ECONOMIC POTENTIALS UNDER THE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR
The Sefwi Wiawso Municipality abounds in rich tourism potential which when harnessed could serve as second employment after Agriculture. The following are some identified tourist sites found within the Municipality that the Assembly has prepared enabling environment to partner the private sector to develop them as the Municipality has attain a Regional Capital status.
The Tree of God (NyameDua)
The Tree of God is located at Nyamebekyere, a distance of about 5 km from Wiawso. It is told that about 150 years ago, a farmer stuck a machete into the stump of a tree. The tree re-started to grow and has continued to grow ever since. Today the machete is completely surrounded by the trunk of the tree.
Okomfo Anokye Akoma
This is sacred grove located in Amafie, a distance of 3 km or 25 minutes’ walk from Wiawso the Municipal capital. The legendary fetish priest, Okomfo Anokye of the Golden Stool fame of the Asante Kingdom, was believed to have practiced his trade here. He was reported to have danced and made acrobatic displays on a rope tied between two distant trees, like the legendary Niagara Dare devil of Niagara Falls.
Sacred Tortoise Forest
It is a sacred forest preserve in which a giant tortoise lives. When one sees the tortoise and picks it, there turn to be total darkness in the forest. Until such a time that the tortoise is left for light to re-appear, one will not be able to find a way out of the forest. It is located at Sefwi Boako, a 21 km distance from Sefwi Wiawso.
The Ancestral Hole of Bosomoiso
The Royal family of Bosomoiso, a community of 4 km away from Wiawso, is believed to have originated from this hole. It is believed to be a bottomless hole. It is surrounded by trees but no leaf falls into it. The hole is alleged to have healing powers.
Eco-tourism (forest reserves)
Rich cultural heritage- yam festival or ‘Ellulue’ and ‘Bontro’ festivals.
As part of effort to promote tourism in the Sefwi Wiawso Municipality through the projection of the Ellulue festival, the Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Sefwi Wiawso traditional council organized some programmes to project and attract tourist into the Municipality for the November 2021 Ellulue festival.
Also, the Assembly supported the festival with GHC 10,000.00 to organize cultural show in the ground durbar at the forecourt of the Sefwi Wiawso Palace. During the durbar, there was competition of cultural troops to exhibit various traditional dances such as, Adowa, Kete and Asafo.
The Sefwiman cultural troop emerged winners of the competition and Amafie Bosoe cultural troop was second. Other activities include: Dwirasa- where clay and crab are put on the neck of the paramount Chief. (katakyie Bumaagama II) and Cultrual display by Abadam, Bonsan cultural troops.
In the nutshell, the 2021 celebration of the Ellule festival enabled the Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly and Sefwi Wiawso Traditional council to project the rich cultural heritage Sefwi’s to Ghana and the world at large. It also attracted tourist all over the globe and diaspora from Sefwi to contribute to the holist development of the Sefwiman.