The queen mother of Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region, Nana Abena Ewusiwaa II has noted that the “promiscuous dance” exhibited by the youth during the “Ahobaakese” festival is part of the tradition.
According to the queen mother, the dance creates an atmosphere for men who are unable to propose to women, to do so.
“Some of the men are unable to propose to the girls, so this part of the festival gives them the opportunity to propose to the women they wish to marry,” she said in an interview with Adom FM.
A video which went viral on social media showed men swinging their waist behind young girls with some fondling their breasts.
Leading to some people calling for the festival (Ahobaakese) to be scraped or banned, but Nana Abena Ewusiwaa II said the concerns raised by the public were pointless.
Watch video of the "Atopah" dance below:
She added that the dance which is known in local parlance as “Atopah dance” did not promote promiscuity among the youth like it's been peddled.