Tags : Africa

Gestures and their Meaning in Adowa and Kete Dance

Nana Appau Wiafe Sanwansan, Hemanhene dancing to the tunes of Kete at Manhyia Palace, Kumasi. The controversy of the meaning of gestures during Adowa and Kete performance has become a bone of contention. Whereas one school of thought is much concerned with the meaning of the gestures, another school of thought is of the view […]Read More

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Role of Akan women in pre-colonial times

The society of the Akan people is matrilineal. Hence among the Akan women are the dominant force. They believe, that the Mogya (blood) is transferred exclusively through the female (mother) line. The Ohemaa, the female King or Queenmother as she is called by Europeans is the owner of the state, the Ohene (male King) is […]Read More

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Twi Proverbs, Translations, Interpretation and Meanings

Veteran writer, Kwame Kyei-Baffour takes us on a journey of proverbs, translations, interpretations and meanings to get a grasp of ancient Akan/Asante knowledge and wisdom. DO enjoy reading. ——————————————-1. Okomfo Anɔkye boaa Naa Osɛi Tutu no,aboadeɛ na ɔgyeɛ na woangye Asanteman( Okomfo Anokye’s reward for helping Osei Tutu was a customary pledge; he never demanded […]Read More

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The Origin, meaning and history of Otumfuo Hia Stool

The word or title HIA/HIAHENE has been in the news lately. That’s attributable to the choice of Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, as successor to Ɔheneba Agyeman Atwerebuoanna IV, as Hiahene by the Kwabere Botantia Otumfuo HIA Stool elders. Like his predecessor who was an accomplished International Economist, Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei comes to the Hia Stool with […]Read More

Always be mindful and conscious of what you seek

The attached finial atop Asante (AKAN) Okyeame Poma (Linguist/Spokesman Staff) depicts a bird with a bone in its beak “mouth” perched on a tree with a dog sitting below, and gazing at the spectacle before it. The finial is described in Twi as: “Asansa afa dompe, etua na no kwa, etua na no kwa, Ɔkraman […]Read More

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Nana Tuffour: Ash-Town and Asanteman loses cultural icon

News of Nana Tuffour’s death came to me this morning via some posts on Facebook. The posts had about them the hesitancy and lack of specificity with which our people disseminate national tragedies.  My immediate reaction was to call the person from whose post I picked the premonition of some unpleasant breaking news. The confirmation […]Read More

Cotton Cloth is indigenous to Africa – response to Prof

I’m also posting my response to a posting on (Ghana Pan-Africanist) by Prof James Small….. because I think it is relevant: Prof Small is absolutely correct regarding the Movie industry in Ghana, and it’s NEGATIVE portrayal of African religion vis-a-vis it’s portrayal of the white supremacist ideology called Christianity. It is always Christianity to the […]Read More

Elizabeth Ohene: I can breathe here

It felt personal. As I watched the breath ebb out of George Floyd under the deliberate weight of the knee of the uniformed white police officer on his neck, I felt the asphyxia myself. That human being struggling for breath on the street of Minneapolis could have been me, could have been my son, could […]Read More

AsantemanWeb Profile: B.A Mensah of Kumawu

Benjamin Mensah was born on Saturday 13 September 1924 in Kumawu, in Asanteman. He was the 8th out of 11 children of his parents, Opanin Kwame Basoa and Madam Akosua Taa (3 of the children died at birth), only one now remains. His father was a cocoa farmer and his mother was a vegetable farmer. […]Read More