It is one of the pillars on which a good family is built. It has been practiced for centuries.

House keeping money, known in our local parlance as "Akonhoma" is predominantly a man's responsibility but over the years, debates have risen whether it should be a shared responsibility if the woman is working.

As to how it got it's name akonhoma literally meaning a rope around the neck remains mystery. Probably a man freely walking in independence chose to hang himself with the rope of a responsibility to take care of a lady and children he will bring forth to the world.

Sharing his opinion on the issue, Head pastor of Liberty Assemblies of God Rev. Joseph Danquah noted that catering for the family financially is a man's responsibility and failure to take up that responsibility affect his authority as head of the house.

"Should it be the case that the man contributes and expects the woman to do same, then who owns the authority of the home. The man has to do this to demonstrate his superiority and dominance over the home" he noted.

Not that withstanding, Rev. Danquah advised wives who for a reason or two are keeping the home to accord the necessary respect desired of a man as the head of home to instil discipline and mutual respect between the children and their father.

The leadership of Newmont Workers' wives led by Mrs Ellen Abutsiate and Joyce Ofori also indicated that the "Akohoma" can be traced to the time of Adam and Eve and hence men should not shun away from that responsibility basing their argument on Gen 3:18-19

"18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,   and you will eat the plants of the field.19 By the sweat of your brow  you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” they quoted.

Newmount Workers' Wives Association is a group of prolific wives of the workers of Newmount Ahafo Mines who have come together to champion women empowerment.

Mr. Daniel Dayee the Regional correspondent for the Daily Guide also said the house keeping money guarantees the man the pride of leadership in the home.

"That's the pride of every man. It reemphasizes ur manhood in the home. Its appropriate to pay her back if she foots the bills herself immediately your purse swells" The expressive writer asserted.

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