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Sokpoe Traditional Area urges Queen mothers to empower women and children

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The Paramount Chief of Sokpoe Traditional Area, Torgbega Kadzi Zogah III, has urged Queen mothers from his area and beyond to lead by example and empower women and children in their communities for development.

Speaking at a durbar held in Sokpoe, he called on Queen mothers to continue their hard work in bringing the best out of children. The chief commended Nana Hemaa Awindor, the Afigya-Kwabre Nkosoohemaa, and the Executive Director of Obaapa Development Foundation for championing an annual event dubbed “Obaapa Women and Children Day” aimed at promoting and advocating for women and children’s empowerment.

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Torgbega Zogah said parents also have key roles to play in grooming children to be good future leaders, advising them to control what their children do at home to ensure they grow up with good morals. He cautioned parents to desist from buying expensive clothes during festive celebrations and invest in their children’s future.

Nana Kweku Kumi I, the Sanaahene of Agona Duakwa, urged society to take full responsibility for training children to be good citizens. She added that the chieftaincy institution was not only about dressing in expensive clothes but about developing society, and this is what Queen mothers must champion.

Nana Hemaa Awindor, the Founder of “Obaapa Development Foundation”, acknowledged the residents of Sokpoe for their cooperation in promoting women’s and children’s empowerment over the past four years.

The Foundation, in partnership with “Unity Queens” led by Mamagah Adzesu II, the Paramount Queen mother of Sokpoe Traditional Area, also toured some schools in the South Tongu District to educate them on issues such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, early marriage, menstrual hygiene, domestic violence, and child abuse.

The aim of the tour was to impact and build the confidence of children, especially girl child education in society. The event, which formed part of the annual ‘Tortsotso festival,’ celebrated by the people of Sokpoe, also saw the presentation of citations to some hardworking teachers and students. There were displays of rich traditional culture, an “Obaapa cooking competition,” and more.

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