The Wangara community in the Ashanti region of Ghana has called for peace and tolerance among various tribes in Zongo communities. The tribal head, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Watara, made the call during the annual “Kurubi” festival. He emphasized the need for each tribe to understand and tolerate cultural differences, allowing individual tribes to practice their culture and traditions. Only then can there be peace and unity in Zongo communities.
Alhaji Watara further urged the Zongo communities to unite for development and become a focal point of decision-making. He called on all tribes to forgive each other and come together for the greater good of the people. The “Kurubi” festival, which celebrates the migration and achievements of the Wangara ancestors in Ghana, showcased the rich culture of the people of Mande and their traditional attire.
During the festival, young virgins sat on a wooden platform known as the “Kurubi Gbata” to display the Kurubi dance, and single men had the opportunity to choose a partner. It is believed that those who have had premarital sex will fall from the platform, thus exposing those who maintain their virtue of virginity. The festival aims to promote and instill the value of virginity among the youth during the festival period.
The Wangara community’s celebration featured various cultural dances and performances from Wangara communities across the Ashanti region. In a goodwill message, Naaba Musah Akambonga, President of the Ashanti Regional Council of Zongo Chiefs, urged Zongo communities to maintain peace and harmony, as laid down by their forefathers. He also urged the youth to be mindful of their words when speaking in public.
For the most part, the message from the Wangara community at the “Kurubi” festival is timely and necessary. The call for peace and unity among tribes in Zongo communities is essential for development and progress. It is vital to understand and appreciate cultural differences to foster a harmonious coexistence. The festival’s promotion of the value of virginity among the youth is also commendable. In a nutshell, the “Kurubi” festival is a beautiful celebration of the rich culture and traditions of the Wangara people and serves as a reminder of the need for tolerance and peaceful coexistence in Zongo communities.