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Video of heavy security presence as new Offinsohene drives through town after taking oath

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The Offinso Traditional Area has been sworn in a new paramount chief, 68-year-old Nana Amoako Poku, whose stool name has been disclosed as Nana Dwamena Akenten II.

The new Offinsohene pledged his oath to the chiefs and people, as is customary, before being driven around some of the town’s main streets in a video.

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As the chief waved from the top of a truck mobbed by his people, there was a substantial combined security presence there, including police officers and armed troops.

Some of the people can be heard cheering him on, claiming that he was the leader they had long desired.

Nana Wiafe Akenten II succeeds Nana Dwamena Akenten II, who held the position from 1946 until 2021.

The declaration of a new paramount chief took place during the final Asanteman Council meeting of 2023, which was presided over by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The declaration ended a long-running disagreement in which Otumfuo had rejected the Queen Mother’s selected nominee three times.

The Queen Mother, who had failed to designate a competent royal for the empty throne, was not present, so the Kwakwaboa Abusuapanyin, Opanyin Yaw Nkrumah Adusah, introduced the new Offinsohene to his people.

The Asantehene granted the Queen Mother the option to propose a candidate three times, and each time she chose Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong, a former Chief Executive.

However, her nomination was called into question since Dr. K.K. Sarpong is not a member of the royal family.

According to Asante custom, it was the Abusuapanyin’s job to suggest a candidate, which led to the introduction of Nana Amoako Poku.

 

 

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