The chiefs and people of Wli Traditional Area and its Central Planning Committee (CPC) would this Easter re-launch the area’s annual festival to coincide with the festivities.
Dubbed: “Wli-Volta Easter Festival,” would be institutionalized to commemorate the famous waterfall under the auspices of VollyWood, a Hohoe-based events management and marketing outfit.
The overriding objective is to re-design the festival to be Volta Region’s finest and most strategic tourism sector initiative of competing preference on the national tourism calendar and key events to dominate programmes during Easter.
Tigo Ghana, Indomie and Star Beer are the main sponsors of the event which is being held on the theme: “Harnessing our Potentials for Growth-Celebrating Our Culture, Our heritage”.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mr Godwin Amegadze, member of the CPC, said the luxuriant forest environment designated as the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of the Akwapim-Togo ranges, has the potential to transform the local economy, “when nature is harnessed to advantage.”
He said 1990/91 period was the last time the festival was marked with pomp and pageantry and indicated that the revival of the festival would bring grandeur and development to the area and beyond.
Mr Amegadze, also an Assemblyman, said security measures were some of the strategies being deployed to protect life and property at the waterfall and car parks with the platform used to raise resources for accelerated development.
The weeklong festivities commenced last Thursday and activities would follow through to Easter Monday. A grand durbar of chiefs, people of the area and guests would be held to climax the event. Other activities are the Fall-side picnic and Tigo festival train.
Wli Waterfalls cascades from a height of 60-80 meters, is the highest falls in West Africa. The hills mark the border between Ghana and neighboring Togo. A walk through the forest of the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary offers a chance to see a large colony of fruit bats, butterflies, birds, monkeys and baboons.
Patrons would have to walk through the Rain Forest on footpaths crossing nine smaller streams in the process before being greeted by the cascading falls with splashing invigorating water particles, which soothes ones soul.
A total of 21,959 patrons made up of Ghanaian-adults and students and foreigners visited the waterfall in 2012.
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