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James Town mantse inducted into stool house

Principal Kingmakers and elders of the Alata Traditional Area in Accra on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, performed the necessary traditional and customary rites to induct the newly-installed Paramount Chief of James Town, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II, into the Ajumaku Dewurampong royal stool house.

The customary rites were undertaken by the Chief Priest (Wolumo) of Ajumaku Dewurampong, Numoo Jamrah III and supported by the principal stool father of Ajumaku Royal Stool, Nii Tetteh Tsuru III and Kingmaker (Dzaasetse ) for the Stool, Nii Ayi Okujeaman IV.

The initiative attested to the fact that Oblempong Wetse Kojo II was traditionally endorsed as the legitimate person to ascend the throne of Alata Nglenshie paramount stool to succeed the late substantive James Town Mantse, Oblempong Kojo Ababio V, who passed away on the 22 December 2017, after a short illness.

Oblempong Wetse Kojo II, known in private life as Dr. Prince William Asharku Bruce-Quaye was installed and enstooled on Friday, 1 February 2018, after satisfying all the required customary processes of the Ngleshie Alata paramount stool.

His enstoolment follows a consensus that was reached by the Kingmakers of the two gates of the Ngleshie Alata James Town Stool; Nii Kofi Akrahie We and Nii Wetse Kojo We.

Oblempong Wetse Kojo II also swore the oath of office, secrecy and allegiance before the Ajumaku royal stool amidst chanting of war songs and beating of royal war drums in the Ajumaku Dewurampong stool house.

The ceremony followed with a procession from Ajumaku stool house through the principal streets of James Town to Nii Appiah We, where other traditional and customary rites were also performed to induct into the house Oblempong Wetse Kojo II.

The third royal house for the induction ceremony was Adanse We, also known as Wetse Kojo We, where similar traditional and customary rites were also carried out.

The last port of call for the induction was Nii Sampah Kojo We, where libation was poured by Nii Hansen, the warrior king of the Ga state to unite all the various ruling houses and the people of James Town Ngleshie Alata traditional area to officially bring to recognition the paramount chief Oblempong Wetse Kojo II.

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