The 75th anniversary celebrations for Nana Ofori-Atta, Chief of Abuakwa state between 1912 and 1943, has been launched as part of efforts to celebrate his life and achievements.
Regarded as one of the pioneers of education and development in the Abuakwa state and Ghana, Nana was born in 1881. He was elected chief in 1912, a position he occupied until his demise in 1943.
As one of the few educated chiefs in the then-Gold Coast, Nana’s stewardship in both his tribal affairs and general politics of the colony was very prominent.
Fondly referred to as Amantiremanmienu – which literally means ‘he who bestrode two worlds’ – he was also the longest-serving African on the Legislative Assembly (then the de facto Parliament) of the Gold Coast.
Some of his many achievements include being the first Traditional Ruler to establish a Stool Treasury – from which he funded and founded the Abuakwa Scholars Fund, and established the first Government Trade School as well the Abuakwa State College.
Nana Ofori Atta was Omanhene of Akyem Abuakwa from 1912-1943, and also initiated and intervened in matters of Stool Lands, established a modern model farm, and advocated for mineral and cocoa rights and prices.
As the first western-educated Omanhene, he established the first archives for Okyeman and was widely respected and known for his striking personality, and without doubt was an outstanding African of his generation in the Gold Coast.
According to Barima Kwaku Dua – Etwienana Hene and Chair of the Planning Committee, the 75th anniversary of his death in 1943 seeks to remember, reflect and reclaim this Gold Coast Man – the first Traditional Ruler, in 1927, to be awarded a knighthood by King George V.
Activities lined up to mark the 75th anniversary
On Monday August 20, 2018 there will be an Amantiremanmienu, Nana Ofori Atta Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Okyeman Kanea Professor Robert Addo-Fening at 5:30pm at the Accra International Conference Centre. On the same day President Nana Akufo-Addo will re-launch a book authored by Professor Addo-Fening and titled ‘Akyem Abuakwa from 1700–1943: From Ofori Panin to Sir Ofori Atta’, and there will be an exhibition by Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.
And then on Wednesday August 22, 2018, there will be a Women’s Meeting at Ofori Panin Fie, Kyebi, to be hosted by Nana Adutwumwaaa Dokua, Okyenhemaa.
The celebrations continue the next day on Thursday, August 23 with a grand durbar, Ese Ho, Kyebi, with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as the guest of honour.
On Friday August 24, a dedication and donation of the Amantiremanmienu, Nana Ofori Atta, Okyenhene High Court Complex will take place at Kyebi, with Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo, Chief Justice, as special guest of honour.
The next day there will be a guided tour of exhibitions at Ofori Panin Fie, a soccer tournament, and a Susu Biribi Highlife and Hiplife musical concert at Kyebi.
The celebrations will then be climaxed with a thanksgiving and intercessional service at Ebenezer Congregation, Obroni Krom in Kyebi, on Sunday, August 26, 2018.