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 Kolein 1944, some 78 years ago 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.
Meaning of Ngmayem
The meaning of Ngmayem is ‘Eating the New Millet’. The festival is a commemoration of 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.
The traditional area has, for the past two years (2020-2021), not celebrated the annual Ngmayem Festival due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 and other challenges beyond the control of the traditional council in 2021.
The theme for Ngmayem Festival 2022
This year’s edition of the Annual Ngmayem festival will be on the theme “A time for togetherness’’.
Program outline for the week’s celebration
Saturday 22nd October, 2022;
There will be a Health Screening, Clean up Exercise And a Health walk from Kpong to Odumase Laasi Park.
Sunday 23rd October, 2022
Kutu (Tradition Supplication) at the Konor’s Palace and fellowed by a gospel Rock Show later in the evening at the forecourt of the Konor’s Palace
Monday 24th October, 2022
Yokama (ideal woman’s day) at the forecourt of the Konor’s Palace Fellows by a Mini Durbar of the Djebiam Division.
Tuesday 25th October, 2022
Quiz competition by the Senior high Schools in the Traditional area.
Mini Durbar- Piengua Division at Osiekuse
Mini Durbar- Manya Aklomuase at Manya Kpongunor
Wednesday 26th October, 2022
Aklemer (visit to the Royal Mausoleum) with a Durbar at the forecourt of the palace. Tradition Dressing.
Thursday 27th October, 2022
Klowem (visit to the Ancestral Home)
Mini Durbar of Akwenor Division
Mini Durbar of Suisi Division
Mini Durbar Dorm Division
Friday 28th October, 2022
Grand durbar at the Oklemekuku Laasi Park
Street Jams in the Evening
Saturday 29th October, 2022
Miss Ngmeyem Beauty Pageant
Sunday 30th October, 2022
A Non- Denominational Thanksgiving Service at Laasi Park.
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