The priests and priestesses of Lower Manya in the Eastern region of Ghana have fixed July 31, 2020 to commence the Dipo rituals for adolescent girls. Nomo Enock Awasabi Gbertey of Pierngua Osiekuse in the Lower Manya Krobostate has disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with Radio Ada. According to him, the Dipo calendar has been interrupted by the lock down directives by government to curb the COVID 19 Pandemic. “The original date for the rites has elapsed but we have picked a new one to perform the rites for our adolescent girls who may not be able to wait till the coming year”, he said. Read the link for further details on Dipo.https://wp.me/p77Gv0-oh Enock Awasabi Gbertey has appealed.
Nokotoma Gbeytey further stated that the rites will be performed in two batches instead of the the previous three. The first batch will start with “Soni muormi” custom on the 1st of August and the final batch commences the following week. This was resolved in a meeting held by the “Jemeli” under the auspices of Klemesi, the current occupant of Nana Kloweki shrine.
It will be recall that, during the lock down, police in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo District of the Eastern Region arrested some elders for performing the Dipo which then was against President Nana Akufo Addo’s directive of not more than twenty five people at public gatherings in effort to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It is, however, not clear if the Dipo priests will be able to avoid problem with the police by adhering to the new directive which allows only a maximum of hundred people per public-gathering.
SOURCE:Noah Narh Dameh(noahdamehblog.wordpress.com)
A community journalist and blogger with Radio Ada, 93.3 fm.