DIPO BOUNCES BACK IN STYLE.
Dipo, the Krobo/Dangme puberty rite for young girls, bounces back as it begins this weekend.
Last year, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic, the performance in both Manya and Yilo hit a snag.
Unfortunately, in Yilo, the traditional priests and priestesses including the Dipo initiates who attempted to perform the rite were stopped and arrested by the police administration.
Besides, in Manya-Klo, the performance had to be delayed until August before it was performed by the Jemeli, even though the paramountcy postponed it.
However, this year 2021, both Konor Sakite II and the Jemeli have announced that the Dipo for this year is coming on live and coloured.
It will be commissioned this weekend at Naana Kloweki Wem at Kodjonya and the rest of the houses will also start performing from next weekend.
The Yilo Klo Traditional Council has however, postponed the rite for this year, until next year. So, Yilo Klo is not performing Dipo for this year, 2021.
The effect of this decision is that, there is likely to be a huge influx of young girls from Yilo Klo to Manya Klo to perform the rite at the latter.
Note that, Dipo is one custom in Sub-Saharan Africa that has faced massive backlash, condemnation, and criticism from Modernists, Christianity, and Human Right Activists.
But the custom continue to withstand its grounds firmly, has been resolute, and it is growing stronger by the years.
The rite is performed between April and May every year.
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Source: Kloma Hengme