On Monday, 2nd July, the populace of the James Town community was on hand at the Mantse Agbona Park to witness a charity azonto dance showdown dubbed, the Azonto for Peace dance competition.

The event, organized by the Ark Foundation with funding from Star Ghana, was aimed at encouraging a peaceful elections and unity amongst the communities in the Greater Accra region. The show saw over 24 teenagers selected from communities across the region vying for the mouthwatering top prize of GHC300 cash and a juicy hamper.

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, is a human rights NGO focusing on protection of women and children in Ghana. But like most healthy, gusty babies it has demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt that it can yell! 

The women’s movement in Ghana has in recent times been faced with many challenges – whatever there is of it, and The Ark has not been left out of the exciting and sometimes disturbing challenges.

It has been a visible and active player, contributing and participating in various causes affecting women and child rights, such as the passage of legislation harmonizing child rights and law, formation of networks and coalitions like Sisters’ Keepers and Network for Women’s Rights, and generally making a “nuisance” of ourselves on Capital and Community radio stations.

Through their efforts, Government is making appropriate noises about ensuring gender equality, more organizations are getting interested in providing services for women and child victims of violence, and more young women are gearing up to become major players on the women’s leadership and advocacy front.

The azonto for peace dance competition is one of their advocacy projects with emphasis on promoting peace especially amongst the youth in various Ghanaian communities.

With TV3 MUSIC MUSIC’s DJ Willie and Ernestina Ofoe anchoring affairs and a performance from fast rising female act, Bino, it was sheer thrills and fun all throughout, amidst great azonto tunes that got the crowd putting on their own versions of the azonto dance.

The boisterous teenagers, took turns in showing off their most creative and intricate azonto dance moves under the keen eyes of a large crowd as well as dancer cum musician Slim Busterr, Carlos Sakyi and Evelyn [a rep of Ark Foundation]; who served as judges for the competition.

In the end, Solomon emerged the best aonto dancer walking away with GHC300 cash and a hamper. The second and third place dancers also took home GHC200 and GHC100 respectively with hampers.




By Empire Entertainment