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Techiman State Book Launched (BA/R)

The Ghana State Book Project has launched Techiman State Book in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to help both local and international communities to have easy access to credible information about the “Takyiman State”.

 

The book, which has 16 sections, was launched by the popular Ghanaian actor David Dontor. It contains documentation of historical, traditional and cultural practices of the Takyiman State.  

Mr. Isaac Bright Botwe, the National Co-ordinator and lead Field Researcher of the Ghana State book project, in his brief remarks said the purpose of the project was to provide credible information about Ghana’s history, culture and tradition to reduce chieftaincy conflicts.

He added that the Techiman State book covers 124 communities with their family traces, history, and their culture and chieftaincy tradition.  He put the provisional cost of the book to about GH¢450,000.00.

The first copy of the Book was bought by Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, the Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area and Chairman of the occasion at the cost of GH¢30,000.00. The second copy of the book was bought by J.Y. Adom, a contractor for GH¢20,000.00.

In a speech delivered by Mr. Mohammed Kwaku Doku, the Municipal Chief Executive for Asunafo North (Goaso), on behalf of His Excellency President John Mahama said the project was one of the Government’s initiatives intended to document all cultural heritages which marks Ghanaians distinct from other people elsewhere.

President Mahama noted that the solid cultural heritage documented in the book were fought for by the forefathers against all odds and passed unto the current generation. He made a passionate appeal to Nananom and all cultural adherents to open up some of the cultural secrets and wisdom so that young men and women can understand, learn and fully appreciate them so as to help promote unity, humility, love and harmony which are necessary ingredients for national development, stability and development.

He however, observed that while we salute the memories of the forefathers and praise them, it was also worthwhile to unravel some of the culture norms, practices and festivals which are shrouded in myth and secrecy.

Touching on historical antecedents, President Mahama said, in 1951 the Techimanhene Nana Akumfi Ameyaw II with the support of other Bono chiefs formed the Bono Kyempem Federation, a political movement that championed the creation of the present day Brong Ahafo Region and its separation from Western Ashanti in 1954. He also acknowledged the famous title of the Techimanhene, namely Brong-Kyempem Duaduakwa that epitomizes Techiman as the ancestral home of many cultural elements which were reflected in many other parts of Ghana, such as the practice of certain taboos and preservation of sacred groves used to protecting the vegetation.

On the importance of the book, President Mahama said it has given Techiman its place in history as the legendary birth place of the Akan people, which was the nerve centre of the ancient Bono kingdom, rich in gold and fostered strong trading links with the ancient kingdoms of the Savanna and the kingdoms of Timbuktu and Egypt. 

He added that the book confirmed that forebears of the Techiman people were the pioneer Akan people to settle in the area occupied today by the people of the Brong Ahafo Region.  “Little wonder that Techiman today is at the centre of major cross roads with an international marketing centred,” he emphasized.

He noted that the book launch would go a long way to keep the flame of the history and culture of Techiman alive and that the launch actualised the adage that “Remember your History and know your destiny”.  President Mahama attested to the fact that “a nation without a culture is like a body without a soul and a soul less nation can therefore not survive.

The Omanhene of Techiman, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV in his address said the launch of the Techiman State Book would avoid misinformation, misrepresentations and deliberate attempts to distort the history Techiman and Traditional Council.

He noted that the project had put together a comprehensive book that spells out the history of the “Bono Takyiman” and the historical background of the Akans.  “This informs us about where we are coming from and gives us a better understanding and appreciation of our nature, behaviour and heritage”, he emphasized.

Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV said the primary objectives of the book were to serve as a documentation of historical, traditional and cultural practices of the Takyiman state.  This, he noted would help the local and international communities to have easy access to credible information about the Takyiman state.

He added the book would attract foreign investors and tourists into the Takyiman Traditional Area; foster societal unity by stimulating a sense of togetherness peace and empowerment as well as play a significant role of resolving chieftaincy disputes within the traditional area on account of true history.

Other objectives of the book the Omanhene said, include serving as a weapon against Cultural Imperialism and historical linkage between Techiman and our brothers who migrated to places such as Fantes-Along the Coast; Osu Alata-Accra; Wusuta-Volta Region; Diaso-Denkyira; Daboya-Northern Region and Oboo-Kwahu. 

Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, the Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area and Chairman of the occasion in his closing remarks appealed to the State Book Project Board to extend their work to cover the whole of the Brong Ahafo Region and not limit to Techiman to give full true history of the Bono Kingdom.

Source: ISD (Imoro T. Ayibani)

 

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