Artistic elements in the festivals of the Effutus-Ghana

Although the arts in Effutu festivals make a particularly vibrant and far-reaching contribution to their culture, little or no attention has been given to it. The energetic and enthusiastic characteristics associated with the involvement of these arts in the festivals play functional, economic and aesthetic roles which are indispensable to their culture. The Aboakyer festival involves two Asafo cohorts and they use different artworks for the celebration which widens the artistic scope of the festival. These art works involved in the festival have direct link with the culture, history and traditions of the Effutus, making them requisite for the celebration. Since these art works have a direct link with the culture there is the need to document them for cultural perpetuation. The Akomase festival, which is the second festival for this study has received less attention by writers due to the low patronage also needs a scholarly documentation. The study made use of the qualitative research which employed the descriptive and narrative design for data presentation. The study concluded that the artistic elements in the festivals of the Effutus are enormous especially the Aboakyer festival. However, it is recommended that Effutu Traditional Council should have a museum or gallery for keeping the artworks used in their festivals and train personnel to educate people about the roles they play in the festival and artistic elements in relation to their culture.
A thesis submitted to the Graduate School, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in African Art and Culture.