A carnival to celebrate the end of a successful Ramadan was held at
Nima, in Accra, to showcase the different aspects of the culture of
The yearly event, dubbed, Sallafest, saw a procession of chiefs of the
various northern ethnic groups in the country dressed in their
traditional regalia with some riding on horsebacks.
They were followed closely by their subjects who sang their native songs
and danced to traditional tunes while exhibiting their rich culture.
Young children, adults, and the elderly who could not join in the
energetic performances, stood along the roadside cheering the performers
and exchanging goodwill messages while some gave gifts and money to the
The event is largely credited for bringing together thousands of Muslims across the Muslim communities in Accra on one platform.
Many non-Muslims who were attracted to the carnival also danced to the
tunes of popular Ghanaian songs while others took the opportunity to
Members of the various political parties also joined in the carnival,
playing and dancing to their party songs to thank Allah for victories in
the last year’s general election.
Traders were not left out, as they made good sales due to the large
number of participants, who were ready to spend on friends, families and
Comparing this year’s celebration to that of last year, the Greater
Accra Gromah Community Chief, Alhaji Suleimana, told the Daily Graphic
that there had been improvement in the comportment of the youth.
He said the celebration would continue to be improved upon each year and
urged Muslim youth to avoid immoral acts as that could bring the wrath
of Allah on the society.
According to him, when the youth avail themselves to the good teachings
of Allah and avoid immoral acts, they would be able to contribute
positively to the society.