The Nifahene introducing the new chiefs
The Nifahene of the Akuapem Traditional Area, Nana Otutu Kono III, has introduced 22 newly installed chiefs and queen mothers within the Nifa division to the Okuapehene, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, as part of the re-unification process at Akuapem.
The event, which was heavily attended by chiefs from all the Akuapem Traditional Divisions (Nifa, Benkum Adonten and Gyaase) and people from other places, was part of activities leading to the celebration of the 5 th ‘Awukudae’ at Akropong in the Eastern Region.
The Nifahene, as part of the traditional rites required for the introduction of the new chiefs and queen mothers, presented a number of sheep, bottles of Schnapps and soft drinks to the Omanhene.
Nana Otutu Kono III, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, explained that the event was meant to traditionally introduce the new chiefs to Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa and the rest of the chiefs from the other divisions within the Akuapem Traditional Council.
He pointed out that the ceremony offered an opportunity to rally the Okuapeman Traditional Council to receive vital statistics on the new chiefs and queen mothers for documentation and onward submission to the Regional House of Chiefs to be gazetted.
In an earlier development the Benkumhene, Osabarima Enyine Asiedu Okoo Ababio III, introduced new chiefs from his Division to the Omanhene.
The chiefs in the Nifa, Benkum and Adonten Divisions for the last two decades refused to recognize the Ofori Kuma Stool following a misunderstanding that erupted.
The signing of the Akuapem Accord in December last year paved the way for a ‘new Akuapem’ which brought the people together as one.
The Tufuhene of Dawu, Okatakyie Ofosu Yeboah I, who was among the newly installed chiefs, prayed that peace would always prevail at Akuapem; and advised that the factors which led to the division must be noted and avoided, with each division and all the traditional rulers playing the roles expected of them.
The Adontenhene of Akuapem, Otoobour Gyan Kwesi who is also the chief of Aburiman, reiterated the need for mutual understanding and cooperation among the chiefs and people of Akuapem.
He stressed the need to be fair play and respect among chiefs and their subjects to ensure cordial relationship.
A 70-year-old woman who spoke to DAILY GUIDE expressed profound joy for the Akuapem re-union, adding that the ancestors would equally be happy about the latest development.
By Solomon Ofori
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