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Tweneboa Kodua reincarnated

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Tweneboa Kodua reincarnated

From Richard Owusu-Akyaw

Kumawu has a new chief in the person of Dr. Emmanuel Yaw Kantanka Sarfo-Asante, following his nomination by the Queen, Nana Serwaa Amponsah.

He swore the oath of allegiance to kingmakers and stool elders at a solemn ceremony last Thursday, in the presence of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s representatives, in the persons of Nana Yaw Mensah and Baffour Antwi Bosiako, Otumfuos’s linguist, and Akyeamehene respectively.

Dr. Yaw Sarfo-Asante swore the oath to the Gyaasehene and Nifahene Twafokanhene, Sarmanhene, Drobonsohene, Twafohene, Barmuhene, Kyeame Agyakum, Kyeame Kakari Acheampong, Kyeame Baafi, and Kyeame Koduah who also took turns to swear their allegiance to the new chief.

They advised him to unite the people and bring development to the Kumawu Traditional Area and Asanteman in general. They hoped he would be trustworthy and a good leader.

Photo Reporting: Tweneboa Kodua reincarnatedAnswering to the stool name of Barimah Tweneboah Koduah, after the legendary Tweneboah Koduah, as the 24th Chief of Kumawu and President of the Kumawu Traditional Council (KTC), the new chief promised to champion the development of Kumawu and defend it at all times, come rain or shine.

The Nifahene of Kumawu, who is also the Chief of Bodomase, Baffour Atta Tweneboah, urged the physician to be transparent in his dealings with his subjects as a leader based on truth and honesty.

The Sanahene of the KTC, Nana Osei Amponsah, swore to be serviceable to the new chief.

The Kumawu town went rapture as the new chief was paraded through the principal streets dancing to the fontomfrom beat amid heavy and tight security by the police.

Nana Ntim Banahene, Krontihene of Essumeja the Traditional Area was in attendance. Conspicuously absent at the colourful ceremony were Nana Peprah Kodua II and Nana Akwasi Baffoe, Krontihene and Akwamuhene respectively of Kumawu, who were believed to have been taken ill shortly before the ceremony.

Kumawu is one of the five prominent states, including Kwaman (Kumasi), Mampong, Essumeja and Juaben in the Ashanti Kingdom which came together to form a Union (Amantuo Num) to accept the Golden Stool as a symbol of unity, and to swear the Oath of Allegiance to Opemsuo Osei Tutu I, the Asantehene.

Following the poor showing of the coalition forces of Ashanti against the Denkyiras in the War of Independence, Nana Tweneboah Koduah, who showed bravery, was asked by Komfo Anokye to sacrifice his life to ensure Asantemasn’s victory, to which he (Tweneboah Koduah) obliged for the sustenance of the Ashanti Kingdom, and for which the title of Barima was awarded to successors of Tweneboah Kodua.

With the installation of an Adansihene last March, and a Kumawuhene last week, the Essumeja chieftaincy issue currently remains the outstanding one for deliberation and determination by the Asanteman Council.

Source: The Chronicle, http://thechronicle.com.gh/?p=82161



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