Otumfuo storms Ofori Panin Fie in historic return visit

Otumfuo Osei Tutu of the Ashanti kingdom will today embark on a historic return visit to the Ofori Panin Fie to meet the Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.

The Ashanti Monarch is the special guest of honour at a grand durbar to mark the 75th anniversary of the late Okyenhene, Sir Ofori Atta. The Okyenhene is the host of the event.

The visit comes on the back of an earlier one by the Okyenhene to the Manhyia palace on the invitation of the Otumfuo some months ago.

The two major traditional leaders have been deemed to be historic enemies following the ancestral wars fought between their forefathers in colonial Ghana.

Historians say the two powerful ethnic groups became enemies after pre-colonial politicians such as Captain George Maclean and Commander Hill pitched them against each other.

The development eventually led to the killing of Opemsuo Osei Tutu II while crossing River Pra in 1717 by the Akyems.

Speaking to Morning Starr on today’s meeting, historian Dr. Samuel Adu Gyamfi said the two current traditional leaders are friends beyond the stool.

“The current Asantehene has a relationship with the Okyehene beyond the stools. The Asantehene would agree that he rather bridges the history between Asante and Akyem on the basis of social collision. The stools upon which chiefs sit represent their power. Traditional leaders understand the nature of power balance,” he told Francis Abban Thursday.


Source: Starrfmonline.com

Six Queen-mothers to Join House of Chiefs

Queenmothers from six paramountcies in the Eastern Region on Monday attended a day’s seminar on the modalities for their selection into the Eastern Regional and the National houses of chiefs in Koforidua.

The queenmothers, who were taken through some aspects of chieftaincy and roles to be played in the house were Nana Adwoa Gyamfua (Kwahu), Manye Korlekuor Adjado III (Yilo Krobo), Nana Yaa Daani (New Juaben), Nana Adutwumwaa Dokua (Akyem Abuakwa), Nana Akua Asantewa III (Akyem Kotoku) and Nana Kwantima Minkyem II (Akyem Bosome).

Currently, only the paramount chiefs, all males, constitute members of the Eastern Regional and the National houses of chiefs and the queenmothers have persistently agitated for their inclusion in the houses.

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Dr Seidu Danaa, who addressed the queenmothers, said they were expected to play various important roles in the houses of chiefs that would help advance their traditional areas and Ghana in general.

He said in view of the fact that not all the paramount queenmothers would be made members of the august house, his outfit, together with other stakeholders, would come out with a modality for selection.

Dr Danaa, who also dwelt on some legal issues in that respect, was hopeful that the queenmothers would be able to assist the paramount chiefs in all aspects of deliberations to advance the chieftaincy institution.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, who also addressed the queenmothers, was not happy that most often, issues affecting women were relegated to the background and expressed the hope that the proposed admission of queenmothers to the houses of chiefs would go a long way in addressing issues affecting women.

The Regional Minister dwelt on some issues relating to chieftaincy and made it clear that although the government would not involve itself in chieftaincy disputes, it would not allow such disputes to generate into chaos or anarchy.


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Onua FM Gyakiti Easter

Easter celebration in the Akwamu area of the Eastern Region was this year taken to another level as Accra-based local radio station Onua FM joined hundreds of revelers in and around the area for a four-day jam-packed event.

In a year that the overhyped Kwahu Easter festival saw a dip in patronage, the Onua FM Gyakiti Easter Festival attracted relatively high patronage, at least considering the fact that the event is still in its infant stage; two years old.

For four days, Gyakiti was on lockdown with happy people, good music, musical and dance performances, beach party and sumptuous local foods.

Not even the remoteness of Gyakiti in the Asuogyaman District, which is about 40 minutes drive from Akosombo, as well as the dusty nature of the road to the town could deter holidaymakers from joining the Onua FM Easter train to the place.

Upbeat about the exciting experience Gyakiti had to offer following the involvement of Onua FM and the successes of last year’s event, hundreds of revelers made the town the nerve-centre of Easter celebrations from Easter Friday to Easter Monday.

The four-day event kick-started with the Onua FM Gyakiti Easter train from Accra on Friday, March 30 dishing out great music and goodies to enthusiastic crowds at Somanya, Kpong, Atimpoku, Akosombo and Adumasa.