Ga priests stop Banku, Powers bout

The widely anticipated bout between two of

Ghana's local boxing heroes –– Bukom Banku

and Ayittey Powers –– has hit a new snag, after

previous postponements.

The bout, scheduled for the Accra Sports

Stadium, had previously been postponed twice,

after Ayittey Powers pulled out –– initially on

the advice of his spiritual mentor, T.B Josuah,

and later because he was unfit to fight.

This time around, it is ancient traditions among

indigenes of Ghana's capital, Accra that could

force possible postponement of the bout or

relocation of the venue for the fight.

Citi News has learnt that some local chiefs in

the Ga State are calling on the Ghana Boxing

Authority [GBA] to reschedule the bout, which

incidentally is between two natives of Bukom ––

an Accra suburb.

The chiefs say the bout, which has been

scheduled for May 16, 2014, will disturb the

annual ban on drumming and noise making,

which precedes the yearly Homowo Festival of

the Gas.

Homowo, which literally means "hooting at

hunger", is one of the colourful festivals

celebrated by the indigenous people of Accra.

It is characterized by rituals such as the

sprinkling of "Kpokpoi" (the festival dish) to the

gods and ancestors for spiritual protection. The

festival also involves procession of twins

through the principal streets of Accra,

traditional drumming and dancing and general


Local traditional priests slap a ban on noise

making a month before the celebrations.

"On the 16th of May we the Gas have a

traditional custom called ban on drumming and

dancing," the Youth and Development Chief at

Gbese Amotsiwe, Nii Ayafio Tetteh I told Citi

News. "What we hate around that time is

disturbances because that is the time where the

gods also work for us the Gas".

"There is no way they are going to tell me this

fight would come off without any disturbances

so what we are saying is that they should have

a chat with the Ghana Boxing Authority to

reschedule the date, or the fight should be

taken to another region but not in Greater


He added, "Otumfuor is celebrating his 15th

anniversary and there is no funeral going on in

the Ashanti Region. This shows how people

respect the Ashanti Kingdom so we the Gas are

not going to take any chances at all in the Ga


Two previous postponements of the much-

anticipated bout sparked a firestorm of public

anger, compelling the GBA to threaten

sanctions against Powers for being truant.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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