Otumfour meets Okyehene at Kyebi (Photos)

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The 75th anniversary celebration of the Late King of Akyem Abuakwa, Nana Ofori-Atta, has been launched as part of efforts to celebrate his life and achievements.

      

The late king who was one of the few educated chiefs in the then Gold Coast was a steward.

Nana Ofori-Atta, also referred to as Amantiremanmienu which literally means ‘he who bestrode two worlds’, he was also the longest-serving African on the Legislative Assembly (then the de facto Parliament) of the Gold Coast.

The event which took place at Ofori Panin fie, under the auspices of Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin was highly attended by all divisional chief’s and queen mother’s within the Abuakwa Traditional Area.

Speaking at the durbar grounds, the Ashanti Monarch said he accepted the invitation of Okyeman because they have a long history of good relationship.

“Nana ofori Atta did a lot for the Ashanti kingdom. Even my uncle Agyeman Prempeh thanked in the past, I’m also here to thank him for what he did for Asanteman. He was the lead advocate for the release of Nana Agyemang after he was exiled to Seychelles.

“I want all to understand that Ashantis and Akyems have no issues, we have a long standing relationship. Our forefathers related very well. And we all came from Adansi and built our communities. In indeed we are one people,” Otumfuo said.

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.

Nana Ofori Atta did a lot for the Ashanti kingdom. Even my uncle Agyeman Prempeh thanked him in the past; I’m also here to thank him for what he did for Asanteman.

He was the lead advocate for the release of Nana Agyeman after he was exiled to Seychelles. I want all to understand that Ashantis and Akyems have no issues.

We have a long standing relationship. Our forefathers related very well. And we all came from Adansi and built our communities. Indeed, we are one people,” Otumfuo said.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Isaac Nsiah Foster

 

 

 

 

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