History has it that the mystic significance of the Bakatue festival is to bring all sons and daughters of Edinaman together in a very unique way. Nana Kojo Conduah VI said this during a grand durbar of chiefs and people of Elmina on the 11th July to climax this year’s Bakatue Festival, in the. Bakatue Festival. Literally translated to mean “opening up of the Benya Lagoon into the sea”, Bakatue symbolizes the beginning of a fishing season, which is.

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Residents of Elmina came out in droves to witness and participate in their annual festival. There have been Occasions when the usual funfair has not accompanied this ritualistic meeting.

Nana Conduah VI took the opportunity to call on the president HE John Mahama to restore payment frstival monies accrued from the Elmina castle to the Edina Traditional council immediately to help Edinaman develop.

You agree not to post any material which is knowingly false, obscene, hateful, threatening, harassing or invasive of a person’s privacy. That a Shrine was to be constructed by Amankwa in honour of Nana Benya which was to be the consecrated abode of the tutelary deity and from which Nana Benya would be invoked in times of need.

All necessary customary activities are performed on this day. He also expressed his appreciation for the ongoing construction of the Bridge over the Benya Lagoon and the fish processing factory which are nearing completion. It is celebrated in honour of the founder of the central town, Elmina the headquarters to Edina Traditional Area. This resounding of the third and final Dombo takes us to Tuesday morning the much-awaited day.


Benya naturally flows into the sea. Apart from boosting tourism, clean environment would also make them live healthy life and prolong their lifespan.

State Courtiers and all concerned citizens take their right positions and get themselves ready to watch the drumming and dancing and to consult the oracle and answer spiritual enquiries when necessary. The young men do this as penance for wrongs and defilement blameable against women folk. A fishing bakatuue was cast on his orders for the first time in a month to signify the lifting of the ban on fishing.

It also portrays the rich cultural heritage which spiritually inspires Edinaman as a people bakatud a common ancestral descent.

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It is a historical festival which portrays our unsurpassable rich cultural heritage; that which spiritually inspires us and makes us proud as bakatuw people of with a common ancestral descent. A cookie may be set on your computer.


To inform you of new comments, should you subscribe to receive notifications. On the following day, the moral significance of the festival is reflected by the vulgarity of demonstration by men folk causing a lot of embarrassment to women of childbearing age. After which there is the riding on the lagoon by women in Kente cloth and local festive headgears. He pleaded with HE John Mahama to restore the payment to enable him fund his educational fund to support needy but brilliant pupils and students within the Traditional Area.


After the procession and the giving of various addresses by select chiefs and invited guest, the chief priest casts his net three times into the Brenya Lagoon.

Nana Conduah VI called on all citizens to celebrate but in moderation. The administrator has the right to edit, baaktue or remove any comment for any reason and without notice.


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Omanhen, chiefs and indigenes of Elmina in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem municipality of the Central Region on Tuesday celebrated their annual Bakatue Festival amidst pomp and pageantry which displayed their rich cultural heritage.

The willful neglect of this expensive obligation may force a defaulter to go into banishment, as non performance of the purification rite is sacrilegious. It is an annual festival, observe by the chiefs and people of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana. Privacy Policy This policy contains information about your privacy. Politically it calls or peace and unity for the inhabitants of Elmina town and peaceful co existence between Elmina Township and its satellite traditional allegiance settlements.

The traditional choristers Apaafo and drummers Tentenfo get ready to sing and beat the drums with Omanhen, Ba,atue, and Stool holders. Festivals in Ghana Elmina. Please enter the link of the image.