Odweanoma is a word from the Akan language spoken in Ghana. It is used to describe something that is good or beautiful. The Odweanoma mountain is situated in the Atibie-Kwahu enclave in the Eastern region of Ghana, on the west shore of Lake Volta. It is one of the highest habitable elevations in the country, replete with natural attractions.
This mountain is the second-highest mountain in Ghana of a height of 2500meters above sea level. It is surrounded by one of the natural forest reserves in the country. The mountain is surrounded by communities such as Obo, Asakraka, Bepong, Mpraeso, Ahenase, Abetifi, Atibie, Pepease, Nkwatia, Tafo, Nteso, Burokruwa Aduamoa and Twenedurase.
The forest has been preserved for its ecological benefits as well as how sacred the Kwahu inhabitants consider it to be. The road up the mountain is a winding single lane from the Atibie township through a tropical forest that also towers over Atibie and other nearby communities.
Upon the mountain top in the early hours of the morning, the dense fog makes the sky tends to be much closer such that, it can be touched with a hand. The view of Nkawkaw from here is breathtaking and at the same time scary, because it has a gradual slope, which drops off suddenly at the edge.
The Kwahu Mountain as the Ghanaians call it, is one of the natural sceneries which can serve so many recreational purposes. One of such is Hiking. Hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness.
Hiking is basic to many sporting activities and is also widely recommended and practiced a form of physical training.
Hiking provides physical, mental and social benefits to the individual. It improves overall fitness, and builds muscles, helps lose weight, improves blood pressure, lowers risk of heart disease, makes you creative, improves mental health, makes you happier and boosts social life.
Furthermore, the mountain is used for paragliding which is a growing sport in Ghana. Paragliding is a recreational and adventurous sport or activity of flying a paraglide, which essentially consists of a suspending rectangular wing connected to a harness (where the pilot of the paraglide sits) by suspending ropes. It is an exciting sport that helps one to release stress.
In addition, the mountain also has ancient caves and shrines where the people of Kwahu remember their ancestral lineage and offer a libation to express their appreciation to their ancestors. Visit to these caves is adventurous which takes a lot of adrenalin but culminated in joy.
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