Authorities at Dzodze in the Volta region of Ghana have revealed that their annual festival; Dzodze Deza will be particularly exciting and spectacular this year.
A statement issued by the planning committee of the Palm festival say the festival slated to start from Friday 23rd September, will end on Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 at Dzodze in the Volta region of Ghana.
The Dzodze Deza celebrations began in 2002 to among other things salvage the oil palm from depletion, rejuvenate the oil palm industry in the area and then foster unity, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The weeklong Deza is packed with an array of traditional and innovative programs with a grand durbar on Saturday 1st October 2016 to climax activities of the celebration. There shall be sightseeing at all the farms that have multiple palm trees grown out of a single palm trunk including the oldest “seven in one palm tree” (Deti adre).
The theme; “15th Dzodze Deza-Bringing the people together for peace and development” was carefully chosen with the political climate in the country now in mind.
The Guest of Honour for Festival is H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Authorities from Dzodze are extending a warm invitation to all sons and daughters of the area as well as Ghanaians and diasporans to show up and participate in this year’s activities.
“Dzodze in its formative years was surrounded by thick forest, mostly oil palm, which shielded the people from regional warfare and slave trade activities. The oil palm industry was unique to the people of Dzodze, since most farmers were engaged in oil palm cultivation.
In the early days, Dzodze was among the few towns in Ghana that had considerable oil palm plantation and actively featured as a producer of most palm products. The Palm oil, Palm kernel oil, Palm wine, Local Dry Gin (Akpeteshie), Palm fronds for baskets and roofs were all produced in Dzodze to feed the nation and for exports.
Following the continuous depletion of the forest and the ensuing felling of the palm trees due to high market demands, the Palm festival ( Deza) was instituted in 2002, to among other things salvage the oil palm from depleting ,rejuvenate the oil palm industry in the area and to foster unity through forgiveness and reconciliation.”