival

It is a harvest festival celebrated by the Ga people from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.It begins with the sowing of millet/corn/maize by the traditional priests in May. After this, thirty-day ban on drumming is imposed on the land by the priests.The festival is highlighted at varying times by different quarters of the Ga tribe. The Ga-mashie group of the tribe will celebrate theirs’ a little earlier than the La group.

Homowo recounts the migration of the Gas and reveals their agricultural success in their new settlement. According to Ga oral tradition, a severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra. They were inspired by the famine to embark on a massive food production exercise which eventually yielded them bumper harvest.

Their hunger ended and with great joy they “hooted at hunger” this is the meaning of the word HOMOWO. AMOSA-UK’s HIP event was hosted by the President who is of Ga origin.  She served the traditional “Kpoikpoi” or “Kpekple” a steamed cornmeal delicacy with palm nut soup.  Everyone enjoyed the food and it is hoped to make this an annual event.

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