Okaiman outdoors new chief

Nii Amarkai III(second from right) AsereGyaasetse outdooring  Nii AmarteiShikaTsurui(middle) as Okaiman Mantse. With them is Naa Korkoi Asuokaija  I(left), Queen Mother of Okaiman .Photo Victor Buxton

Nii Amarkai III(second from right) AsereGyaasetse outdooring Nii AmarteiShikaTsurui(middle) as Okaiman Mantse. With them is Naa Korkoi Asuokaija I(left), Queen Mother of Okaiman .Photo Victor Buxton

A ceremony was held in Accra on Friday to outdoor Nii Amartei Shika TsuruI, the new chief of Okaiman, of Asere Division of the Ga state.

Known in private life as Mr.Harrison Nii Amartei Amarteifio, a construction consultant, the new Okaiman Mantse would preside over a community, which stretches from Lapaz to Isreal and its environs, in Accra.

Amidst musketry and display of Ga tradition, the occasion was also used to introduce newly installed sub-chiefs, queen mothers and warlords of the Okaiman traditional area.

It brought together traditional rulers of the Asere Divisional Stool, including Nii Amarkai III, Asere Dzasetse and acting Chief of the Asere Traditional Council, Nii Ayitey Kaneshie I, Kaneshie Mantse, Naa Ayele Oboasey, Kaneshie Manye and Nii Asere I, Acting Dzasetse of Bubiashie.

Lawyer Amarkai Amarteifio, a former Minister of State, and a principal kingmaker of the Asere Division of the Ga State, urged the new leaders to work assiduously to bring development to their respective areas.

He observed that the absence of a chief in Okaiman over the past decade, had retarded development, and urged the new chief and his team to liaise with the assembly to put things in their right place.

Mr. Amarteifio appealed to the people to promote peace and unity, and support their chiefs to bring development to the area.

Touching on the upcoming elections, he implored Ghanaians to avoid acts of divisions and chaos, stressing that, “We ought to live up to the reputation we have built as a peaceful and civilised people during the elections”.

Nii Shika Tsuru I expressed his appreciation to the Asere Traditional Council for the trust and confidence reposed in him, and urged the people and elders to rally behind him to uplift Okaiman.

The chiefs and elders of the area used the occasion to sprinkle “kpokpoi,”the Ga traditional food, to mark the annual Homowo festival, amidst merrymaking.

 By Abigail Annoh and Alimatu Quaye       

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