The freshly-installed Paramount Main of Akuapem Conventional Place, Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akufo II, on Sunday, May perhaps 3, 2020, swore the oath of allegiance to all the five Divisional Chiefs in Okuapemman.
This followed the controversial installation ceremony on Friday, May perhaps 1, which noticed hundreds gather to getting section irrespective of the President’s directive banning all types of social gatherings as a measure to further more avoid the unfold of the novel coronavirus in the place.
Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akufo II, regarded in private everyday living as Nana Kwadwo Kese, was on Saturday early morning introduced as the eligible fit and good candidate to the Kingmakers, who overwhelmingly endorsed his nomination as the Main of Akuapem.
Common leaders who witnessed Sunday’s ceremony are the Krontihene, Osahene Ofei Kwasi Agyemang Benkumhene, Osaberima Enyine Asiedu Okoo Ababio III the performing Nifahene, Osaberima Opese Konandu II the Adontenhene, Otobuo Gyan Kwesi as nicely as Gyasehene, Nana Osim Kwatia II.
The five divisional chiefs also swore the oath of allegiance prior to Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akufo II, as part of the enstoolment method.
The journey and controversy
For virtually five many years just after the demise of Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwah III, the Okuapehene Stool has remained vacant owing to a protracted dispute stemming from the Sakyibea Royal family, whose convert it is to select a successor to the unoccupied stool. It should be pointed out that the Okuapemman stool has three ruling properties- Nketia, Amogyaa, and Sakyibea.
In the approach of exploring for a genuine successor, two persons (Kwasi Akuffo and Nana Kese) emerged from the Sakyibea Royal Relatives and each claimed to be the proper contender to succeed the late Okuapehene.
In the procedure, the Abrewatia of the Sakyibea Royal loved ones nominated Nana Kese while the Paramount queen-mom, Nana Afua Nketiaa Obuo II with out recourse to the Abrewatia picked and enstooled Kwasi Akuffo as the Okuapehene.
In view of this, the Abrewatia petitioned the Regional Residence Chiefs to look for relief and obstacle the classic capability of the Paramount Queen-mother in deciding on and setting up a chief, which according to the Abrewatia is a distinct breach of the customary processes in choosing a successor to the vacant Ofori Kuma Stool.
Right after 3 many years of lawful tussle, the Eastern Regional Property of Chiefs in Koforidua on Thursday, April 30, upheld that, the assortment of an eligible royal to be enstooled as Okuapehene is the prerogative of the Abrewatia, who has the suitable and power to choose a prospect and submit the identify of the preferred royal (prospect) for onward processing and not only the queen mom.
The Home also mentioned that, in nominating a prospect, the Queen-mother by yourself can not choose a candidate from the Royal Loved ones without having the involvement of the Abrewatia. The Property, for that reason, quashed the original set up of Odehye Kwasi Akufo as Okuapehene null and void.
Who is the new Akuapenhene?
Odehye Kwadwo Kesse, now Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akufo II was born on 24th February 1986 to Odehye Alex Antwi, a royal of the Agona clan in Akroso-Ntonaboma in the Jap Region and Odehye Cynthia Agyemang, also a royal from the Sakyiabia relatives in Akropong Akuapem.
As a devout Presbyterian, Odehye Kwadwo Kese had his primary training at the Solutions Simple Main and Junior Secondary University in Burma Camp, Accra, and proceeded to the Presbyterian Large University (PRESEC)- Legon Accra in 2004.
He then pursued additional research at Westchester Neighborhood College or university in Valhalla. He again enrolled at Mercy Higher education in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Diploma in Business enterprise Administration, with a specialization in Administration. In 2015, Odehye enrolled in a Master’s diploma programme in Human Source Administration in his alma mater (Mercy Faculty) but was compelled to return to Ghana in 2016, pursuing the demise of his uncle Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwa, the Okuapehene.
Odehye Kwadwo Kesse Antwi worked as a floor Venture Manager at each the Mark Hotel in New York Metropolis and the Empire Town Casino in Yonkers, New York and also worked as a housekeeping operations supervisor at the Crowne Plaza Instances Square, a subsidiary hotel of the Intercontinental Lodge Group (IHG).
He later on started a True Estate organization known as American Hyperlink Estates LLC, in partnership with an associate and buddy, found in Park Avenue South, New York.
On his return to Ghana, Odehye Kwadwo Kesse Antwi, alongside one another with his affiliate and close friend from New York, proven a Company Consulting company and a undertaking funds beneath the name JUPE World wide Enterprise Limited, which he is presently a running companion and chief expert.
The freshly enstooled Okuapehene envisions to function closely with the common council, governing administration and also make certain a tranquil, powerful, united and formulated Okuapemman. He all over again aspires to encourage the popular basic principle of fairness, justice, equality, and peaceful co-existence in Akropong and Okuapeman as a entire.
He enjoys socializing and his hobbies incorporate basketball, football, and board online games. Odehye is married to Linda Kesse Antwi who hails from Asante Bekwai in the Ashanti Location and is effective with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.