Sunday, May 17, 2009
GOASO GETS YOUNGEST CHIEF (MIRROR, PAGE 35)
From Kwame Asare Boadu, Goaso
AN 18-year-old student of the Mim Secondary School in the Brong Ahafo Region has made history as the youngest ever chief at any level in the Goaso Traditional Area.
Nana Antwi Barimah, known in private life as Enoch Antwi-Boasiako, swore the oath of allegiance to the Omanhene of Goaso Traditional Area, Nana Kwasi Bosomprah, as the new Manwerehene amidst jubilation by scores of people who witnessed the occasion.
With his cloth dropped to the waist and holding firm the state sword, the Manwerehene pledged to serve diligently to help uplift the Goaso Stool.
Traditionally, the Manwerehene was in charge of the defence in the traditional area.
Indeed, it is one of the most respected stools in the Akan tradition.
The Abusuapanin of the Manwerehene, Mr Kwasi Poku, aka Officer, told The Mirror that the decision to select the young chief for the stool was borne out of his respect to not only family members but also every other person in the community.
He said the family would support the new chief to continue his education to the highest level to gain knowledge to serve his traditional area and country.
The Omanhene, Nana Bosomprah, said the decision to give the stool to the young chief was appropriate, especially if one considered history.
The Omanhene said the Manwerehene was a direct descendant of the late Goasohene, Nana Owusu Nkwantabisa I, who served the area with distinction.
He stated that Nana Nkwantabisa built the Goaso Palace and it was appropriate that he was being honoured in a way with the installation of the Manwerehene.
The Omanhene advised the new chief to keep to his books so that he would rise to the highest level of the education ladder.
Nana Bosomprah said education held the key to the development of every society and pledged to support the chief to get to the top.