The Dipo Ceremony is a ritual performed for Krobo women in Eastern Ghana.

Dipo trains a young girl who has gone through puberty for her role as a woman, and celebrates this rite of passage through adornment of her body with traditional beads and jewellery.

The Girlhood to Womanhood festival is celebrated in the month of April every year.

Q What is Dipo culture?

The girl child's transition from childhood to adulthood.

Dipo, is of prime importance in the development of the Krobo community of Ghana.

The transition acknowledges the part women play in the welfare of society; hence the performance of elaborate puberty rites for girls.

The goal of Dipo is to assist pubertal girls in transitioning into adulthood by shaping moral values and social responsibilities, learning home management skills, and preventing risky sexual behaviour.

Q How is Dipo celebrated?

On the first day of the rites, the girls have their heads shaved and dressed with cloth around their waist to just their knee level.

This is done by a special ritual mother and it signifies their transition from childhood to adulthood.

They are paraded to the entire community as the initiates (dipo-yo).

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