The palace of Brenu Akyinim, a fishing community in the KEEA Municipality in the central region became the center of attraction last Wednesday when a colourful ceremony was held to outdoor a 50 year old man as regent of the town. Nana Akwaboah Nelson’s position as the regent takes immediate effect.
The event was attended by almost all the chiefs from the various communities under Brenu Akyinim, representatives of the Brenu Akyinim Youth Association and the king makers of the town. Also in attendance were the Heads of the various families in the town, Abayee, Ayensudo, Asenser, Bronyibima and Huni Valley as well as all the Nananom Nquadofo. Briefing the gathering, Ebusuapanyin of the Ekona Royal family of Brenu Akyinim, Kow Gyaabeng said, the substantive chief of the town, Nana Obrempong Kwaw Mensah, who is the ninfa hen of the Edina Traditional Council is currently battling with ill health due to old age.
In view of this, he explained the royal family came together and decided there was an urgent need for someone from the family to be elected to steer affairs of the town for and on behalf of Obrempon Mensah so that the family can concentrate on his (Obrempong’s) health. He disclosed that, the royal family upon careful deliberations and further consultations nominated and elected Nana Nelson, a nephew of Nana Obrempong as tradition and customs demand to temporary act as regent to carry out duties on behalf of his uncle. “If there is a beautiful house without a gate, the possibility of thieves going in there to steal is to be highly anticipated always. Nana Obrempong is currently receiving treatment and that he is out of town”.
He revealed. He added, “We therefore need someone to perform his traditional function that is why I am here today to officially outdoor Nana Nelson to all of you present and the Brenu Akyinim Community at large as the regent”. This statement was greeted with rapturous applause from the gathered crowed. In his acceptance speech, Nana Nelson, who is a preacher at Church of Christ, thanked the elders of his family and the kingmakers for the honour done him. He also expressed his profound gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to the Nananon Nquadofo, Brenu Akyinim Youth Association, and the good people of Brenu Akyinim as well as delegations from all the towns and villages under Akyinim who graced the palace the occasion. “I am very thankful to my elders for the great honour done me today.
I accept this honour to serve my people with great pleasure. I know the task ahead would be challenging but with your support and directions, we can achieve great result in the name of God.” The regent stated. Nana Nelson continued; “my message is that, we should all try to give chance to peace to strive in this community because it is the only tool we can use to develop Brenu Akyinim. Unnecessary litigations have drawn us back for far too long and this has adversely affected our development as a community”. “To the youth, I am very happy to see you here today. In fact you are not just the future leaders of Brenu Akyinim but also partners for development today.
I am therefore ready to work with you and everybody so that Brenu Akyinim can take its rightful path socially and economically.” He promised. Nana Obrempong Kwaw Mensah the substantive chief of Brenu Akyinim was nominated, elected and enstooled as the chief of the town by the King makers in 1981. He subsequently swore an allegiance to the Oman Hen of the Edina Traditional Area in the same year. He has since remained the legitimate chief of the town, which the citizenry known and recognized. He is also the Ninfa Hen of the Edina Traditional Council which is headed by the Oman Hen of Edina, Nana Kodwo Kondua.
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