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The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin challenged Ghanaians to remain positive and self-reliant in perspective as that is the only way we can affect our own future.
Pointing out some areas of opportunity for consideration, the Okyenhene stated agriculture, ecotourism, skilled manpower education, good physical health, effective Community service among others as some key areas to that can drive the nation forward in it quest for self actualisation.
He threw the challenge during this year’s celebration of Ohum festival by the Chiefs and people of Akyem Abuakwa at Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
The Royal Kingdom of Akyem Abuakwa dates back to the fourteenth century, emerging from the migration of the Akan Tribes from Central to West Africa in about the eighth century.
It is one of the main Akan states and is the single largest traditional state in Ghana with its territory covering an area of about one million hectares with an estimated population of two point five million people.
The Akyem Abuakwa Kingdom has at least 20 hills and 18 rivers and is distinguished by dense luxurious forest and is home to the Atiwa forest and mountain range.
The Ohum festival is their main annual festival which is celebrated in a grand style to offer thanks to God and their ancestors for a bountiful harvest and protection.
This year’s celebration was unique in its sense that it was graced by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo who is a royal from the Akyem Akyem Abuakwa State and heavy state officials.
The beautiful celebration was characterised by rich display of culture and the president presented firewood to the Okyenhene which was carried by all the divisional chiefs of the state on behalf of the President to the Okyenhene.
It’s symbolism was to provide warmth at the palace and also to be used to food food to serve the numerous visiters who thronged into the palace daily as was in the olden days.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo thanked the Okyeman for their massive support and prayers all these years and promise to ensure that they get their fare share of what they deserve.
He asked all in state officials to serve in humility and diligence so as to always win the trust and confidence of the people.
He presented several cartons of assorted soft and alcoholic drinks, water, a ram and a cash of 20 thousand Ghana cedis to support the celebration.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin said increased investment in technical, vocational and business schools in Akyem is guaranteed to train their children, raise awareness and provide ready and skilled manpower for the many businesses anticipated.
He parted the President on the shoulder for the introduction of the free SHS, which according to him will give chance to the poor in society to be adequately educated to be self sufficient.