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Peki Stool: Yam Festival

Most stools in Peki have a history, which explicitly defines its origins and character.

The stool is consecrated on a day it remains its birthday and it, later on, adopted a sacred oath. Most stools adopted its sacred oath from a painful and never to be forgotten calamity that happened to the occupant of a stool.

Most sacred Oaths took their origin from either the Akwamu or the Ashanti war. These two wars, in reality, defined Pekis character and in a way made out of Peki an acceptable leader of the entirety of the Eweland, gallant chiefs fell to the sword. It became an oath. It extolled the painful experience and revisiting it, is daring the stool to remember its painful and calamitous experience.

Most stools across the length and breadth of have the oath agble nye zigbe. Avetile have Appiah wo agble ator gbe

Wudome akaviewo Agble nye zigbe

Blengo Togbe Appiah wo agble ator zigbe.

It spreads across. Stools are obliged to observe two important events in a year. First, it ushers in the new yam. te dede kpukpo do me rites. An entrenched activity. Various stool observed this activity around the months of April and May. It's an event that is two pronged. Thanksgiving and the plea for the gods to bless the entire community to be prosperous and enjoy a bountiful harvest in the year under the scope.

The second is the annual Stool yam festival. The day of the consecration of a stool or the day of the sacred Oath of a stool is a determinant in fixing the date of the celebration of the annual Stool yam festival. It varies from Stool to stool but it is a fixed event from year to year.

As Hon. Frank Kofi Dei intimated the Senior Mankrado of Peki is the last to perform this ritual and it brings the curtain down on the year's stool activities.

At the beginning of the year, the state god Nuve plants the first yam that ushers in the new farming season. It's sacrilegious to mount a yam mound before the high priest. Immediately after this event, the occupant of a stool plants a yam. This is harvested around April or early May for the fulfilment of its obligatory ritual to the stool.

As custodians of tradition and culture, chiefs, start observing the stool rites from September to early January. A time frame comes to play. Stool rites should not interfere with the mounting of the new yam by the chief priest of the state god. Any stool that for an act or omission could not perform this yearly ritual before the Senior Mankrado of Peki, forfeit the chance to do so for the year. This stems from the fact that Nuve, cannot delay the next farming season because of a Stools procrastination. These are entrenched rituals that are crucial to Pekis prosperity and are core to Pekis very spiritual stability in every sphere of endeavours. It's entrenched in cultural Practices and a vital Practice for Pekis spiritual, material progress for the state and affects all citizens and cannot be altered for any other consideration. It's either it's sustained, despite religious consideration, or collectively we suffer it's a consequence.

Togbe Appiah Kwadzo VI

ngoryifia of Peki.

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