The 2016 edition of the Aboakyer festival will be climaxed this weekend in Winneba.
The festival is celebrated by the Efutu people of Winneba traditional area along the Coast of Ghana. It is one of the commonest and important festivals celebrated in the Central Region of Ghana.
The Aboakyer festival is a deer hunting event organised in honour of the tribal god of the people of Winneba called "Penkye Otu". The god receives an annual sacrifice of a deer from the people. It is usually celebrated in the month of May.
This year’s event includes various activities including popular artistes drawn from across the musical genres to perform at the several spots and entertainment centres in Winneba.
Notable among the activities are the parade of deities by the two Asafo companies, the deer hunting and the processions and merry-making on Saturday.
What is unique about this year’s festival is that the climax of the festival has been shifted from Saturday to Sunday, May 8.
The festival is believed to have originated about 300 years ago when Efutu people occupied their present home along the Coast.