Rose Asamoah

Easter Festivals at Kwahu in the Eastern Region beckon people from all walks of life and this year?s was no exception. For some years now foreign paragliders have partaken in the celebrations and added colour to such festivities. It is like spreading peanut butter on bread or putting the icing on the cake for all to enjoy. Insatiable joy indeed. Participants really enjoyed themselves.

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This year?s Easter paragliding festival was another interesting one which many would remember for a long time to come. Paragliders from countries like Germany, America, Britain and a few others arrived with their gliding machines to entertain as many as plucked up courage to mount the gliding machines with the experts.

One thing I observed was the absence of naughty or uncouth behaviour put up by some youth in years past. Since the chiefs in the area stood their grounds, put their feet down firmly on the disciplinary and behavioural patterns, lots of improvements were witnessed in the course of the merrymaking this year. Enticing mini-skirts and obnoxious behaviours put up by some ladies in previous years were completely absent.? We say ?Ayekoooo? to Nananom of Kwahu and its environs.

Even though more visitors partook in this year?s Kwahu Easter festivities, petty thievery and motor accidents were minimal. Police and other security personnel put up professionalism to check hooliganism. There were isolated cases of pick-pocketing and assaults but such incidents were quickly nipped in the bud and culprits arrested and dealt with appropriately. Many loopholes were plugged to put a stop to otherwise unpleasant incidents.

News broke of two paragliders who were involved in an accident when a gliding machine developed a fault. It hanged on some trees for some time but the two foreigners ? a German and an American ? ?were quickly rescued by Ghana Armed Forces personnel who were flown in by helicopter. The victims were treated at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra and discharged.

Business activities boomed throughout the Easter period in the Kwahu area. Assorted cooked food, especially rice, kenkey, banku; assorted drinks and confectionaries were on display to the satisfaction of all the visitors.

Another entertainment venue during the Easter break was the Accra Conference Center where the comedian, popularly called Basketmouth and his team entertained many with a bowlful of rib-cracking jokes. He demonstrated how he should be laid in-state, but stressed that ?I am not dying now?. He wished to ?sit akinbo? ? that is one leg stretched and the other leg bent ? when he dies, ?keke that?s all?.

Good music was intermittently dished out to the audience by Kwabena Kwabena; Castro, aka ?the Destroyer,? and two other seasoned Ghanaian musicians. The ladies were on their feet throughout the musical interlude which was a delight to watch.

La Beach recorded heavy attendance on Easter Monday. Some scheduled their parting activities for the morning; others had theirs in the afternoon while those for the night session thought they had enjoyed themselves to the fullest.

It did not go without tragedies though. At the end of it all, nine dead bodies were found along the different beaches. Security must be tighter next year.

By Rose Asamoah

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