The Role of Art in the celebration of Asogli Yam Festival and its Significance to the Socio-Economic Development of Ghana

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The celebration of Asogli Yam Festival by the people of Ho, Kpenoe, Takla and Akoepe comes with the expression of joy and happiness. It is a period for social integration, display of rich culture and stock taking where artistic and economic features of the festival are displayed both knowingly and unknowingly. The study therefore sought to highlight the artistic aspects of the festival as well as its socio-economic features. This was successfully executed by giving a detailed description of the activities of the festival based on the rites and rituals performed. As a result, a framework was established which helped the researcher to classify the specific art forms used during the festival into groups and also to explore its socio-economic interests. With the historical background of the people, a comparison has been made between the Asogli Yam Festival of the past and present in which clear-cut ideas were developed for possible improvements on the festival. The study has succeeded in exposing the rich culture of the Ewes and for that matter the Asogli people to readers and at the same time exploring the economic fortunes of the festival which was facilitated by the appreciation of the arts. The Descriptive Method of research was used by the researcher to describe and interpret events. This was combined with statistics in the form of tables and figures to analyze and interpret data. Data was collected using questionnaire, observation and interview. The Stratified Random Sampling method was used to obtain the sample population for the study. The study was grouped into six chapters. Chapter one talked about the introduction. Chapter two dealt with the review of related literature, chapter three centered on the methodology for the study and chapter four consisted of the analysis and discussion of data. Chapter five included the presentation of the main findings and chapter six talked about summary, conclusion, recommendations, appendix, glossary and references.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in African Art and Culture.