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Bad News For People Of Elmina

Bad news for the people of Elimna(Edina) has it that, this year’s edition of the annual Bakatue Festival has been cancelled for the second time by the King of Elmina, King Nana Kodwo Conduah VI.

This decision was taken into consideration after a deliberation with the traditional council and Brand Elmina and this is due to the massive spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic which hit us in the early months of last year, 2020.

This was made known to the general public in a press briefing and speaking on behalf of the King Nana Kodwo Conduah VI, Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V, Chief of Atonkwa and Akwamuhen of Edina Traditional Area.

He however made it known that together with the organisers, Brand Elmina, majority of the events will be done virtually and also all traditional rites that must be done will be observed.


The Bakatue translation means, “opening of the lagoon” is a festival celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana to remember the pact made between man and god when the founder of the town, Kwaw Amankwah made an agreement with the spirit of the Benya lagoon when he went thirsty for 3 days during a hunting expedition.

The festival, established at least as far back as 1847, is celebrated on the first Tuesday in the month of July every year and start with Bakatue or opening of the lagoon

On that Tuesday, the chiefs of the various towns of the Edina state and the people display their rich tradition, culture and heritage. The King of Edina State, Nana Kodwo Conduah VI leads the rites and supplications that are made to the ancestors.

This festival is a 6 weeks celebration with a lot of activities!

Source : Brand Elmina

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Akwamuhen Bakatue Festival Edina Elimna( Elmina


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