Sunday, 30 September 2007

Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II

This picture was taken not too long after the enstoolment of Nana. Daasebre is seen here in partial regalia, with the Sebekesee or adaboo' ( triangular gold chestplate ), and wearing a headband with triangular amulets, which depicts that in a matrilineal society such as Asante, Nana rules on behalf of the Queen of Asante. Nana is seated on the Nyansapo ( Wisdom knot ) stool, a stool of his own design, indicating his intent to rule Asante with tact and wisdom. This, he lived up to. In the background is the Kodeedwa ( a chair with gold symbols of an eagle ) which is retained as a back support in this picture.Seen on Nana's right handside is the dwete kuduo, which functions as a kind of personal purse, traditionally.

Friday, 21 September 2007

Nananom Agye Adwa, 2, Juaben ( Dwaben ) State

Osekyerehene, Okyerefoo' Otuo Serebour II, Daasebre, the latest in the long line of illustrous occupants of the Yiadom and Hwedie Akonnwa Kesee ( Great Stool ) of Juaben ( Dwaben ). Amongst the titles which Nana Juabenhene has the right to use, having been earned by virtue fo brave deeds in battles past, are Obarima, Okoforobuo, Okyerefuo ( used here ), Daasebre, Osekyerehene ( an indicator of the claim of the Juaben people, that he is the most powerful King in the Sekyere area of Asante ), Okotwa asuo and Katakyie. ( There may well be others ).

Nana is the Oyoko piesie of Asante, that is the first born of the Oyoko Abohyen clan. He is also the traditional head of all the Oyoko royals of Asante, hence his other title as Oyokohene of Asante. Nana Mamponhene is the head of the Bretuo clan and its piesie as well.

Nana is seen here, seated at an Adaekesee festival in Kumasi in 2004.

Nana Dwabenhene and Nana Hemaa, sitting in state during a Kumasi durbar.

Nana Akyaamaa III in Kumasi, in 1995. Nana here, is walking gingerly with her attendants, such as the somesisi ( hold my waist, literally ), fan bearers and other bodyguards on her way to take her place at the durbar.

* Nana Akosua Akyaamaa III, Dwabenhemaa, and occupant of the Adwubi Ofoe, female Paramount Stool of Juaben State, at a durbar in Kumasi. Nana also doubles as the head of the Asuminamu division of Juaben State, having jurisdiction over lands such as Konongo in Asante-Akyem Area.

Nananom Agye Adwa ( Nananom Are Seated ), Mampong State.

  1. Mamponhene, Daasebre Osei Bonsu II,( King of Kontonkyi, obuo a ohi akuma ) sitting in state at a durbar in Kumasi. Nana Mamponhene is also the Nifahene of Asante.
  2. Nana Mamponhemaa, Nana Agyakomaa Dufie III

Nananom Agye Adwa ( Nananom Are Seated )

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Juaben Bravery and Prowess in War.

1) The first picture depicts the current occupants of the Yiadom and Hwedie Great Stools of Juabenman ( i.e Juaben and New Juaben ), respectively, Okyerefoo' Otuo Serebour II and Daasebre Oti Boateng I, at the enstoolment of the Asantehene Opemsuo Osei Tutu II.
As can be seen, they're just about to congratulate him, upon his firing of his gun infront of Nana Asantehemaa and the Oyokoduo Amanhene and Chiefs of Asante, headed by Nana Juabenhene.
2) In the 2nd picture, Osekyerehene Otuo Serebour II, Asante Oyokohene ( Head of the Oyoko clan in Asante ) embraces his traditional brother, Nana Asantehene by way of congratulations.