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Akan

Region: Volta Region
Member of Paliament: Ofori, Kwadwo Joseph

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Ethnicity:
Kadjebi constituency is ethnically diverse. It is predominantly a settler community. Only 19.4% of the population is made up of indigenous Akans. 47.5% of the population is made up of Ewes and the remaining 33.1% is shared among the Guans, Kotokolis, Ga-Dangmes, and Mole Dagbanis etc.
 
Language:
The Akan language is the predominant language spoken in all the major communities in the constituency. However, Ewe is spoken alongside Akan in all the communities at social gatherings and state functions. Other widely spoken languages include Hausa, Kotokoli and Chamba. The English Language is also spoken among government officials.
 
Religion:
Christianity is the predominant religion in the constituency. About 65.4   of the total population of 51,998 are Christians. This is followed Islam (28.4%) while others practice Traditional religion.
 
Traditional Set-up:
The indigeneous Akan group has eight (8) Traditional areas, namely  Kadjebi, Asato, Dodi, Dodo, Dapaa, Ampeyo, Pai and Hamansu. Each Traditional area has a Paramount Chief,Divisional chiefs, Queen mother and Chief linguist. These groups have Headmen who normally pay homage to the Paramount chiefs.
 
Communal Spirit:
In the Akan traditional areas, Thursdays are observed as taboo days for people not to farm. The day is therefore set aside for communal labour in which every one is expected to participate. Sanctions in form of fines are imposed on those who fail to attend. 
 
Festivals:
There are two major festivals celebrated by the Akans in the constituency. The Kwasidae Kese or Kuntukunu festival is celebrated by the people of the eight (8) Traditional areas. It comes off on Sunday, the last forty-two (42) days to the end of the year. The Dawurokese festival is celebrated by the people of Kadjebi in every three (3) years.The Fontonfrom, Adowa, Kete and Ositi drums are played at such celebrations.
 
The significant of the festivals is to
(a) Bring together chiefs and people of the traditional areas to assess past performances
(b) Raise funds for the support of development programmes and projects of the areas.
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
Agriculture holds the biggest investment potential in the constituency and this, along with agro-based industry.
 
The major cash crops are coffee, cocoa, oil palm and recently, ginger. Others are maize, rice, cassava, yam, kola, plantain, banana and cocoyam. Vegetables are also grown extensively. There are spices too, including black pepper. Extension services and other forms of technical advice are available for investors interested in setting up agricultural operations.
 
Alternatively, interested investors can devise schemes on a nucleus/outgrowers basis involving contractual production, since some groups of producers in those fields are able to obtain credit from either the Sankofa Programme’s Micro/Small-scale Credit System or the Business Assistance Fund. Another area of strong potential in the Kadjebi constituency is in mining and quarrying.
 
Since 1989, there have been scientifically backed indications that there are gold and diamond deposits in some parts of the constituency. However, no firm has, as yet, gone into any reasonable scale of prospecting for these resources.
 
Similarly, the constituency has a vast discontinuous stretch of deep, good quality clay deposit stretching from Asato, through Kadjebi to Dodi area.
 
But the most lucrative economic activity in the constituency for now is timber extraction for timber processing. Wood of high economic value is predominant in the copnstituency, with common trees being Odum, Wawa, Wabbembe and Offram.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Tourism:
The Kadjebi Akan constituency has a number of sites of historical, Cultural,  scenic and ecological importance, which tourism value and  potentials have not yet been fully tapped. These include: - 
(I) The Fetish Shrine at Totto Hill (Dodo Traditional Area)
(ii) Kpexor Stone Pillar (Nyonku No 1, 5 km northwest of  Papase)
(iii) The Stone Cave - Kpeto
(iv) The Resounding Well (4 km west of Papase)
(v) The Embroided Inscription in a rock (Butabe)
(vi) Obuletey Cave (7 km north east of Asato)
(vii) Coiled Palm tree (1.5km from Kadjebi)
 
These land marks and others such as Forest reserves and wet lands that occur in the constituency must be subjected to a series of viability tests in order to develop them as tourist sites to boost the image and revenue base for the constituency.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The constituency is located in the lower belt of the Volta Region of Ghana and forms part of the four (4) northern constituencies of the Region. It is bordered to the North by the Nkwanta District, to the South by the Jasikan District, to the West by Krachi and to the east by the Republic of Togo.
 
The constituency has a total land area of 949-km2.The Strategic location of the district promotes cross border activities with the republic of Togo.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
topography
The constituency has an average height of about 180 metres above sea level rising to about 600 metres towards the Ghana-Togo Boarder.The constituency is blessed with beautiful landscape of hills,mountains and valleys.The landform, however is not a hindrance to road construction in the constituency.
 
drainage
Three(3)major rivers run through the entire constituency. They are the Asukawkaw,Wawa and Menu rivers that take their sources from the Akwapim-Togo hills and drain into the Volta Lake.River Asukawkaw is the largest of the three,and flows for about 25km into the lake.These rivers offer possible basis for the introduction of small-scale irrigation activities in the agriculture sector in the constituency.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
climate
The climate in the constituency is characterized by average monthly temperature of about 25°C and rainfall is between 1400 mm and 1800mm. Rainfall is generally heavy and starts from March and ends between October and November each year. The peak of rainfall occurs in June. These conditions are conducive for agriculture production.
 
One major climatic problem, facing the constituency is severe rainstorms, which destroy farm crops, buildings and also cause severe soil erosion in some places especially during the rains. Also, the prolonged drought during the dry season (December-March)is a major source of worry to farmers who are engaged in dry season agriculture production, especially vegetables.
 
vegetation
The Kadjebi constituency especially in the rainy season is generally green with trees covering beautiful landscape of mountains, hills and valleys. 90% of the constituency is predominantly covered with secondary rain forest. The forests have economic trees such as wawa, mahogany, odum, red wood, raffia palm and bamboo grooves to Support the wood processing industry.
 
Animal and bird species such as antelopes, monkeys, glasscutters, weaverbirds and parrots abound in the forest. The forest reserve with its animal and bird species is potential for eco-tourism development in the constituency.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
geology
The constituency is predominantly underlined by the Buem formations which forms 70% of the total rock.The Togo series occurs to the eastern sides of the district to form the remaining 30% of the sub terranean structure.The constituency is made up of quartzite,phylites,arkose,shale and sandstone.There are also traces of alluvial gold deposits on the banks of river wawa and clay deposits at Asato,Dodo-Amanfrom and Kadjebi.However,prospecting for alluvial gold in large quantities are being carried out along the banks of wawa river at Ahamansu.
 
Also the quality of the clay deposits is yet to be assessed by the Geological Department on behalf of the Assembly.Further feasibility studies on these deposits will have to be carried out in order to determine their quality and viability for exploitation. There are large caves located in some hills which could be developed into tourism in the constituency. The most predominant type of soil found in the constituency is the forest ochrosol.
 
soil
This soil includes the alluvial loams, which are found along the three major rivers in the constituency. The soil supports the cultivation of agricultural crops such as cocoa, plantain, cocoyam, cassava, yams, maize and rice.

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