Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) restriction on drumming and loud noises is announced in advance of the Homowo event.

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Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) restriction on drumming and loud noises is announced in advance of the Homowo event. Accra’s nightlife fans might find the city empty for the time being, as loud music and celebrations are forbidden until further notice.

Nightlife within Accra’s traditional Ga jurisdictions, including Osu and Labadi, is currently experiencing this partial hiatus as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has imposed a ban on drumming and noise-making

This order benefits all Accra citizens and is in effect from Monday, May 6, to Thursday, June 6, 2024. 

Churches must hold events inside their buildings and refrain from playing musical instruments while the prohibition is in effect. Similarly, loudspeakers outside taverns, churches, and mosques are forbidden.

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In a statement issued on Friday, May 3, 2024, the Accra Metropolitan  Assembly (A.M.A) stressed that roadside evangelization efforts should cease during this time. 

Along with emphasizing respect for one another, the statement called on religious organizations and Traditional Authorities to refrain from disparaging one another’s practices and beliefs. 

In addition, the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) has enforced rules that prohibit funeral customs and associated events. 

The statement made it clear that the only groups authorized to enforce noise reduction restrictions in the city are the Ghana Police Service,

In a statement issued on Friday, May 3, 2024, the Accra Metropolitan  Assembly (A.M.A) stressed that roadside evangelization efforts should cease during this time. 

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Along with emphasizing respect for one another, the statement called on religious organizations and Traditional Authorities to refrain from disparaging one another’s practices and beliefs. 

In addition, the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) has enforced rules that prohibit funeral customs and associated events. 

The statement made it clear that the only groups authorized to enforce noise reduction restrictions in the city are the Ghana Police Service, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) staff, and representatives from Traditional Councils who can be identified by tags.

Four churches were each fined GH¢3,000 last year for disobeying the prohibition on drumming and making noise. The churches had to register with the Ga Traditional Council with one sheep apiece and a box of schnapps (castle bridge). 

The churches were the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (Abeka-Lapaz), Faith Independent Baptist Church (Kotobabi), St. Margaret Catholic Church (Dansoman SSNIT Flat), and Winners Chapel International (Head Office). 

The Faith Independent Baptist Church stated that they used microphones at lower volumes when they appeared before the Ga Traditional Council court on Thursday, June 22, 2023. However, the court, presided over by Jamestown Sempe Mantse and Mankralo of the Ga State, Nii Adotey Otintor II, insisted that this contradicted the directive prohibiting drumming and making noise.

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