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Ketu South

Region: Volta Region
Member of Paliament: Kwettey, Fifi Fiavi Frank

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Religious Groups
Catholic Church
E.P Church
Global Evangelical Church
A.M.E. Zion Church
Anglican
Light House Chapel
Assemblies of God
Pentecost  etc
These churches have branches all over the Municipality.
 
Chieftaincy
Festival celebrated by the various traditional areas:
 
Godigbeza at the  chiefs and people of Aflao
Sometutuza of somes
Zendo of Klikors
Paramouncies
 
Aflao Traditional  Area
Somey Traditional Area
Klikor Traditional Area
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
Being a strategically located constituency, naturally endowed and has relatively well developed infrastructure and services, Ketu South constituency boasts some of the best investment opportunities in Ghana, offering highly competitive returns on investment. The municipality is primarily an agricultural one, with about 70% of the economically active population engaged in agriculture.
 
Productivity is relatively high and investors in the municipality enjoy a distinct advantage due to its geographical position. The  constituency is a major producer of cassava and maize. Other important crops are cowpea, sweet potato, sugar cane and vegetables, while tree crops include coconut, mangoes and oil palm. At Penyi, cassava and gari production ranks as the best in Ghana, in terms of sheer productivity.
 
The same applies to sugar cane at Atiteti and cassava, maize and rice at Weta. Livestock thrives too, with cattle, goats, sheep and pigs bred alongside poultry. Indeed, Agbozume boasts of one of the west coast’s most vibrant livestock markets. Similarly, marine fishing is prominent along the municipalit’s extensive coastline, while aqua-culture stands out in the creeks and along rivers, dams and ponds.
 
Seven out of ten fish ponds belonging to the Agriculture “Department of the ,unicipal Assembly have been leased out to private farmers. Sustainable management of the thriving fisheries sector is being enhanced by community- based Fisheries Management Committees. Market gardening along the coast from Aflao to Adafienu has received a tremendous boost in recent months.
 
Higher earnings from export markets and financial assistance from the Agricultural Development Bank have mostly raised production of chilies and new markets are now being sought. Rising production capabilities are matched by growing marketing opportunities. Denu’s market specialises primarily in fish, especially smoked herrings, as well as other agricultural produce, which the Aflao market also excels in
 
The agricultural produce from Ghana’s Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions which come to the municipality is subsequently exported to Togo. 
 
The people of Agbozume and Klikor are particularly noted for their skills in producing Kente, a cloth for which Ghana is internationally renowned. Other industries include mining, metal works, wood and furniture, as well as other small-scale artisans. Again, Ketu South constituency’s location offers strong advantages, especially for companies which wish to operate as free-zones. Credit facilities and project support are available for investors in the trade and industry sector.
 
Both the Ghana Commercial Bank, the country’s largest bank, and the Agricultural Development Bank, the sub-region’s most successful agricultural sector commercial lender, operate branches in the Municipality. Ketu District’s heavy natural endowment extends to the mining and quarrying sector.
 
TOURISM POTENTIALS
 
There is a great potential for tourism in the Ketu District.   The constituency has these attractions for investors.
 
Benches
There are beaches fringed with coconut trees along the coastline stretching from Aflao to Blekusu. The beaches are potential tourist sites. There are however, some hotels and places of entertainment by the beaches. Some of these are: Coastal Breeze and Hotel Vilcabamba.
 
Traditional Festivals
There are many shrines in the Ketu constituency, some of which are noted for healing. Notable among them are the Nyigbla shrine of Afife, the Zakadza shrine at Nogokpo and the Adzima shrine of Klikor. These shrines observe annual festivals of ritual ceremonies, which attract hundreds of people all over the countrv and beyond. Apart from these ritual ceremonies of the shrines, there are exciting traditional festivals celebrated by a good number of communities in the constituency.
Below are some of the traditional festivals, associated shrines and their significance.
 
The Performing Arts
Apart from dance and music forms attached to shrine worship, there are many dance groups in every village and town of Ketu. These groups perform at social functions like durbars, funerals, and festivals.   The exceptional groups are the:
1. Agumadze Dance-Drama Group of Atiteti
2. Adzogbo Groups of Klikor and Aflao
3. Dagbe Cultural Troupe of Korpeyia
4. Tagbolo Group of Dzodze
5. Dogbo Dance Company of Denu
6. Norvisi Cultural Troupe of Hedzranawo
 
These groups demonstrate dance-dramas in a traditional costume, instruments and genre.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Simply put, Ketu constituency is a tourist delight, creating opportunities for visitors and investors alike. The constituency is a prime tourist destination, its attractions including the scenery of undulating savannah grass and scrubland, the Denu lagoon and the 25 kilometres of coconut-fringed unspoiled golden beaches along the Gulf of Guinea.
 
There are arrays of traditional religious shrines, weekly markets and an outstanding kente-weaving industry. There are also several colourful traditional festivals, such as the Godigbe Za at Aflao, Ko and the Glimtsoza Zendo Festival, which rotates among towns, both are held every two years. There are also the Nyigbla Festival held at Afife every February and the Somey Tutu Za held yearly at Agbozume.
 
But perhaps, Ketu constituency’s most outstanding tourist attraction, soon to come on stream, is the cultural drumming village at Kpeyia. Electricity supply, already halfway achieved, will establish it as the most intriguing tourist centre in the world for the teaching of Africa’s unique drumming skills.
 
Here lies one of Africa’s most unique and attractive tourist destinations, just waiting to happen, and private investors have an outstanding opportunity in Kopeyia’s drumming village. Indeed, with Ghana positioned as the gateway to West Africa, the Ketu District stands out as a central position in the sub-region’s economic integration.
 
Endowed with natural and human resources in abundance, the district, through its Assembly, represents the future of Ghana’s economy, and indeed, that of the West African sub-region.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
Size: 1,130 kilometres square
 
Location
It spreads over a land area of I.130sq km in the South /’eastern part of the Region. The Municipality is bordered to the North by the Akatsi District, to the South by the Gulf of Guinea. East by the Republic of Togo, and to the West by the Keta Municipal. By its strategic location, a common border with the republic of logo, the municipality serves as the Eastern Gateway to Ghana where continuous cross-border trading activities occur.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
Ketu South constituency is relatively low with altitudes from less than 15 metres at the coast and increasing to 66 metres inland. The coastline is fairly smooth and marked by sandbars. The plain nature of the terrain makes movement within the municipality  easy. The Drainage of the municipality is towards the South and is dominated by several seasonal streams that How in wide valleys between Ohawu and Ehie to end in the swamplands of Afife. The major rivers include Kplikpa and Tsiyi. There are about 6 large fresh water reservoirs (dams) -Ohawu. Kporkuve, Dzodze, Tadzewu, Dekpor-Adzotsi and Larve as well as a few small community dugouts . About 30kms of lagoon, extending from the Keta lagoon at Blekusu to the environs of Aflao also exist to provide opportunity for acqua-culture activities and salt mining.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
The constituency experiences the dry Equatorial type of climate. The average monthly temperatures vary between 24 and 30, which are general high for plant growth throughout the year. The mean annual rainfall is 890mm at the coast increasing to 1.270mm inland. The rainfall is of double maxima type occurring from April to July and September to October. The dry season, which is mainly dominated by the dry harmattan winds, extends from December to February . Generally rainfall in the area is considered low and erratic particularly along the coastal strip between Agbozume and Aflao during the minor season.
 
The original vegetation  is Savannah woodland made up of short grassland with small clumps of bush and trees found mainly in the Northern parts of the Municipality. To the South are coastal scrub, grassland and mangrove forests in the marshlands. The locally known trees are Agorti, Adzido, Atortsi and Alsitotsi. Another well-known plant is the Ketsi that is used in making mats, hats and local basket known as Kevi. Along the seashore, the plant cover does not form a continuous carpet but is dotted with herbaceous, erect or creeping plants. However, the extensive farming activities.  Over the years, reduced the natural vegetation. Amid these are cultivated holdings of cassava, maize, coconut, oil palm, and black berry trees and the occasional baobab and fan palm. The decimation of the vegetation by population pressure may have adversely affected rainfall.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
The area of the Municipality is underlain by 3 main geological formations. Viz the Dahomenyan formation to the North made up of soils such as Tropical Grey and Black Earths, the Regosolic Groundwater Lalerites, the Recent Deposits of the littoral consisting of marine sands and the Tertiary formation comprising Savannah Ochrosols for its soil type. These soil types are suitable for the cultivation of different types of crops.

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