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Thousands storm Gomoa Fetteh’s Atopa festival

Thousands of people from across the country have joined the chiefs and people of Gomoa Fetteh to celebrate its Ahobaakese festival.

The festival had an impressive climax with its famous Atopa dance known in local parlance as Akosualontoba. It is part of the rituals to mark the festival to remember how their ancestor Ahor liberated them from slavery.

The dance which requires men to swing their waist behind women has made Gomoa Fetteh, a fishing and farming community in the Gomoa East district of the Central region very popular.

Adom News’ Central Regional correspondent, Kofi Adjei reported that, the town is choked with revelers happily participating in the Atopa dance.

He noted that, churches in the area closed very early to enable their members celebrate the festival.

Many have criticised the dance as being sexually suggestive but queen mother of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abena Owusu said its an age old dance.

She explained that, the Atopa dance was a way the wives in the community dances to meet their husbands who had returned from war victories in the olden days.

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