By: Chukwu Joseph, And Kofi Wusu Brempong Obuasi.
The overlord of Asante Kingdom His Majesty Otumfour Osei Tutu ll, has admonished the newly sworn-in Chief of Adansi Dompoase to erase the bad history of Dompoase chieftaincy and write a new one.
Nana Kwabena Ponko, Dompoasehene -elect on Monday 5th June, 2023 swore the customary oath to the Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll Asantehene under the stool name Okofo Kwabena Bonsu ll at “Dwabrem” at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
68-year old Okofo Kwabena Bonsu ll, successor to Okofo Sobin Kai ll who was destooled in December, 2020 by Asantehene held the
“Mponponsuo”, the state sword in his right hand, espoused the greatness, achievements and conquests of his ancestors and pledge to blaze their trail. “If I fail to continue the exploits of my ancestors and fail in my duty I contravene the Great Oath of Asante”, he declared.
The enthusiastic crowd that had gathered there immediately mobbed Okofo Kwabena Bonsu ll, Bare-chested-youth carried him on their shoulders, while women besmeared him with powder amidst singing of praises, drumming and dancing the ecstatic crowd broke the security cordon to cast a glimpse at the new Dompoasehene. The sub-chiefs of Dompoase swore the oath of allegiance to Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll in turns. Kontire Division’ expressed the hope that under the administration of Okofo Kwabena Bonsu ll, Dompoaseman and Asanteman would see much progress.
Present were Nana Afrifa Tokudom lll Dompoase hemaa, Oguahyia Oduropanin Birikorang Edubiase hene, Nana Akua Dwum ll, Edubiase hemaa and the entire Dompoase Divisional council.
The Asantehene expressed disappointment in how the chieftaincy issues have been handled in Dompoase over the past century. He explained that no Dompoase chief has ever succeeded in his reign without being destooled, a record he greatly abhors. He implored Okofo Kwabena Bonsu II to make sure such a bad record is erased and a new one written. He advised that for such thing to be a reality, he needs to be respectful, embrace everyone and make sure resources are shared equally and equitably to avoid back-biting.
He however cautioned him against complacency and advised him to strive to continue to unite the people to ensure peace, stability and rapid development to improve the living standard of the people of Dompoaseman he concluded.
The Queen mother, Nana Afrifa Tokudom IIl and sub-chiefs of Dompoase who held the fort in the absence of a chief during the 30 months period looked relieved and excited that this event has become a reality.
Okofo Kwabena Bonsu ll officially Unveiled to the people of Dompoase Divisional Council at the last Akwaside on Sunday 23rd July, 2023.
Speaking for the first time as Chief he called on all and sundry to support him to put a stop to the shameful record of Dompoase and rewrite history.
He espoused the hope that under his administration, Dompoaseman and Asanteman would see much progress saying that he would be patient, tolerant, tactful and maintain an open administration. He further urged his subject to rally behind him as he seeks to bring development. He promised to create job for the youths, solve all pending disputes among other things.
Second deputy speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Fomena, Honorable Andrew Amoako Asiamah, who was a Guest urged the newly sworn in chief to count on his support and that of the government. He pledged that more developmental projects will soon flood Dompoase and it’s environs.
Okofo Kwabena Bonsu II succeeds Okofo Sobin Kai II and a number of Okofos whose reign at the helms of Dompoase Divisional Council came to an abrupt end. Okofo Kwabena Bonsu II faces a daunting task of changing the status quo and rewriting history, he is poised to live up to the task.
A number of Adansi Dompoase Chiefs was descended on the throne including Okofo Akwasi Boabeng ll Okofo, Tabiri Agyei III, Okofo Sobin Kai ll, in few years.
Nana Kwabena Ponkoh ll known in private life as farmer who was emerged as the 2020 National Best Cocoa Farmer for the 36th edition of the Farmer’s Day Celebrating held at Techiman, the Bono Reginal Capital on Friday 6th November 2020.
Nana has a total of 72.11 hectares of cocoa farms in Obuasi; producing over 3200 bags of annually.
The new Chief is a immediate past AbusuaPanin of Adansi Dompoase Divisional Council in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
Source: Obuasi Tv.