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Yeyeeye or Akwele Suma Yee. The Twin Festival Celebrated by the people of Ga Mashie

Twins are miracles that come in pairs. Double blessings from the God of fertility. To bless the family, community, and country as a whole. 

In the month of August the ancestors of old. Calls upon the spirits of the young. To embrace their identity and culture whilst remembering the traditions passed on from generation to generation. 

Every August, the people of Ga Mashie convene to celebrate the twins in the community. The Twin Festival Spirit Procession is referred to locally as the Ye Yee Ye or Akwele Suma, festival and is part of the annual Homowo celebrations. 

The word Homowo means ‘Hooting at Hunger’ and the Ga people celebrate Homow the remembrance of the famine that once happened in their history.

Families with twins perform special cleansing rites in their compounds. This special cleansing involves a concoction (baawoo), which contains herbs to cleanse from any misfortune. Traditionally, the Nai Wulomo (chief priest) dressed in white prepares the baawoo before the various twin houses – seeking permission on behalf of all twins of the traditional area from the gods. The baawoo consists of 7 Herbs: ntonme, hii abaa, nyanyara, adibli, adwere, tsalai and too lilei. All together mixed with seawater, schnapps, and egg in a traditional bowl called tsese. 

The Nai Wulomo will firstly purify himself with the baawoo to honor the spirits of the twins, embeds confidence, self-fulfillment, peace, financial wealth, and wellbeing. Then recites prays and pours libation and expresses words to the spirits and gods.

The twins will cleanse with the baawoo and the tsese with the remnants inside will be carried in the street procession followed by the twins. Before embarking on a celebratory procession through the town to the spiritual house of the Ga Mashie.

Yeyeeye or Akwele Suma is a celebration of fertility and twin blessings. Twins from the Ga Mashie communities dress identically mainly in white and some are often covered with white clay which signifies victory, purity, joy, and longevity, and parade in the streets of James Town on Friday either the second or third week in the month of August on the eve of the annual Homowo Festival.

During Yeyeeye or Akwele Suma also known as the Twin Yam festival. The twins will eat Otɔ or eto which is mashed yam with palm oil. Also cut up Yam is placed at all entry and exit points of the shrine to invoke the benevolent spirits to the ceremony.

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