Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, the Paramount Chief of the Cape Coast Traditional Area, has issued a warning that the Traditional Council will not accept any same-sex activities in Cape Coast during the 2023 Oguaa Fetu Afahye.
The Oguaamanhene claimed that while such immoral actions were seen at the last edition, this year’s police are prepared to detain and charge anyone found engaging in such conduct.
The warning was sent before of the 2023 event, which starts on Friday, August 25. Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II.
“Those involved in alleged LGBTQ+ wanted to join the celebration, but we don’t encourage that. We shall not accept it here, and the police are on standby to arrest anyone who would indulge in it,” he said on Accra-based Onua FM.
People should refrain from engaging in such behavior, he warned, as the law will deal with anyone discovered doing so.
The Paramount Chief used the occasion to warn the young people attending the festival not to engage in any violent or unruly behavior.
“To the youth, they should celebrate, but it should be in moderation because if those who will come and celebrate with us see these things, they go with bad names. Enjoy, but there should be a limit. We want decent dressing, and the police will be around to arrest those who will do these and other acts that do not auger well for society.”
Osabarima stated, “There are many tourism potentials in Cape Coast, and it is important for the people of Cape Coast,” while discussing the potential for tourism in the city.
“We are protecting it. Tourism here is unbeatable. The first Methodist Church is here. The first Anglican Church is here. The Cape Coast Castle is all here, and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is with us as well. They have been supporting us in diverse ways,” he explained.
According to Osabarima, this year’s event is focused on education since it has to be addressed.
The chief stated that the schools in Cape Coast have improved Oguaa’s educational system under the subject “Celebrating our educational institution for enhancing education in Oguaa.”
“Our schools are chosen more than any other part of the country. They come through me and others, and these schools are established everywhere, both local and international, so we shall look at the role of schools in the life of Cape Coast.”
Osabarima Kwesi Atta II said: “We expect school to parade with us…to show the importance of education.”