The festival is observed in the first week of September, to thank the gods for protecting the people throughout the year. Cape 93.3FM, a private radio station has introduced what is popularly referred to as “Orange Friday”.
Deriving its name from the City, Cape FM introduced the Orange Friday Carnival with the aim of celebrating indigenous Cape Coast music and culture. Being the first of its kind, the maiden event recorded about 30,000 participants comprising the youth and adults alike.
Amidst frenzy brass band music, masqueraders, dressed as colonial masters as well as African warriors, dance to typical traditional songs of Cape Coast. The costume is indeed a spectacle to behold. Spectators also line up the streets waving to the procession as they pass by.
Besides, there are those who ride on trailers, while dancing to popular hip life music. Indeed, Orange Friday is one event that both the young and the old look out for during the Fetu Festival. Prominent personalities in and outside Cape Coast patronize the ‘Orange Friday’ carnival.
In 2014, the Cape FM Orange Friday Carnival recorded approximately 40,000 participants. Civil society organizations, corporate entities and individuals joined the carnival to outdoor and promote both new and existing products and services.
Politicians were not left out as one could see Orange T-Shirts branded with political party logos and slogans. The major streets of Cape Coast became a no-go area for vehicles for several hours. Even those who could not participate in the carnival were seen clad in their orange colours climbing tall buildings to cheer on the participants. The carnival promises to be more eventful this year as Ghana moves into an election year in 2016.
Clad in all orange, this years’ Orange Friday Carnival comes off on Friday the 4th September, 2015. The procession commences at 3pm from the Ayifua Junction through the principal streets of Cape Coast. Revelers would finally be treated to good Ghanaian music when they converge at London Bridge.
Unlike in the 1800’s where carnivals were linked to revolts, the Cape FM Orange Friday Carnival seeks to stimulate a revolt in the entrepreneurial capabilities of the youth of Cape Coast. This has been adequately captured in the theme of this years’ carnival, “Promoting the economic viability of cape Coast through youth entrepreneurship”.
To realize this, Cape FM has since engaged youth entrepreneurs in and outside Cape Coast on our platforms to share their experiences with our audience. Additionally, we engage career coaches and motivational speakers to speak to the theme. It will be a great time to be in Cape Coast and it will be greater getting involved in these activities marking the Fetu Afahye celebration.
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