Once every year in July the chiefs and people of Nungua celebrate the Kplejoo festival. Kplejoo is traditionally celebrated as a forerunner to the annual Homowo festival celebrated by other Ga lineages in the Greater Accra Region during which the Traditional Priest and Priestesses perform various rites in honour of the gods and pray for bountiful food and fish harvest.
It is a song- and drum-based celebration which sees the people of the land sing special songs and perform one special activity called “Obeneshimo” which signifies the journey of the Ga people from Israel to their present settlements. Over the years, the culturally and historically rich festival has been celebrated somewhat on the quiet, but all that is about to change as the Chiefs and people of Nungua gear up to make Kplejoo a National Celebration with immense tourism and creative arts benefits starting July 2019!
Welcome July in Nungua! An annual event designed to inject some extra splendor and spectacle that takes Kplejoo beyond the festival it’s always been known to be to a weekend long event that brings together artisans, businesses, celebrities and people from all over the world. Slated for this weekend starting Friday July 12th to Sunday July 14th, July in Nungua will see activities including football matches between a special Nungua select side vs. The National Under 21 football team, art and business exhibition, a games arcade and more.
All these activities climax in the biggest outdoor music fiesta ever to be staged in Nungua and its environs to be headlined by industry giants, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy with other acts including Medikal and Strongman, Nii Funny and Wisa, Article Wan and Patapaa and a lot more! On Thursday 20th June, franchise owners for the July in Nungua concept, Florex Sports and Media and Liberty Industries, together with some members of the media and the agency mandated to produce the event, Charterhouse Productions paid a courtesy call on His Royal Highness Nobel King (Prof.) Odaifio Welentsi III, Paramount Chief of Nungua Traditional Area and the President of Nungua Traditional Council, and the Wor – Lumor Konor Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru Gborbu Wulomo – Shitse Overlord of the Gadangme State, to officially present to them the concept and benefits of a new annual event called ‘July In Nungua’.
A statement read by a member of the entourage of His Royal Highness Nobel King (Prof.) Odaifio Welentsi III, the Paramount Chief of the Nungua Traditional Area stated, “Your letter has received warm reception. I have been further directed by the King to inform you that he is a lover of music and also a chorister. Therefore, in that regard, you have his blessing and permission to carry out the proposed plan”, Actor John Dumelo and television presenter Johnny Hughes were part of the well-known faces who graced the occasion to show their support for the initiative and look forward to a great event this weekend.
Kpoo Keke July in Nungua is a Nungua Traditional Council event presented by Liberty Industries. It is produced by Charterhouse with support from Florex Sports and Media and proudly brought to you by Kpoo Keke! His Royal Highness, King Professor Odaifio Welentsi III, Worlumor Borketey Lawe Tsuru, Shitse, Nii Botwe Laryea II, and the entire Nungua Traditional Council, invite the world to join them celebrate July in Nungua; Our festival, our culture!