This year’s Ngmayem festival was launched at the Akuse Club House with many densities around the Country.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Mark Okraku-Mante who launched the festival described chiefs as the Custodian of Ghana’s rich culture and tradition. He also praised the chiefs and people of Manya Krobo for the Establishment of the Ngmayem Festival.
The Ngmayem Festival is an annual harvest festival celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The festival was established by Nene Azu Mate Kole in 1944, some 79 years ago as this year 2023 to replace the already existing festival called “Yeliyem”, which literary means ‘eating of yam’.
It is usually celebrated in the month of October. The festival is celebrated for one week, mostly the last week in the month of October of every year.
The theme for Ngmayem Festival 2023
This year’s edition of the Annual Ngmayem festival will be on the theme “Development in Unity’’.
Program outline for the week’s celebration
Saturday 21st October, 2023;
There will be a Health walk from Kpong to OdumaseLaasi Park, Clean up Exercise And the kick start of the community Gala.
Sunday 22nd October, 2023
Kutu (Tradition Supplication) at the Konor’s Palace and ollowed by a church Service.
Monday 23rd October, 2023
Yokama (ideal woman’s day), Dipo and Klama Dance at the forecourt of the Konor’s Palace Fellows by a Mini Durbar of the Djebiam Division.
Tuesday 24th October, 2023
Educational forum for the Senior high Schools in the Traditional area.
- Mini Durbar- Piengua Division at Osiekuse
- Mini Durbar- Manya Aklomuase at Manya Kpongunor
Wednesday 25th October, 2023
Aklemer (pilgrimage to the Royal Mausoleum) with a Durbar at the forecourt of the palace (Tradition Dressing).
Canoe Racing in the evening.
Thursday 26th October, 2023
Klowem (pilgrimage to the Ancestral Home), Traditional Cooking Competition and funfair.
Mini Durbar of Akwenor Division
Mini Durbar of Suisi Division
Mini Durbar Dorm Division
Friday 27th October, 2023
Grand durbar at the Oklemekuku Laasi Park
Documentary on the Slaver Jubilee Celebration of Nene Konor at the forecourt of the Konor’s palace
Saturday 28th October, 2023
Finals of Football Gala
Ngmayem Music Concert
Sunday 30th October, 2023
A Non- Non-Denominational Thanksgiving Service at Laasi Park.
Meaning of Ngmayem
The meaning of Ngmayem is ‘Eating the New Millet’. The festival is a commemoration of the plentiful Harvest of Millet, which is called ‘ngma’ and it is a period in which the people of Manya Krobo give thanks to their creator for protection and the plentiful harvest.