By Kwame Asare Boadu, Dormaa Ahenkro
THE Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, will make a historic visit to Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region on July 30, this year.
The visit, the first of its kind by any Okyehene, is meant to thank the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Agyemang Badu II, for electing a representative to attend the launch of the book, “The Royal Akyem Kingdom”, in Accra recently.
It would also afford the two traditional rulers the opportunity to share ideas on the development of the chieftaincy institution in the country.
Osagyefo Agyemang Badu who confirmed the impending visit to Graphic Nsempa said the Okyenhene would be arriving at Dormaa Ahenkro with retinue of 40.
A durbar would be organised in honour of Osagyefo Ofori Panin at the Abrampradease Palace at Dormaa Ahenkro and feverish preparations are underway at Dormaa Ahenkro to give the Okyenhene a rousing welcome.
The Dormaa Traditional Area is the biggest traditional area in the Brong Ahafo Region.
It is one of the movers of the chieftaincy institution in the region, having led the agitation for the creation of the region in 1959 under the late Osagyefo Oseadeayo Dr Agyemang Badu.
Apart from covering the entire Dormaa East and Dormaa West districts, the traditional area also extends to parts of the Sunyani Municipality and the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The traditional area is noted for its cocoa, timber and food crop production.
The current Dormaahene, a circuit court judge, has brought some dynamism to the stool he occupies, having established a scholarship scheme for needy brilliant people in his area.
Since he ascended the stool about eight years ago, he has travelled to Europe and the United States to meet Dormaa citizens and solicit for funds to supplement the government’s efforts at developing the area.
A number of people at Dormaa Ahenkro see the visit of the Okyenhene as welcome news.
According to them the two traditional rulers are held in high esteem in the country and their meeting could bring something positive to the two traditional areas.