Culture is so rich when the young ones are also allowed to have a bite of what the forebears have laid down. At least, by so doing, it affords them the opportunity to learn and grow well in appreciating societal values.
Basic school children across the length and breadth of the Anlo State, on Wednesday, 1st November, 2023, marked the children Hogbe Durbar in grand style. What has become an annual celebration brought together school children who dazzled and looked resplendent in their beautiful kete and beads.
Amidst drumming and well-choreographed dancing steps, the basic school children brought their respective towns to a standstill. Deep in the procession were mocked Chiefs and Queen mothers with other royal entourage. They were uniformly followed by the Asafo Groups who chanted war songs in solidarity.
At the respective durbar grounds closely followed by the Rymcitigh Team, there were reverberating sounds of known ensembles like Atsiagbekor, Misego, Agbadza, amongst others. The enthusiasm at which they showcased the cultural significance of the Anlos was a delight to watch.
Some school children interviewed had this to say.
“This has always been a day that we looked forward to. We also want to feel part of the festival and we are happy. Hogbetsotso Za is our own festival. We love it”.
“Ah! On Tuesday, I had to go to my grandmother for her kete and some beads because I have never missed any of the Basic School Durbar. This is my last time because I would be writing BECE next year. I would forever cherish the memories”.
The 61st Hogbetsotso Za celebrations enters its final days as the main durbar is slated for Saturday, 4th November, 2023, at Anloga.