Tosh, In Essense.
Nana Akrase | 4/15/2010 8:00:00 AM
1) Historically, Bono is the cradle of all Akan people. According F. K. Buah, (2000) History of Ghana (p. 9), the Bono Kingdom (1328-67) was the first Akan kingdom to emerge in Ghana. The capital of the Bono Kingdom was Bono Manso. Professor Adu Boahen, (1980) a renowned Historian, also confirms this in his book; Topic in West Africa History (p. 60).
Most Scholars and Historians had come with a view that the first towns in Ghana were Bono Manso and Begho, which were all located in present day Brong Ahafo Region. When the Bono Kingdom collapsed, other kingdoms like Akwamu, Akyem, Adansi, Denkyira, Asante and also emerged subsequently.
Akrase's Response: Bono is not the cradle of all Akan people, neither is it the first Akan settlement or the oldest Akan settlement in Ghana. Akan history, predates Bono by thousands of years. Limiting ourselves to Ghana, Adanse, is a far older settlement of the Akan, by far much older than Bono. Yes, a sizeable proportion of Akans settled in Bono, that however doesn't imply it was the oldest. The Akyem, as far as I can recall, have no traditions of a settlement in Bono, so too, a proportion of the Asantes---some Asantes settled in Bono though. The Abuakwa too, didn't settle in Bono. Neither did the Abrade Aduana. In veiw of the position of Bono, it certainly will be the case that some of the migratory, will have passed through it, before arriving at their various destinations.
Read the following, which I wrote for publication on Joy Fm, though so far, they've refused to post it:
''Bono Manso---now in ruins, was the capital of Bono Manso kingdom, and was founded initially as Manso by the indigenous Agona clan of perhaps the indigenous Gyamma people. The Gyamma, Dewoman and other indigenous Akan people, the Bono, came to meet. Later, being more numerous and powerful, they, the Bonos, by usurpation, took the State power and leadership. That was when, the Bono, prefix, was added to Manso))."
From the above then, how can Bono claim to be the oldest? How can you claim to be the oldest civilisation when, you met other Akan people, already domiciled on the land, a people of whom, you displaced? The Gbono(Bono), after a fierce battle with the Mossi(they had already come down and settled from their original lands in Burkina Faso and further up, Timbuktu, Gyane or Gyana(a name from which Gyan is derived, I believe)---present day Jenne in Mali. Note that most of the Akans--not Bonos alone, were in this area, and indeed founded those considerable towns and settlements on the Niger.
The Bonos, were a part of the Akan, who moved down fairly early, as compared to the other groups. They first sojourned in Mossi(geographically and in the past, all the lands, from the Black Volta upwards to even Timbuktu, was loosely referred to as Mossi---it doesn't imply ethnicity, though, intermarriages might have occurred), specifically in the Burkina Faso area. Later they moved down to the present day Gonja(Gbonya) area. It was here, that after while, they fought a fierce war with the Mossi and lost, leading to their ouster from those lands. Hence they crossed the Black Volta, and took shelter in caves in Amowi, Yefri and others.
The land on which they sought refuge, was in the hands of other indigenous Akan groups, such as the Gyamma and Dewoman( I own my land people). It was these people who taught the Bono(though an Akan group, yet didn't have those traditions), how to wear cloth in place of the fugu, they were used to, and also, the use of wooden Stools as objects of kingship and Queenship.
Yes, the Bono, despite the numerous propaganda, also learnt from others. The Akan group, who taught the Bono refugees, these, were said to have of the Abrade stock of Akans.
2)"When the Ashanti Kingdom also collapsed in 1878, some states like Denkyira, Kwahu, Akyem, Sefwi and others broke away from Ashanti rule. However, due to a strong links between the Ashantis and the Brongs, Brong remained a vassal state under Ashanti rule."
Akrase's Response: Yet again, a typical false sob story, bandied about to arouse feelings of contempt/enmity for the Asante in the Brong and thereby, strengthen the position of the renegades in Brong Ahafo.
Totally false. The Brongs were never vassals of the Asantes. Yes, Bono Manso was defeated, but Bonos were not enslaved. There's no record of any annual tributes to Kumasi by any Bono Chief. Bono, became a part of Asanteman, took part in wars, shared and enjoyed the spoils of conflict, as indeed any other Asante chief did. The defeated Bonohene, or Bono Abadiakyiri, depending on which account one goes by, was very well treated in Kumasi, and even became a great friend of Opoku Ware I, Okatakyie. Infact, it was he Ameyaw, who taught King Opoku Ware I, some despotic practices, which nearly cost him Opoku Ware I, his kingship.
Bonos never rendered any mean services to any Asante chief. Those who were resettled in Asante, continued in the respective roles, they had had, when the Bono Manso Kingdom was in existence.
Consider the following accounts:
a) The Wenchihene, an authentic Bono(unlike the nowaday loudmouth pretenders like Dormaa(self-styled perpetual Asantehene against), Drobo, even Berekum, Suma, Nsoatre, Gyaman) of an even older Bono dynasty than the Bono-Techimanhene, said the following in the 1930s, as regards the services he rendered to the Asantehene.
Customarily, in the whole of Asanteman, it is the Wenchihene and the Asantehene only who are allowed to sit on elephant skin(Banwoma)---this is in itself, a proof of the fallacy of the propaganda that the Bonos were enslaved. Had it been so, would the Wenchihene be allowed a continuation of that privilege? This is what he had to say: His area abounded in elephants and he had elephant hunters of renown amongst his people.
When the Asantehene had need of securing some elephant parts, he made a request of the Wenchihene usually. But, and note the crucial difference, a delineator of whether one is regarded as a slave or not. The Asantehene, caused to be sent to the Wenchihene, gunpowder and bullets, from he the Asantehene's own resources. It was with this, the Wenchihene, provided his hunters, the necessaries.
If indeed the Bonos were slaves or vassals as the false propaganda suggests, wouldn't it had been expected that the Asantehene would simply order the Wenchihene to get him whatever he needed, and wouldn't have cared how he managed to obtain them?
b) Read another account from Gyaman, debunking the silly and untruthful propaganda.
Notes on Ashanti Gyaman Relation;
Tano River was the earliest boundary between the King of Gyaman
and the King of Ashanti. The Ashantis passed through the Brong country to
Bontuku to exchange gold for slaves (they never sold slaves at Bontuku)
beads, and kyekye a locally woven cloth. It is not true (I had quoted
Dupuis to the informants) that the Ashantis employed slaves to dig for gold
in the river Barro (known to the chief and his courtiers as Bar).
Nor did the Ashantis collect annual tributes from the Gyaman State. The Gyaman
people, like other subject peoples were, at the end of the Ashanti wars,
asked to pay a share of the war expenses assigped to them by the King of
Ashanti. Nor did the Gyamans generally fight in the Ashanti wars.
Specifically, only four villages, namely Biriasou, Kohoe, Sahou, Wurukuso,
which were granted in fief to the Akyempimhene by Opoku Ware, ever
fought in Ashanti wars.
The Chief of Bantama - Krontihene - of the Kumasi State was the
Adomfo of the Brongs at the Ashanti King's Court. That is to say, the
chief of Bantama introduced Brong or Gyaman chiefs to the King of Ashanti.
Here, the war tax referred to, was paid by every division of the then Asanteman, whether Asante or Bono. It was a national tax. That practice isn't unique to Asanteman only. All other Akan states, kingdoms, levied war tax. Does the Queen of England, requiring the Welsh and Scots to pay a national war tax, alongside the English, imply the Welsh and Scots are slaves? How preposterous, some of these nonsenses that the renegade Bono chiefs, feed down the throats of their historically and customarily ''do not know'' people.
3)"This secession movement led to the creation of the Brong Ahafo Region by the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana. The creation of the Brong Ahafo Region was both traditionally and politically motivated. Traditionally, the purpose was to weaken the Asantehene's power and authority. Politically, to weaken the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) - NLM strength in Ashanti, because this made most Brongs support the Convention People's Party (CPP). The opposition also made counter-attack by electing Dr. K. A. Busia (former Prime Minister) as leader of the United Party (UP). "
Akrase's Response: This, some of you Bonos, deliberately ignore. This what makes, even illegal, the secession by the some renegade chiefs in Brong Ahafo, chiefs who rely upon the creation of the administrative region as a justification. Of course we live in Ghana so the truth is always swept underneath the carpet. "This is the background of the emergence of the Brong Ahafo Region. Little or no thought was given by those who advocated for the creation of the Brong Ahafo Region to the immemorial allegiance and affinity of the people of Ahafo to Asante. The Bill which became the Brong-Ahafo Region Act, 1959 was under a certificate of urgency rushed through Parliament on the 20th of March 1959. The late Aaron Eugene Ofori-Atta, the Minister who piloted the Bill through Parliament was reported by Hansard to have said:
'There are just two points which I should like to mention which are not specifically dealt with in the Bill. The first is traditional allegiance and organisation. It is not the intention of the present Bill to disturb any traditional allegiance which may be cut across by the new boundary; the Government are at the moment considering the question of Chiefs who may feel that they are being cut off either from their subjects or from their traditional superiors. I hope that before very long we shall come to a satisfactory conclusion.
'The second matter is the administration of Stool lands. All stool lands in the Kumasi state whether lying in the Ashanti Region proper or in the new Region are administered by the Commissioner of Lands as administrator under the Ashanti stool lands Act. This Bill involves no change in that arrangement."
All those so-called Bono lands, and Chiefs, were all a part of the Kumasi Stool Lands.
As can be clearly seen, the Asantehene, whether Brong Ahafo exists or not, has legal powers over his lands in Western Ashanti---nowaday, Brong Ahafo.
4) "When the Brong Ahafo Region was created, certain chiefs, mostly the Ahafo chiefs in the region, decided to maintain their allegiance with the Golden Stool. This is by virtue of fact that the Ahafos have historical links with the Ashantis. "
Akrase's Response: When Brong Ahafo was created, many Chiefs and people in there, still kept their allegiance to the Golden Stool. The Wenchihene for instance, the Nkoransahene and many others. Today, the Chiefs, in the supposedly Brong area even, who are loyal to the Asantehene, are still considerable.
5) Even some Brongs have historical links with the Ashantis. For example, Nkoranza, Berekum, Japekrom and others have historical links with the Ashantis. According to tradition, the Nkoranzahene is the Asantehene's son. Even though Nkoranza is not under the Asantehene's jurisdiction, when the Nkoranzahene dies, custom demands that the Asantehene must be informed before all rites concerning the funeral ceremony can be performed.
The current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has used this traditional link between Asante and Nkoranza to strengthen a strong relationship between Asante and Nkoranza. This is creating a problem for the Nkoranzahene because his enemies within and outside think he has sold Nkoranza to the Asantehene.
Response: For starters, and note so carefully. Berekum is never originally Brong. Berekum is an Asante established military outpost. That a proportion of present-day Berekums, are Bonos, and dialects have changed or the Bono dialect has been imposed upon them, doesn't mean, they the true Berekums are Bono in origin. If you care to know, they are Asantes from Asokore and Fomena.
Nkoranza is definitely for Asante, whichever way you look at it. The Nkoransahene is from Kumasi-Amakom. Nkoransa land, is the Asantehene's land. The Nkoransahene is a caretaker of it, on behalf of the Golden Stool. Yes, the Bono elements therein, all owe allegiance, indirectly to the Golden Stool. The Techimanhene's attempt to incite these chiefs to rebel against the Nkoransahene, shall only in tears and woe, for those who will tag that line. Kintampo, Gyema etc are all Asante established enclaves in Nkoransa also.
Who told you, the Nkoransa is not under the Asantehene's jurisdiction? Who has been feeding you such chaff? The Nkoransahene and all Nkoransas, owe allegiance to the Golden Stool and its Human Occupant. That's how its been from time immemorial.
6)" The Conservatives are those chiefs who want to maintain their allegiance with the Golden Stool. On the other hand, the Progressives are the chiefs who do not want to see the Asantehene exercising any authority over any part of the Brong Ahafo Region. "
Response: Tweaahhh, whom do you label progressives? You call renegades, who daily incite trouble, rancour and dissension, progressives? You call, kidnappers, murderers, non-law abiding hegemonistic and imperialistic despots such as the so-called Techimanhene, Dormaahene etc, progressives? If they are progressives, why don't they grant independence to the numerous indigenes, they now rule over for instance?
7) "One of the most complicated problems is the issue of the Tano-Subin towns which still owe allegiance to the Golden Stool. They are Tuobodom, Buoyam, Tanoso, Ofuman, Nchiraa and Nwoase. The chiefs in these towns who owe allegiance to the Golden Stool also have their counterparts in these towns who also owe allegiance to the Techimanhene.
Moreover, these towns are located within the Techiman Municipality. They are enclaves within the Techiman Traditional area. Administratively, they are under Techiman, but traditionally, some parts are under Techiman and other parts under Asanteman."
Response: Utter garbage. Utter nonsense. What has Governmental administrative set-ups, got to do with traditional jurisdictions and allegiances? They are located in the Techiman Municipality and so what? Since when did customary law and allegiances, come to be defined by Governmental administrative boundaries?
The Dormaahene is busy squatting on Wam lands, in far-away Wampaamu---or is it Dormaa Ahenkro he calls it nowadays, yet the Dormaahene has lands in the Sunyani Municipality. Abesim lands are his. Bomaa in Tano or is it Asutifi District is his. Going by your argument therefore, should the Dormaahene give up his lands, since they are located in a different municipality? What gibberish? Put on your thinking cap, before you put pen to paper.
8) "Even though the people of Tano-Subin have links with the Ashantis, the inhabitants no longer speak Asante.
They all speak Brong instead of Asante. As a result, the people identify themselves as Brongs. In view of this, they see those chiefs who owe allegiance to the Golden Stool as traitors who have betrayed their cause. Likewise, the people of Nkoranza are Brongs not Asantes. No wonder the Nkoranzahene is facing problems with regard to his association with the Asantehene."
Response: Another typical nonsense bandied about by your lot to provide some flimsy justifications. Since when did traditional allegiances come to be defined by the ethnicities or the sort of languages/dialects one speaks? Your arguments, and indeed those of many of your proponents, are not rooted in Akan customs, laws and simple common sense. Why do you debase yourself with such infantile thoughts?
Okay, so the people of Otublohum, owing to them now speaking Ga, should cut off links with their Akwamu blood relations, and hence the Akwamu Stool? The Osu Alata Mantse should cut off links with Bono-Techimanhene, since he no longers speaks Bono. The import of your warped logic. How preposterous and outrageously infantile?
Following your argument therefore, then, the Gyamma and Dewoman peoples should renounce their allegiances to the Bono Stools. The Krontihene of Techiman, the real Techimanhene by the way, should renounce his allegiance to the Bono-Techimanhene, since he is in truth a Fante, not a Bono. So too, the Konahene and Konkontiwahene of Techiman. They should also drive away the Bono-Techimanhene from Techiman, since they Techiman, is a Fante founded City. The other Chief in Techiman, who is a Denkyira in truth, should throw off his allegiance.
Likewise in the Dormaa State(another renegade and a proponent of such silly logic), the Mansens should cut off their allegiance to the Dormaahene---An Akwamu, since they the Mansens are Denkyira Royals. The Wams, the indigenous people, should throw off their allegiance to the Dormaa Stool. The Brongs too there, should do likewise.
Okay, lets, begin in Brong Ahafo then. Similarly we can go to Drobo, Suma and many other places therein, and cause many there, to throw off their allegiances to the imposter Akwamu stools.
9) "In 1982, the late Asantehene Otumfuo Opoku II Ware elevated some chiefs in the Brong Ahafo Region to positions of paramouncy. This sparked off a problem which led to the killing of one chief called Kwaku Duah at Ofuman, a small town near Wenchi. Some youth stormed his palace and burnt it. He was killed in a situation similar to the Yaa-Naa's case.
Some of the chiefs, realising the dangers and threat posed to them, decided to withdraw their allegiance to the Golden Stool. Examples are the chiefs of Japekrom, Nchira and Woase. However some of the chiefs still remain adamant.
They have absolutely decided that no matter what happens to them, they will never break their allegiance with the Golden Stool. One faction of Tuobodom chiefs, Nana Asare Bafour II is a notable example. Another thing that exacerbated the situation was when Asantehene Otumfuo Opoku Ware II again, elevated some chiefs within the Tano-Subin towns (those loyal to him) to positions of paramouncy in 1996. "
Response: Here the question, why should those Chiefs, who have decided to remain loyal to the Golden Stool, be threatened, killed and frightened into denouncing their allegiances by the other nefarious Chiefs in Brong Ahafo? Thank you, you've thrown light on the true hegemonistic, intolerant and imperialistic ambitions/practices of the renegade Bono Chiefs, such as the Techimanhene and others. You've made known to all, who the real terrors in Brong Ahafo are.
If before, Asanteman sat down, resorted in futility to the Ghanaian state to let the laws of the land work, and bring to account the perpetrators of such acts in Brong Ahafo; this time around, Asanteman shan't sit idly by. Any such provocations, threats and havoc, wrought against the interests in Asanteman, especially in Brong Ahafo region, shall be met and replied to in a like manner.
For your information, Nwoase, Japekrom and Nkyiraa, still owe allegiance to the Golden Stool. Not too long ago, the new Japekromhene, swore the oath of allegiance to the Golden Stool in Kumasi. Yes, the Dormaahene and his aide-de-camp, the Drobohene tried to dissuade him, but it was to no avail.
Very soon, Dormaa and Drobo, will experience some tectonic plate movements in their States. Because Asante has bitten back, they mistake our present day docility for weakness, hence, they without refrain, continually provoke and commit acts of aggression against Asante.
10) "When one looks at the issue critically, one can say that traditionally the Asantehene was right to elevate them, because a paramount chief has power to elevate a chief to become paramount chief. Constitutionally, a Paramount Chief is the highest chieftaincy position in Ghana, looking at the hierarchical order of kingship. Act 759, (Section 58) of the Chieftaincy Act 2008 categorises the position of chiefs as follows:
The Asantehene and Paramount Chiefs Divisional chiefs Sub-divisional chiefs Adikrofo and Other chiefs recognised by the National House of Chiefs
Traditionally, the Asantehene is more or less like a Super-Paramount Chief, and for that matter, he has the right and power to elevate a chief to the position of paramouncy."
Response: From whatever angle you look at it, whether by Akan Law, Asante Law, Ghana Chieftaincy Law, Ghanaian Law and Jurisprudence, by Tradition, Custom, etc, the Asantehene has the power to elevate whomever he and Asanteman deems fit, to paramountcy, in Asanteman. Asanteman's jurisdicition and area, isn't dictated by or predicated on mere governmental administrative demarcations. Asanteman encompasses Ashanti Region, Western Ashanti(Brong Ahafo), and many other places.
If you don't get it, you can go hang!!
11) "Even though he has power to elevate, according to the principle of Fundamental Human Rights, you have the right to swing your arms but it ends where another person's nose begins. If that is the case, why is it that the Asantehene is still interfering in the internal affairs of the Brong Ahafo Region?
This is why most people in the Brong Ahafo Region are angry with him. They see it as an Asante neo-colonialism. On the other hand, the Asantehene is still right, because according to him, Asanteman is different from the Ashanti Region. Asanteman and the Ashanti Region are not synonymous, because Asanteman transcends beyond regional boundaries. "
Response; Which so-called Human Rights? Upon which law is that predicated? Why, are you indulging in some fanciful notions again? Come back to the real world my friend. If those renegade Brong Chiefs are so concerned about neo-colonialism, why don't they set an example by relinquishing their strangle hold on the indigenous the Brong Ahafo Area? Why doesn't the so-called Techimanhene, the imposter, set free the Fante people, the Gyamma people, the Denkyira people and the Dewoman people.
Dormaahene should likewise give the nod for the Mansens to realise their long cherished dream of having their own paramountcy, likewise the Wams and the the other Brongs.
Nsoatre should set free the Hani people and many others. Gyaman should let go, the Nafana, the Nkorang, and many others indigenes.
Charity, ought to begin at home. Those renegade Bono Chiefs are first-class liars, and ultra-hypocrites.
It is most unfortunate that many of our brothers and sisters have been misled and led astray by these renegade chiefs. They've ever since, the Brong Kyempim agitations, been fed continuously, a constant diet of untruths, lies, historical manipulations, and subjected to the forceful hegemony of these renegade chiefs. Unfortunately, many an untruth has been imbibed and regarded as sacrosant---hence beyond challenge; it being rendered an anathema to do so. Hence, many in Brong Ahafo have been almost irredeemably, led astray. However it ain't too late. By and by, and backed by concrete facts, we'll smash through, expose, and counteract the numerous lies and propaganda. By and by, many therein, shall come to know of the chaff, of which they've been fed.
These untruths, have rendered many of our relations in Brong Ahafo, excuse me to say and with due deference, mere automatons---fed on a daily diet of anti-Asante, anti-Golden Stool vendetta, all because a few chiefs in Brong Ahafo, regard Brong Ahafo as their bonafide private property, to be played with as they see fit.
12)" Constitutionally, the Asantehene does not have power to elevate chiefs in the Brong Ahafo without consulting the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, because, in accordance with article 274 of the constitution and Act 759, Section 9 clause 2 of the Chieftaincy Act 2008, “Each Regional House shall:
(a) advise a person or any authority charged under the constitution or any other law with responsibility for a matter relating to or affecting chieftaincy in the region.
In view of this, the Asantehene is under obligation to seek the advice of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs before he can elevate any chief to the position of paramouncy. The Constitutional provision empowers the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs to elevate a chief to the position of paramouncy. "
Response: Nonsense of the highest order. An outright and contemptible gibberish. The Asantehene, is under no obligation in whatever form to consult with whatever Body of Chiefs, before he exercises his due and legitimate duties of office. Neither does the Asantehene, in accordance with customary law---an enshrinned provision, in the same constitution, has to take dictates or pieces of advise from any regional body of chiefs, before he exercises his duties in his Oman.
Asanteman, does not see regions. Regions are mere governmental creations of convenience, all the more apt, in reference to Western Ashanti(Brong Ahafo).
The question to ask is, why is it that those renegade Bono Chiefs, who are in a state of rebellion---to make use of that renegade, Dormaahene's own words, can't leave those who have chosen to maintain their allegiances in peace?
Owing allegiance to the Golden Stool, whether by a Bono, a wannabee Bono, yet in truth an Asante, and an Asante, doesn't amount to Colonialism. The Asantehene himself, owes allegiance to the Golden Stool.
13)"Some years ago, the Sunyanihene was not a Paramount Chief. However, looking at the position of Sunyani as a regional capital, the Brong Ahafo Region House of Chiefs found the need to elevate the Sunyanihene to become a Paramount Chief."
Response: For your information, the Sunyanihene was elevated to paramountcy, at the behest of Rawlings. His elevation has no basis in customary law. I can understand certainly that it was a bit embarrassing, vis-a-vis, his inability to attend. If at all, there was anyone to have elevated the Sunyanihene to paramountcy, it ought to have been the Asantehene, in consultation with the immediate Overlord of the Sunyanihene, the Odumasehene.
What the Brong Ahafo Regional House did, was an affront to Asanteman, in due course, the proper thing, shall be done.
14)"For instance, the Tain District in the Brong Ahafo Region is made up of four paramount chiefs, namely, Badu, Seikwa, Nsawkaw and Banda. On the other hand, one can argue that these paramouncies were independent entities before the district was created. Secondly, each entity has its own stool land of big sizes with a lot of villages under them."
It will interest you to know, that all those Chiefs, were raised to paramount status by the Asantehene.
15)"However, this not the case of the Tano-Subin towns. They are enclaves within the Techiman Traditional area. Moreover, each town is made up of two chiefs - one loyal to the Asantehene and the other loyal to the Techimanhene. "
Response: The Tano-Subin towns, are not for the Techimanhene. Period!! They have never owed any allegiance to the Techimanhene in their respective histories. The Techimanhene can try as he may, his efforts to cow those towns into submission will come to nought.
16) "Together we can build. Traditionally, the Asantes and Brongs are the same people."
Response: See how you so, easily shoot yourself in the foot and expose the folly of your stance on this matter. If the above holds then, and I believe so, then why do you and those renegades in Brong Ahafo have a problem or are so oppossed to Bonos, owing allegiance to the Golden Stool and thereby honouring their historic and time-tested oneness of all in Asanteman?
17) "On the other hand, Techiman, being one of the largest market centers in Ghana, needs to be handled with care. The market supplies food products to various towns and cities, including Kumasi''.
We've no need of any produce from Techiman. We've extensive food producing areas of our own. On the contrary, its Techiman and Techimans, who depend so much on patronage of their markets by the Kumasis especially. Should push come to shove, we all who owe proudly owe allegiance to the Golden Stool, shall subsist on Nkyewe3.
18) "Any inter-tribal war breaking out between the Ashantis and the Brongs would bring untold hardship to Ghanaians. "
Response: Stop twisting this Techiman/Asante matter, as one involving the entirety of Brongs(both real and the pseudo wannabees). Let a war break out, and you can count on your fingers, how many others, will go to the assistance of Techiman. How many in Brong Ahafo, koraa, have any regard for or empathy with the nonsenses of the Techimanhene?
Brong - Asanti case
Kwasi K Frempah | 4/21/2010 12:55:00 AM
Yuu are just stupid! How will Ghana develop if we have such so called ......
Brongs and Asantes
oppong | 1/2/2012 10:21:00 PM
The Brongs are dedatchinting themselves from the a Asantes, due to all the insults and degradatoin they have to bear from the asantes.
"The asanteman stabed the brongman in the back."
Historically the brongman did everthing with his, more or less brother the asanteman, but what did the brongman get out of that, insults like, the brongs are stupid, the brongs are foolish. Now the brongs don't want to be part of Asante and the asantehene is nervous, claiming lands.
...and the Asantehene didn't play his cards well, instead of deplomacy, he use treats.
Don't be mistaken, the Brongs can survive 100% without the Asantes, before kumasi, mono manso was bustling commercial town and we look forward to building Tachiman too in the next yers. ...and you know how hard working the brongs are.
I advice the asantehene to begin forging special bond with the brongs or else, we don't have anything to do with him, period!!!
Nkronza is brong not asante.
And learn your history well, "all akans are from BRONG"
BONOS: DECEPTIVE IMPERIALISTS
Nana Akrase | 4/15/2010 8:07:00 AM
There's a saying, which goes thus:''if you live in a glass house, do not go about throwing stones''. Likewise, another saying in Akan goes thus:"when busy munching on the meat of the Efo) (a delicacy), watch your fingers, lest, they make contact with your teeth''.
The Bonos(my own cousins), both real(Wenchi, Takyiman(here, not all), Abease, some in Nkoranza) and the self-styled politically convenient pseudo ones of nowaday---since the 1950s, such as (Dormaa, Berekum((that Asante enclave---they should educate themselves about how their oath, Nkyibena came about---afterwards, lets see if they'll be so enamoured of the Dormaas, Gyamans and Sumas, of whom they follow so blindly)), Suma, Nsoatre, Drobo, Badu, Gyaman), I'm afraid, and say so most reluctantly---at times, the truth ought to be blurted, no matter how it hurts, are a one group of people(well not all, their leaders are the main architects and culprits), who are such hypocrites. They are hardcore Imperialists(forcefully foisting their language and culture on others---do any of you, ever see, Asante doing so), hardcore intolerants and blatant manipulators of history--having a penchant for perpetuating outright lies.
Sometimes, and obviously with political backing, they behave as if Brong Ahafo(Western Ashanti), is theirs and theirs alone. Yet, Brong Ahafo is made up of Bonos, Asantes(Ahafo, many in Nkoransa, some in Sene District), Mos, the Abron, the Banda--Kulango, Nkorangs, indigenous Guans, Guan/Asante mixtures, and other Akan indigenes like the Gyamma, Dewoman, Hani(all of whom the Bono, came to meet on the land, and colonised).
All these taken together, far exceed the Bono.Yet, they all, for the sake of an economic sustenance, have to make do with the Bono Yoke.
The case of the rich area of Ahafo, an area from which Brong Ahafo derives much of its revenue is simply pathetic. Ahafo has been cheated, shunted aside, deprived of its due, all because, the people of Ahafo are Asantes and have refused to bow to the imperialist yoke of the Bono architects. For 30yrs or so, until that great victory secured both spiritually and in court by Nana Opoku Ware II in 1981, those renegades of Techiman, Suma(elevated to paramountcy by Prempeh II), Drobo(elevated to paramoutcy by Prempeh II) and Dormaa(that misguided prodigal Akwamuni in truth, yet, says he's Bono. Have the Akwamus ever been Bono? Ntoro nkoaa, Lies), prevented the Ahafo paramount chiefs from being a part of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs. That Regional Minister, Twumasi((waahw3, a Twumasi)) was another.
((When Power met Power, that prodigal Dormaahene Agyeman Badu I, came to apologise, Kosopre of Drobo---went to his village, Twumasi's wife, either lost her life or suffered a miscarriage((akin to how in Nigeria, one Governor thought he could take on the Oba of Benin)). Mo b3 te ase3 s3, pieto b3too danta. Rejoice over the loss of human life, I do not. However, at times, when persuasion fails, force, ought to be applied......Credit: Oheneba))
Ahafo is being and has been cheated of its due---yet, it contributes a great deal. The Bonos, have diverted all the resources of the region, to fund development in their areas only. Bando and Mo, are in a similar sorry state. Gyaman, even, despite the misguided path some of its leaders have chosen, doesn't have any appreciable development, why? The answer is obvious. The True Bonos, are keeping all for themselves.
Sunyani((an Asante enclave))---the land is for Odumasehene( Sunyanihene is in truth the Krontihene of the Odumasehene), was only lucky to have been made the regional capital. Without it,a similar story of developmental neglect, would have there unfolded.
To be contd.
Anyway, read what Oheneba has to say below:
"Author: oheneba Date: 2010-04-09 08:13:30 Comment to: The Brong-Ashanti Divide (Part 2)
Abubakari is a typical Bono man, who would like to lay all the problems of the Bonos on the altar of Asante's imperialist drive and cleverly covering that of the Bonos. To me the Bono are the worst and deceptive imperialist. Simply because after the so called independence from the Asante's domination through the creation of the region the Bonos unleashed their own version of raw imperialist tendencies on the minorities within the region.
Firstly, the Bonos virtually bullied all the other tribes except the Ahafos to become Bonos. Secondly, they have always captured all the political appointments earmarked for the region. This is true because since the creation of the region about 50 years ago only 4 Ahafos have had short but difficult time as Regional Ministers. The Mos and Bandas and others should forget it. Thirdly, public officials in the region are directly or indirectly compelled to be sympathetic to the Bonos unquenchable hatred of the Asantes and Ahafos. For this reason the Ahafos have paid a terrible price in terms of lack of development and meddling in their chieftaincy affairs by the Bonos.
In the past this was done by Bono politicians working in conjunction with the previously Bono predominated Regional House of Chiefs to support a faction in Chieftaincy dispute. This was done under the fiat that one leader was a pro-Bono as against the other pro-Asante this is an open secret. As a saying goes "he who seeks equity should come with clean hands" but in case of the Bonos I am afraid they don't have.
Therefore Abubakari should stop posing that the Bonos are believers of fairness or social justices and the rest in fact the Bono are the opposite. The worry of the Bonos is that the Asantes are too powerful from all fronts and for them to refuse to acknowledge that is not an option hence the bitterness and acrimony."
Debunking Some Misconceptions
Nana Akrase | 4/15/2010 8:12:00 AM
1) "On the seventh day, she prophesized that Takyiman would be conquered by a certain warrior Chief some future. She added that if the Abodomfo wanted to escape invasion then they should draw near to Tano and establish their capital there"
Correction: She prophesised, and not only her, but most of the other Priests of the other gods of the nine Tano-Subin towns, that Bono Manso((not Techiman, Techiman and Bono Manso are never the same, they were 2 distinct cities, Techiman founded by the Fantes, of mostly the Kona clan, Bono Manso---now in ruins, was the capital of Bono Manso kingdom, and was founded initially as Manso by the indigenous Agona clan of perhaps the indigenous Gyamma people. The Gyamma, Dewoman and other indigenous Akan people, the Bono, came to meet. Later, being more numerous and powerful, they, the Bonos, by usurpation, took the State power and leadership. That was when, the Bono, prefix, was added to Manso)).
All those priests and priestesses, of the nine tano-subin towns all prophesised the downfall of Bono Manso Kingdom. What the writer and many other pro-Techiman commentators conveniently leave out is the fact of even before the conflict, the nine Tano-Subin towns, having transferred their allegiance to the Asantehene Opoku Ware I---owing to the inhumane treatment many of them had had at the hands of the despotic and exceedingly arrogant Bono Kings and their Ahenema(Princes), and having ably assisted the Asantehene spiritually in the eventual conflict.
Techiman was/is never Bono Manso. Bono Manso has fallen, its long extinct. Techiman, is a Fante founded settlement. The Nine Tano-Subin towns, and indeed many other areas in the present day Techiman Traditional Area, have never owed allegiance to the Techiman Stool.
Techiman, can never be said to be a substitute of the Bono Manso Kingdom. That's a fact, the present day imposter Techimanhene and his family, cannot bring themselves to accept.
Come to think of it even, it was the Asantehene Opoku Ware I, who imposed them on the people of Techiman---hence restoring them to rulership. Yet, they know not the meaning of gratitude.
2)"Since that time the Krotia's have laid an illegitimate claim over the Tuobodom stool. From the reign of Nana Kwasi Nyankomago in 1936 to the present 2008, there has been a continuous sharp dispute over the Tuobodom stool between the Abromanmu people and the Krotias."
How can you, Yaw Agyei say so? Upon what Akan law of succession are you relying upon? Look, I tell you emphatically so, that the Krotias have a very legitimate claim. Why? a) When the oheneba from Krotia was enstooled as the Tuobodomhene, he was certainly set upon the original Black Stool of Tuobodum, wasn't he? I shall be surprised greatly, if that wasn't the case. That action is alone is partly a confirmation of the right of his lineage to rule.
b) Crucially, when he passed away, his Stool was blackened, wasn't it? Right, let me tell you this. By Akan law of chieftaincy, once you blacken someone's stool, irrespective of from where or from which clan that person came from to occupy the main stool of a village, town or Oman, then, that act alone, confirms his lineage as another legitimate Royal Clan, with full rights of leadership over whatever entity, the Main stool presides over.
His descendants, or lineage clan members, have everyright to claim the rulership of the area.
If the Abromanmu people, will yield to the deception of the Techimanhene, and not honour their due allegiance to the Asantehene, then the Asantehene also, will prop up, those in Tuobodum and elsewhere, who will still honour their legitimate allegiance to the Golden Stool.
The crucial question is, has Tuobodum, ever, owed allegiance to the Techimanhene? You and I, very well, know the answer.
3) Going by your account, let me make it clear to you. Regions-----mere administrative boundaries, all the more so in the case of Brong Ahafo(Western Ashanti), can't be used as an excuse to break off Chiefly and traditional allegiances. In the case of Brong Ahafo, especially, Aaron Ofori Atta, who presented the Bill to Parliament, expressly stated to the hearing of all, traditional allegiances were owed across the newly created administrative boundaries were to remain as they were, in either direction, as pertained, prior to the creation of Brong Ahafo.
That alone, makes the renunciation of allegiance by the Techimanhene, Dormaahene and others, illegal. Had Ghana, been a country in which truth and rule of law, really works, those renegade chiefs would have long been reigning in prison cells. But of course, with Ghana being as it is, the truth never works---politics, is always relied upon to prop up illegalities.
If those renegade Bono Chiefs, think, Bonos(by the way, Asantes and Bonos are essentially one and the same people) ought not to owe allegiance to the Golden Stool, a bogus claim predicated on ethnicity, then, likewise the indigenous of Brong Ahafo of whom the Bono forcefully subjudicated, and took away their lands such as the Dewomans, the Gyammas, the Hani, and many other Guan groups, all ought to be set free----they ought not, to owe allegiance to Bono Stools.
The Fantes of Techiman(Nana Opoku Abankwa's family---those of the Kona clan), i.e the truthful Techimanhene Opoku Abankwa, now shunted aside and given the Kontirehene title, the Konahene, the Konkontiwahene, who are all Fantes, founders, of Techiman, ought not renounce their allegiance to the imposter, so-called Techimanhene, who is a true Bono.
The other Chief in Techiman, who is a Denkyera, also ought to do the same.
Why should the other chief renegade, the Dormaahene, be ruling over Brongs, Wams, and Denkyeras(Mansens)? Is he and the true Dormaa people, truly Brong or Bono in ethnicity?
Hahahahhah, laughably, they falsely claim to be so. How pathetic. Let anyone tell us, when an Akwamu(Kumbu), metamorphosised into a Bono. Ntoro nkoaa. How lies, reign so supreme in certain areas of Brong Ahafo.
Going by their argument therefore, shouldn't the Wams, the Brongs and the Mansens, be discharged of their allegiances and traditional obligations? Afterall, they differ in ethnicity, don't they?
What's good for the geese, ought to be good for the gander.
Sometimes, the arguments of some of you Bonos, and your renegade Chiefs, can be so unbefittingly childish.
Show me any Akan state, in which the people therein, are made up of only one ethnic group.
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