The annual Agbamevorza (Kente Festival) marked in the Volta region is an ethnic example of the National Friday Wear where Ghanaians are encouraged to wear a local fabric anywhere they go especially work.
And so before government saw the need for cultural preservation strategy in 2004, the chiefs and people of the Agotime Traditional Area in the Volta Region, had instituted something similar nine years earlier – in 1995.
Nineteen years on, the people of Agotime will once again showcase the lavish use of the Kente cloth and project the cultural and aesthetic values of the cloth when they assemble all the indigenes to celebrate Agbamevorza.
It will take place from 7th to 14th September 2014. The Grand Durbar will be held on 13th September 2014 at Agotime Kpetoe, 25km from Ho. Events will start at 10:00am.
Kente is multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs popular in Ghana and in West Africa. There is a hub for it in Bonwire in the Ashanti region.
No wonder when people from the 37 towns, located it the festival's catchment area, meet for the festivities, there will be a Kente weaving competition to spark a creative output of new designs.
Most definitely, the festival will see more of the cloth bought and sold. Another description for job creation.
Naturally, a display of culture is an magnet for tourism. After 19 years of celebrating Agbemevorza, tourism has received an incredible boost according to the organisers.
Agotime Agbamevorza (Kente Festival) 2014
Programme of Activities
Sunday (7th September)
Monday (8th September)
Tuesday (9th September)
Wednesday (10th September)
Thursday (11th September)
Friday (12th September)
Saturday (13th September)
Sunday (14th September)