A Brief Description and Statement of the Culture of the People
Majority of the people in the district are Ashanti’s and that they hold strong beliefs in Ashanti tradition and customs. They have strong beliefs in certain taboos, for instance, in “Ampomanka” stream, mud fish is not eaten. Farming activities are forbidden on certain days; such days are called “Dabone” (bad days).
Traditional Set Up
Traditionally, the communities are ruled by local chiefs (Adikrofo) supported by their elders including family heads.
Queen mothers also play a major role in decision making in the community. Indeed they are the king makers. All these chiefs owe allegiance to the Paramount Chief of Bekwai. The Highest Traditional Authority in the District is the Bekwai Traditional Council headed by the “Omanhene” of Bekwai.
The natives who are Ashantis form the major ethnic group with the influx of other minor ethnic groups due to farming, “galamsey” activities and secular jobs.
Communal spirit of the people in Jacobu, the district capital, is generally low compared to other communities.
These are folktales, story telling, proverbs, folklores, myths, legends etc.
Attitude and Practices
The people are generally friendly and sociable. They are sensitive to issues and policies of the government and fully participate in public fora and funerals, festivals and other social activities. Positive Cultural Practices in the District The positive cultural practices are: puberty rites (bragro), traditional marriage, funerals, naming ceremonies and installation of chiefs. Libation as a form of traditional prayer is poured during such important occasions to invoke the spirits of their ancestors.