MPs eulogise Okuapehene

Members of Parliament (MPs) have paid tribute to the late Nana Addo Dankwa III, the Paramount Chief of the Akwapeman Traditional Area in the Eastern Region.

The MPs, who observed a minute silence on the floor of the House, described the late Okuapehene’s wisdom and approached to chieftaincy issues as in-depth, which made visits to Oseadeeyo very profitable and useful.

They described him as a great leader whose memories would linger on for generations to come, adding  that he was consulted by Judges, Lawyers, the Clergy, other Traditional Rulers, Graduates and Post Graduates, Senior Lecturers and Professors.

They said Nana Addo Dankwa III was a teacher, father, and consultant who must not only be mourned but celebrated for the legacy he left behind for his people and the nation.

William Ofori Boafo, MP for Akwapim North who presented a statement on the floor of Parliament yesterday to eulogise the late Okuapehene, said before his ascension to the Oforikuma Black Stool, Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwa studied the dynamics of the Akwapim traditional area extensively.

He said the late Chief known in private life as Stephen Afari Djan ,was born on 19th April 1930, and enstooled as paramount Chief in the area in 1974 to occupy the Oforikuma Black Stool for a continuous period of 41 years.

According to Mr. Boafo, the chief’s exemplary leadership style placed the Akuapem traditional area on the global map of chieftaincy for recognition and Acknowledgement.

“Oseadeeyo was equally a credible resource of reference for research, with a number of people who were researching into traditions,” he said. Mr. Boafo said the late chief wrote several books and his work was a credible source of reference for research into the institution of chieftaincy and traditions. He indicated that the Okuapehene held several positions and made tremendous impact on the society throughout his lifetime.

Contributing to the statement, MP for Subin Constituency, Mr. Isaac Osei, described the late chief as an individual who took his time as a lawyer to study the   chieftaincy dynamics, and institution of his area, including the constitutional, political history and the traditional structures.

“An affable person and a very good listener, hence was not surprising for some of us who might have met him at Legon to have ascended the Stool of his ancestors in Akuapem in 1974,” he said.

MP for Akwapim South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, on his part said he had a personal relationship with the late chief and added that even at his old age; he called him on several occasions for advice.

Mr. Amoah said the funeral was a royal celebration of a life well lived and added that the late chief lived an illustrious life worth emulating.

He said the late Okuapehene’s exemplary leadership extended to many fields, including the chairman of the boards of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Graphic Communications Group, and Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), among others.

He said the late Chief was also a member of boards such as Game and Wild Life Society, Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, former President of Eastern Regional House of Chiefs and the founder of the Akuapim Development Foundation.

MP for Banda, Ahmed Ibrahim in his contribution said the late Okuapehene deserved much commendation after ruling the area for 41 years. 

He called on chiefs across the country  to take time to study the chieftaincy institution just as the late chief of Akuapem, to bring sanity into the Chieftaincy Institution in the country. Mr Banda pointed out that the long stay of the late chief clearly shows that he was doing a good job, but “this situation would have been a different story in other places”, he stressed.

He commended the late chief for his   41 year rule, and the people of Akuapem for their patience. The MP called on chiefs, educational institutions, the citizenry and the country at large to learn from the legacy the late chief left. He described as a worrying trend when some individual start canvassing for chieftaincy positions even when they are not royals, have no connection or succession plan to the stool.

Hundreds of security persons have been deployed on the streets to maintain law and order. 

Source:ISD (Gilbert Ankrah & Raymond Kwofie)