Thousands of Ewes on Saturday, May 25 thronged the premises of Parks and Gardens in Volta Region’s capital, Ho to enjoy variety of their staple food in the first ever food party to hit the region, Volta1 TV Wobeti Akpleza 2019.
The Akpleza saw catering groups from across the region and neighbouring Togo (Good Morning Africa) showcase their cooking skills to ensure visitors were served with finger-licking meals.
Patrons who showed up were served to their fill for free with their only hustle being choosing their favourite corn-meal, and the soup to go with it plus Wobeti Atadwe Ginger Drink from sponsors, JD Company.
From eworkple, amorkple, tsigadzikple, amorkukple, dzenkple, ayikple, galikple, ewordemikple, (akple varieties of Ewes), fetridetsi, aborbitadi, amadetsi, ademedetsi, fetritoto, lamumudetsi, light soup, palm-nut soup to groundnut soup, people were spoilt for choice.
The maiden show organised by Volta 1 TV, Volta’s premier Television station located in Ho attracted known personalities in the entertainment industry including Volta’ s own Chilly Mama, Lil Win, Kwaku Manu, Patapaa, Gavivina Tamekloe, and the acclaimed “food lover” Kwame Dzokoto of ‘Edziban’ fame.
Also in attendance were former President, Flt LT. Jerry John Rawlings, a citizen of the land, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Johnson Avuletey, Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Nelson Akorli, traditional leaders among others.
The day was not all about food as there were traditional drumming and dancing, spiced with poetry recitals on the need to uphold and cherish the Ewe culture and, musical performance from great talents from the region including Seyram.
Chief Executive Officer of Volta 1 TV, Dzifa Attivor expressed appreciation for the level of excitement the event generated and promised of sending the second edition to the Anlo area, the true lovers of akple.
Secretary to Association of Ewe Chiefs, Torgbui Duho II who led a retinue of chiefs and queens to the event, assured the organisers of maximum support from chiefs of the land.
Leader of Atsa Catering Group and Miss Hygiene 2018, Ho School of Hygiene, Vinolia Ayikpa described the event as successful and one of a kind and called on the organisers to make it an annual one to enable the region display its beautiful cuisine to the world.
Speaking to Voltaonlinegh on the sidelines of the event, General Manager of Volta1 TV, Egypt Korbla Kudoto said it was all about promoting the rich foods of the Ewes and getting the younger ones to appreciate their local foods.
Mr. Kudoto said the Akpleza “has come to stay” as Ewes citizens home and abroad had shown enormous enthusiasm and hinted that Akpleza would be featuring at this year’s Council of Ewe Associations of North America (CEANA) festival in September.