The Nzima Kotoko people of Cote d’ivore or Ivory Coast and neighbouring Ghana, West Africa turned in their thousands to celebrate the Abissa festival. This festival is a festival of forgiveness and rebirth taking place in end of October and beginning of November. It is held at Grand Bassam Town which is also the capital of the Kingdom of Nzima Kotoko people.
It is graced by HM King of Nzima Kotoko currently King Desire Awuola Amon Tanoe and his Queen. The king arrives carried in a pallaquin escorted by a dancing girl. Various groups dance adoorned in traditional kente cloth and body art work. The event is usually attended by both young and old and is considered a free period to call out the wrong doers who confess and are forgiven.
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