African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

VISUAL ARTS IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE ASAFOTUFIAMI FESTIVAL

ERIC APPAU ASANTE, KOFI AGYEI AND ERNEST KABUTEY

  •  Received: 24 June 2016
  •  Accepted: 24 August 2016
The arts in the Asafotufiami festival serve as strong communication tool for the Ada culture. The visual arts and their roles in the Ada Asafotufiami festival are almost completely overlooked when it comes to the analysis and appreciation of the festival. The Asafotufiami festival is annually celebrated in pomp and pageantry as it embodies various forms of art; it has shown a remarkable capacity for survival in spite of several socio-cultural influences. During its celebration a lot of indigenous visual arts of the people are displayed. However, most of the youth and even some adults who participate, observe and or read about the festival do not know the philosophies or beliefs behind them. This study therefore seeks to provide adequate information on the visual arts characterizing the festival and the role they play in the celebration. The qualitative method of research was employed for this study. The study covered the Dangme East District (Ada) in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Data were collected through observation, field note and interviews. Population of the study included traditional leaders, opinion leaders, participants and educational facilitators of the Ada state. The study revealed that, the visual arts pay significant role in the Ada Asafotufiami festival as they portray the beliefs, traditions and aspirations of the people.

Keywords: Visual Art, Festivals, Celebration, Asafotufiami