A 59-year-old agro-based business executive and philanthropist, Odehyie Kojo Boa Amoako-Atta Ayim, was installed as the new Akakomhene on Monday, March 13, with the stool name Barima Aboagye Asuming II.
The people of Kyemanuasi Akakom, led by the women and youth, sang and danced on the town’s main streets to celebrate the installation of their new chief, which took place 21 months after the death of the previous Akakomhene, Barima Obugyie Abuakwa, who was 105 years old.
The late chief’s funeral took place between Thursday, March 9 and Sunday, March 12.
Among the dignitaries who attended the funeral were Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister for Works & Housing and MP for the Atiwa West Constituency; Isaac Osei-Bunso, Senior Partner of Minkah Premo; Nana Adjoa Hackman, Managing Partner of Africa Legal Associates; Seth Asante, DCE of Atiwa West; Gabby Otchere-Darko, a royal of Akakom; Nana Adu Gyemfi Kumani and Nana Twumasi Dankwa, Manwerehene and Gyasehene respectively, of New Juaben.
Akakom is a resource-rich farming community in the Atiwa West District of the Eastern Region. In addition to gold, the area is a significant producer of cocoa, cocoyam, palm oil, bamboo, avocado, and other food crops.
Barima Aboagye Asuming II is a grandson of Nana Ofori-Atta I, the illustrious Omanhene of Akyem Abuakwa in the 20th century. The new chief lived in the UK until 2015 when he returned to Ghana.
He is the owner of Pizo Farms, which deals mainly in animal husbandry.
The enstoolment ceremony was officiated by Osabarima Okwabrani Marfo, Kyebi Abontendomhene and head of the Kyebi Executive Council. Other chiefs and elders who graced the occasion included Osabarima Daasebre Gyani Akanten, Achiasehene; Nana Aboagyewaa Domina, Queenmother of Akakom; Baffour Oduro Botwe, Akakom Amankrado; Baffour Danso Abiam, Akakom Gyasihene; Nana Adansi Abuakwa Twum Barima Fritete, Akakom Sanaahene; Odehyie Kwame Obeng, Odehyie Koo Mante, Ohene Daniel Yaw Boateng, Asafoatse Frank Oduro, and several of the Ayoko royals of Akakom.
The majority of the royals, including the family head, Abusuapanin Kwasi Buabeng, and the queenmother, all settled on Odehyie Kojo Boa to sit on the stool.