About Apoo Festival
Apoo festival is a festival for the purification of the people of Techiman and its environment to rid them of social evil. It is usually celebrated in the month of March but extends into the month of April. Apoo comes from the root word ‘Po’, meaning ‘to reject’. In context, Apoo means the rejection of evil, abominations, calamities, curses, worries, and other forms of social menaces. During the celebration, the people concentrate on purifying themselves and the land of their sins.
The significance of the festival is to gain favour from the royal ancestors to ensure a bumper harvest at the end of the year. There is a period set aside when anyone from the area provides feedback to whoever has offended him or her; insinuations are cast on the evil doings of some of the citizens. The Chief and his people are also brought under scrutiny and are provided with ideas for improvement.
The festival is climaxed with Nananom of Techiman Traditional Council dancing to Apoo music.
me haw” which literally meant “I am going to say what was on my chest (mind)” and this was how the “Apoo” festival came into existence. The significance of the festival among others are to measure the people in authority and also to enable them give account of their stewardship, protect and preserve their cultural identity as a people as well as promote the well being of the people.
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