Kwasi Addai Odike
The chief of Asokwa, Nana Fe-Baamoah, is being asked by the former flagbearer of the United Front Party (UFP), Kwasi Addai Odike, to pay GH¢405,000 in compensation as a precondition for the revocation of Antoa Nyama curse placed on him (chief) and the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Kojo Bonsu.
Odike, who invoked the powerful Antoa Nyama deity to deal with Kojo Bonsu and the Kumasi Asokwa chief over a land issue in respect of his (Odike’s) DVLA testing project, filed the demand for compensation at the Asantehemaa’s court where the case is being heard.
The fetish priest of the Antoa Nyama shrine, Nana Asiamah, had asked Nana Fe-Baamoah and the KMA boss to compensate the UFP leader as part of the settlement of the spiritual duel between the parties when they visited the place to reverse the curse.
At a sitting yesterday, members of the Ohemaa’s court—made up of Kontinso and Nkomson divisions—adjourned the case to Friday to bring finality to the matter.
On Tuesday, Odike demanded to be paid a compensation of GH¢810,000 to defray the debts he had incurred in securing and clearing the land situated along the Asokwa-Ahodwo roundabout road, but Nananom requested him to reduce the quantum of the money.
Kojo Bonsu, in April this year, begged the elders of the Asantehemaa’s court through his siblings, to persuade Odike to revoke curses he had rained on him, as he (Bonsu) was apprehensive and uncomfortable about the damning consequences of the curses.
Sequel to a no-objection stance by the former UFP flagbearer, the traditional court asked Kwasi Addai to lead them to the Antoa shrine for a ritual to be performed to neutralise the said spiritual powers inherent in the curses.
The mayor, however, failed to show up for the spiritual battle on the appointed day, after it was carried in the media, denying vehemently through his spokesperson, Samuel Gyamfi, that he had not directed anyone to appeal on his behalf.
According to Gyamfi, his boss had done nothing wrong to solicit the compassion of the former UFP leader, and that the apology supposedly rendered on Kojo Bonsu’s behalf was done by the people in their individual capacities.
The mayor’s failure to show up at the Manhyia Palace for onward visit to the Antoa shrine was seen by Odike as treating the authority of the Asantehemaa’s court with contempt.
Odike then told DAILY GUIDE he would report back to the traditional court today to seek direction as to how to proceed on the case before it, due to the mayor’s latest move.
He stated that he and the Asokwahene, Nana Fe-Baamoah, as well as a delegate of Nananom, Sister Abena, arrived at the Manhyia Palace on time and waited till 11:00 am, hoping Kojo Bonsu and his family members would show up for the revocation ritual, but they did not.
Odike was said to have gone to the houses of Kojo Bonsu and the Asokwahene and allegedly cursed the two, using some eggs and bottles of schnapps, having been incensed by the destruction of his property.
The KMA boss, feeling uneasy, filed a complaint at the Asantehemaa’s palace through his sister, Ahenenana-Hemaa Nana Afia Kobi, where Akwasi Addai Odike was convicted on his guilty plea for breaching Otumfuo’s order, and sentenced to a fine of 24 sheep, which were later reduced to 12 – for contempt.
Odike was cited for traditional contempt after he openly admitted to having invoked three powerful river deities against the Kumasi Mayor and the Asokwahene over the destruction of his property.
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From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi
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