The people of James Town (Ngleshie Alata) paramountcy in Accra led by Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V , James Town Mantse, will on Monday, August 15, celebrate a special Odwira festival to mark the restoration of the stool to a paramountcy status by the National House of Chiefs.
The National House of Chiefs on July 4 this year, announced the restoration of 12 stools from divisional to the paramount status in the Greater Accra Region.
It included the James Town Ngleshie Alata stool alongside others such as the Tema, Nungua and Osu stools.
These stools according to a statement by Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa, Prof. John S Nabila, the President of the National House of Chiefs, will continue to be members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs in their own right.
The James Town Odwira festival which forms part of the Homowo festival of the Gas will be marked with a parade of chiefs to be carried in palanquins amidst the firing of musketry and drumming through some principal streets in the area.
Nii Kojo Ababio V will lead a procession of chiefs and elders to the banks of the Korle lagoon for purification of the James Town stool.
Customary rites will also be performed within the compound of the James Fort prisons where Wetse Kojo, the founder of the James Town dynasty was buried.
The people of James Town celebrate Odwira as a result of their long association with the Akans through inter-marriages.
Nii Ababio has appealed to all descendants of the James Town stool to join in the celebration and to help plan for the development of the area.