Nana Okuapehemaa, borne aloft in her Sako, during an Odwira in Akuapem.
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Nana in a regal and motherly pose. Credit: Statesman
Descriptive posts for educational elucidation on Ashanti, Akan, Ghana, Ghanaian and African culture. The sole purpose of posts on this blogspot are for positive educational purposes only, nothing else. It will be appreciated highly, that this blogspot will be regarded solely along the purpose prior stated.
Nana Juaben Serwaa II, Queen of Juaben, in the 1960s dancing and singing at a performance of Nkrowaa. Nkrowaa, is unique to Juaben in Asante. It is performed for Royals of Juaben, at their demise, is the preserve of the Queen of Juaben only. I.e the performers of it, come under her direct command. Nana Juaben Serwaa II, is still alive, well past 100.
Daasebre Otuo Serebour II, The Juabenhene arriving with his retinue at the Adaekesee Kese3 of Asante, celebrated in May, 2009. Credit: Ghana Districts.
ASANTE AND FOR THAT MATTER, KUMASI'S, INDEBTEDNESS TO DWABEN
This was written by me, to one, known as Kofi Kumasi...it was to cure him of his ignorance...a mental affliction, unfortunately. Written in May, 2009.
Btw, don't you know, that the Kuntanasehene was on the side of the Dwabenhene in the last clash b/n Kumasi and Dwaben? Don't you know it was the Kuntanasehene who executed the messengers from Kumasi and sent a linguist stick of one of the bearers to Dwaben? Do you not know, that Kuntanase received guns and gunpowder from Dwaben when war became imminent, although when push came to shove, you people cowardly chickened out.
Sorry, in as much as I'm proud to be Asante, and a Royal of, for that matter, I don't do slavish servitude neither my people the Juaben. We are not in the habit of vanquishing one Denkyera, then creating another Denkyera, to come and lord it over us. Asante is a federation, to which all constituent thereof, including the Occupant of the Golden Stool(all due respect to him) are subject to checks and balances. Asante isn't a serfdom, that is not what we let ourselves in for, and won't allow to happen.
To say that, we revolted against the Golden Stool, is to display a crass knowledge of Asante. Yes, we revolted against Osei Yaw Akoto and Mensah Bonsu, and justifiably so. Juaben, shall never be allowed to be reduced to a slavish entity, subject to the whims and caprices of anyone? Do you know how Asante came about, do you know who Killed the Chief Oppressor of the Asantes at Feyiase in a war in which Osei Tutu I, didn't even fire a shot...let alone taking part in the actual combat? Or you think we Juabens are slaves...to be made to render menial services...so someone can grow fat through our efforts...Twea!!!
Do you know who first swore to fight Denkyera? Do you know who sheltered Komfo Anokye when the Kumasi's then Kwamangs wanted to kill him? On whose land and where, did Okomfo Anokye announce he wanted to make Asante Great?
Are you aware of who put Opoku Ware I, back on the Golden Stool, when his Kumasi chiefs deposed him forcefully? Do you know where he fled for his dear life? Do you know who sheltered him?
Opoku Ware I, was so successful in war, do you know which States of Asante, made this possible? Render thanks to Dwaben and Mampon.
Who helped Osei Tutu I to avenge the defeat of his granduncle?
Who saved Asante from an impending disaster, when Osei Kwadwo, Okowia, was forced to retreat in battle, against a formidable force of invaders from the northwesterly direction of Kumasi? All the more serious when the invading force began to penetrate the forests of Asante..which was the last barrier. Upon whose arrival, with his formidable battle hardened army, did enable the battle to be turned around and Osei Kwadwo, begin to proceed on the offensive. Whose decisive action following weeks of inconclusive battles in that conflict, sealed the doom of the oppressors? Who fought and crossed a river, scaled a mountain and killed the leader of the oppressors and much of his army, which led to their defeat? Who saved Asante on that day? Render thanks to Akuamoa Boaten Panin of Juaben, Osekyerehene...you ungrateful people of short fleeting memories.
Who captured and physically did away with Worosa(the slayer of innocent Asante traders)? Say thank you to Kwabiri Ameyaw of Dwaben Adu Ampoforo Antwi Konkori, Atwetwebuo a ehini atuo muooo.
In the time of Nana Osei Bonsu, who slew the Commander of the Oppressor's forces(Nsoko Ni Agyei) leading to their defeat, at a time of grave danger to Asante, when the opposition were overwhelming in number, and matters weren't going the war of Asante?
Who Saved the Golden Stool at Akatamanso...yes, your chief helped, but did he have the necessary forces to retrieve it from the enemies then?
To whom should thanks be rendered for saving the very symbol of Asante nationhood?
Twea, some rebellion you so. After we competed and bested them on the Salaga trade, after we became so wealthy and powerful, after Our King, saved the day at Akatamanso, they grew so jealous...esp. that incompetent,coward called Osei Yaw Akoto. Then he began to contrive cases against Nana Kwasi Boateng I, connived with his fellow sycophantic Kumasi chiefs and other chiefs of Asante, concluded along with his design that Nana Kwasi Boateng I was guilty. No wonder Nana Kwasi Boateng told him point blank, that he wouldn't pay sreko or kobo...why, you think we are cowards or slaves?
Oh yes, thinking that only Kumasi state should grow fat, and the wealth of Asante should be for him and his chiefs in Kumasi only, against the foundational constitution of Asante, they began to draw strategies to diminish, in power and prestige, the memberso of the other Amantuo Num...especially, Juaben, Mampong and Kumawu. More severely against Juaben....they threw away the advise and injunctions of Okomfo Anokye concerning Kumasi and Juaben relations.
Daasebre Otuo Serebour II, Juabenhene, Sitting in State at a durbar in Kumasi. May 2009.
JUABEN(DWABEN), AS HEAD OF ASANTE OYOKO.
1)Then Osei Tutu said to the Juabenhene, "You are the Head of the Oyoko Lineage, give me someone in your place, so when you go to your Capital, he will help me look after Kumasi. So the Juabenhene appointed Kwapon-Di-Awuo and he was Oyokohene.(I.e Oyokohene of Kumasi...in an acting capacity, i.e, for he only acts on behalf of the Juabenhene ...N.A) Busia..1951.
2) As a precondition, and as part of the concessions made by in the formation of the Union, in the words of Prempeh I, and I quote, " King Tutu told to Adarkwar Yiadom the King of Juabin to be the head in commander of the Yukus and Dakus. The Yukus are Kokofu, Bekwi, Insutar(Nsuta), Abohin(i.e Abohyen, in this group, comes the Stool of the Asantehene and his lineage), Atutuo, Bremand (i.e Oyoko Bremang), Contanasi(i.e Kuntenase), Akokofer(Akokofe) and Ajuarsi(Adwaase...nr KNUST)....The history of Ashanti Kings by Prempeh I. Ossei Akoto, I hope, you saw, how Adaakwa Yiadom was described by Asantehene, Prempeh I....Akrase
Juabenhene as Oyokohene of Asante--Head of all the Oyoko families and lineages that ruled the states constituting the 'true' amantuo.He is the only person who authenticates claims to Oyoko clan membership and subsequent claims of succession to any of the Oyoko Paramount Stools, including the Asantehene ( Inclusive also of the 10 Oyoko Stools of Kumasi, i.e the Oyokoduo Stools) the Oyokohene was/is 'the maker of Kings'
Akuamoa(Title of Juaben Kings) Otuo Serebour II, arriving at a function in Kumasi. 2008.
Ntahera horn players of Juaben, at the Juaben Court. 1960s. The Original Set, that is the authentic Juaben Ntahera however, is at New Juaben, Koforidua. I.e Is Now Domiciled at the Court of the New Juaben.
Ntahera Hornblowers of Juaben, heralding the approach of the Juabenhene in Kumasi, May, 2009.
Courtiers of Juaben, at a performance. Usually, the Strong names and Appellations of the Juabenhene, the heroic deeds of Juabens, will be drummed on the Atumpan drums--known as Ayan--by the Odomankoma Okyerema, followed by the chanting of Kwadwom honourifics by the Kwadwom minstrels(usually a pair of, as seen chanting or 'be kwadwom', to the right of the drummer) then, the State Horns, i.e Ntahera, will conclude with the sounding of some verses of Horn Music.
Darman(sometimes rendered Darmang or Daman), the place of which Grannie Dabas had spoken, turned out to be town in Juaben. Amy now visited Juaben and met with both the Darmanhene and the Juabenhene(king of Juaben). The story that unfolded was a fascinating one and Amy was able to trace her family history back at least to the 17th century . Furthermore, she turned out to be a relative of the Darmanhene himself, Nana Kwadjo (or Kojo) Safo III, who was also the main source of her historical information.
BEDIAKO (ONE OF THE TITLES OF JUABEN KINGS), ARRIVING IN KUMASI, IN MAY, 2009.
Daasebre Oti Boateng I, of New Juaben(seated, left of 2nd row) and Nana Yaa Daani II, Queen of New Juaben(seated, 2 seats removed from Daasebre on his left) at Pres. Obama's Speech Giving in Accra.
Grannie Dabas had been sold into slaverey as a result of the Kumasi-Juaben altercation. ( Bonniayε fuo, yεda mo ase oo). Selling your own people into slavery, Osei Yaw Akoto Adaworoma). Following on, the Juabenhene and most of the Juabens relocated to Akim Abuakwa, where they remained until the death of osei yaw akoto. Two of the Darmanhene's 4 daughters ( actually, nieces...I think...I'm fairly certain...N.A) were with the Juabenhene's party in Akim Abuakwa. The other 2 did not fare so well. They were sold to the King of Sefwi (in modern day Ivory Coast). One remained in Sefwi, married and raised a family. The other disappeared, as it were, without a trace. "But as fate would have it", Amy wrote, "this missing daughter was destined to propagate the Damang family in the New World".
The King of Juaben, Arriving at the durbar grounds in Kumasi.
Drum Interlude of Kwadwom
Osekyere Akuamoa Frampon damirifa
כtכee a wamme, a כtכ bio a כmma wo
Osekyerehene due ne amanehunu
Akuamoa Fr3mfr3 Odamirifa
Afia foro ban dime afro ban
Ponkoma kyi dankyire nyanowa eei
Maadwo beafo e'fo asaadom eei
Omia ne komefire ne Akyampon ni eei
Omia ne komefire no woaa no.
The Regional Minister of Asante, Kofi Opoku Manu, greets Osekyerehene Serebour II. In the traditional sense, the Regional Minister is greeting his Ruler, since he hails from Konongo, a part of Juabenman. 2009.
Nana Mamponhene, Osei Bonsu II, Daasebre, approaching the seating area of the Juaben King. ,he is at a halt, and being serenaded by the State Horns of Juaben.(Not in picture)