Osu Mantse advises Ghanaians to promote local Culture

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona IV, the Osu Mantse, has encouraged Ghanaians to jealously guard and promote their culture, saying any person or country that throws its culture away has no future.

The traditional ruler was livid that with the advent and proliferation of churches, his compatriots no longer want to practice the rich Ghanaian culture, noting that observing and performing culture does not constitute idol worship.

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona IV, who is also President of the Osu Traditional Council, said “Culture is not an insult to God and culture does not prevent any body from going to church.”

He appealed to Ghanaians to speak their respective Ghanaian language at home and English language while in school rather than the current unbridled and offensive promotion of the English language both in schools and homes. He said Ghanaians should not be ashamed to speak their dialect.

Speaking at the launch of Kids in Tourism Project at the forecourt of the Osu Mantse palace in Accra, he admonished parents, guardians and care givers to teach their children the Ghanaian culture and urged them to encouraged them to know their current and past chiefs.

Ms. Nana Akua Afriyie, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Melshe Travels and Kids in Tourism Ghana, on her part, said the objective of her outfit is to educate and inculcate the rich tourism potentials in Ghanaian kids hence the formation of Kids in Tourism Clubs in schools in Ghana. It current membership, according to her is about 4490 from over 52 schools spread across the Greater Accra region and parts of Eastern region and counting.

She stated that their objective is cover the 10 regions of the country, citing activities such as folklore, excursions, knowing Ghana, kids sanitation, tourism quiz, debates, paintings among others as their focus. Ms. Nana Akua Afriyie opined that Melshe Travels and Kids in Tourism Ghana intend to make the tourism sector the number one foreign exchange earner by getting Ghanaian children appreciate the sights and sounds of mother Ghana.


Early History of Osu:


Traditions relate that the pioneer settlers at Osu, in the Greater Accra Region, originated from Osudoku; other fragmented groups possess residual traditional of their own; while some segementry lineages attach their group ancestry to those considered to have a high prestige for purpose of amalgamation.

The origin of the Osudoku group points unequivocally to their ancestors having settled together with Dangme at a place called Lolovor (Taglogo) in the Accra Plains for a considerable length of time. Their ancient sacred home at Lolovor comprised the Merna and PaplonyoHils located about 32 kilometers southeast of the Akuapem Hills which become the cradle Dangme-Osu rich culture.

They prospered there, living in small patrilineal family groups ruled by patriarchal religious leaders. It was peaceful and prosperous until warfare plagued the region. In anticipation of further skirmishes, the Dangme and Osu ancestors left Lolovor and established themselves in easily defensible locations on the Krobo Hill (Klonyo or Klowen) and the Osu-yu Hill respectively. The Osu-yu Hill is known to contain valuable minerals.

On the Osu-yu Hill, they continued to be independent from domination by any of their neighbours, notably the Akuapem or the Danes, an important geographical factor that shaped the earlier Osu history.

Later, half of the Osu-yu people left in the year 1590 and finally settled at the present site of osu. The other half continued to live there in extreme insolation until they were ordered by the British authorities to evacuate the hill the same time the Krobos were similarly ordered in 1895.

The Osu-yu Hill, after being completely deserted became known as Osudoku (the suffix “do ku” simply means ‘deserted’ – eg Ladoku on the banks of the Laloi lagoon, Podoku near Tema, etc.

They set out from Osu-yu people left in the year Hill under the leadership of NoiKpenaku (or NoiSekan) who died when they reached Osu-yokopo near the Laloi Lagoon. His sister, Na Mole, being the Woyo of the god Bake, took over the leadership and brought them to Adzamanti near Aburi and then to Osuko near Kwao-Blenya where she died and was succeeded by NoteiDoku, son of TeteNutu, brother of NoiKpenaku.

Date: Saturday, October19, 2013