In a significant revelation, Nana Frimpong, the chief linguist at Feyiase Akoyem Palace, has considered the recent felling of a historic tree, believed to have been planted in the early 1700s, as an ominous sign.
“Today is a bad day. And we consider this as a bad omen. We have informed the Asantehene. We are yet to make any arrests,” Nana Frimpong expressed.
Manhyia Palace, the revered seat of the Ashanti royal family, has responded to the incident where an unidentified party cut down a kola tree with profound historical significance to the Ashanti Kingdom.
Osei-Bonsu Safo Kantanka, the director of research at the palace, conveyed to the BBC that the tree’s location holds paramount historical importance for the Kingdom.
Reports from Feyiase unveiled that the ancient tree, spanning over 300 years, had been felled, with images of the severed tree circulating on social media, sparking outrage. The town, historically significant as the site of the Battle of Feyiase, witnessed the Ashanti people fighting for independence against the formidable kingdom of Denkyira.
Mr. Kantanka revealed to the BBC that the tree’s location was the very spot where the people of Denkyira suffered defeat at the hands of the Asantes.
Sources at Manhyia say the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has summoned the chief of Feyiase over the felling of the 300-year-old Okomfo Anokye Cola tree
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