Asante royalty meets Ga-Dangme glamour


…at the installation of Ernest Afloe as new dev’t chief of Adubinsukese

The chief of Adubinsukese, Nana Akwasi Asiedu I, and festivalists from around the country put on a dazzling display of designer finery over the weekend at the installation of Ernest Narteh Afloe, as the Development Chief (Nkosuohene) of Adubinsukese in the Afigya Kwabre South District of the Ashanti Region.

The installation ceremony was an occasion for spectacle and celebration as the new development chief, who has been given a stool name – Nana Tatse Narteh Afloe, cut a glamorous figure in a white cloth while Nana Akwasi Asiedu I himself adorned in a striking black cloth.

There was also a good show of Ga-Dangme royalty in support of the installation of the new development chief, who is a native of Koluedor of the Ada West District in the Greater Accra Region. He has been charged to take up responsibility of providing basic amenities in the community and put hard work and respect for the people as key guards in his endeavour.

According to Nana Akwasi Asiedu l, the honour done on the newly installed Nkosuohene is to foster development, unity and peaceful coexistence to engender development for the Adubinsukese. Some development challenges, he noted, included the lack of educational facilities in the community as well as medical facilities and marketplace and teachers’ bungalows.

In his acceptance speech, the new Nkosuohene – Nana Tatse Narteh Afloe, thanked the Adubinsukese Chief for the confidence reposed in him and swore to pay allegiance as he joins the community in development.

He pledged to assist Nana Akwasi Asiedu to make his vision come to reality. He also appealed to the government and the international community to consider the role of traditional leaders in all developmental plans and address the specific needs of the people.

Nana Afloe, as well, charged parents to pay more attention to the educational needs of their children and provide adequate support for them.

He called on sons and daughters of Adubinsukese to contribute in their own small way to ensure that the Adubinsukese Bretuo Traditional Area remained attractive for friends and family, both locally and internationally, to invest in the development of the area.

The District Chief Executive for Ada East, Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, who was present, commended Nana Akwasi Asiedu for the glorious event and urged the community to be united and contribute to the development of Adubinsukese. “This is the first time I am witnessing such a unique event and I am very glad,” she added.

The colourful ceremony brought together chiefs, queen mothers and politicians from both the Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions, who came to witness the installation with pure admiration of unity in purpose for development.

Some key dignitaries include a Ugandan delegation, Bridget Mugambe and Evelyn Nabagereka; a Nigerian delegation, Tolu Olaniyonu; an Ivorian delegation, Estelle Tsikata; France, Marco Rebechi, Nokia Solutions Network – Country Manager for Nigeria and Ghana; Nene Obuapong IV, Osafoatse-ngua for Adibiawe Clan of Ada Traditional Area; Numo Gideon Carlos Ackwerh, Setse of Hwakpo and President of ADASCO NIMELI (Ada Senior High School – Old Students).

Other members of the entourage from Ada include Asafoatse Kabutey Assem III (Kabiawetsu Hlamitse), Nene Tetteh Lanue Osabutey Okumo IV (Dangmebiawe Wetsoyi), Nene Lomo IV (Lomobiawe Wetsoyi) and Nene Titrim Buertey III (Adibiawe Wetsoyi), Ebenezer Mettle Nunoo – the Registrar of the Ada Traditional Council, members of the diplomatic corps, among other Nananom, Togbewo, Mamawo, chiefs and queen mothers.

The ceremony was also a toast of joy for members of the Old Students Association of the Ada Secondary School (NIMELI), whose Vice President was being installed. The former and current presidents of the association, Numo Kenneth Kabu Kanor and Numo Gideon Carlos Ackwerh, respectively, led the old students’ body to show solidarity.

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