KUMASI, GHANA, AKWASIDAE AND OTHER STUFF….

Posted on June 16, 2010

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Last weekend was Akwasidee here at Manhyia Palace, Kumasi, home of the Asantehene, paramount chief of the Ashantis. Every forty-two days, chiefs and dignitaries come to pay homage to Otumfuo. It is a time of festivity and pageantry.

Needless to say, Four Villages Inn had guests specifically here to catch the event and, of course, the shutters were clicking.

Here are two great shots captured by Allie Stessin from the U.S. who was visiting her husband Alex who was working as a physician at a clinic at Elmina.

Asantehene-photo by Allie Stessin

Former President of Ghana J.A. Kuffour-photo by Allie Stessin


Here’s what they wrote in the FOUR VILLAGES INN guest book:

Allie and Alex Stessin-June 14, 2010


Allie: Thank you so much Chris and Charity! We had a wonderful time staying at 4 Villages. It was such a pleasure meeting both of you and we hope to be back to visit you again.

Alex: Dear Chris and Charity! Medasse pii! Nyame nhyiramo! Y’ani agye see Yahiya mo,na y’ani da so see yebehiya bio!!

The English translation of the Twi is: Thank you very much. God bless you. We are happy that we met. We know that we shall meet again.”

Now you are probably wondering how Alex, an American, knows how to speak and write Twi. Well, he worked at St. Vincent’s’ Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut where many Ghanaians work. He befriended many and made a resolution that he would learn the language in a year and come to Ghana to do a short internship.

He told Charity and I that he was the only doctor at the clinic where he worked and that “nobody working there really had any medical knowledge”!

Fact: THERE ARE MORE GHANAIAN DOCTORS WORKING IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK ALONE THAN IN THE WHOLE OF THE COUNTRY OF GHANA.

Alex’s response: “Can you blame them when salaries and conditions of service are so poor in Ghana.”

Madinghana told him to go and yell at all those Ghanaian doctors raking in the bucks to come home to Ghana and help in the national development of their country.

HEALTH IS WEALTH!

PLEASE NOTE THE NEXT AKWASIDEE IS JULY 25. SEE YOU AT FOUR VILLAGES INN WHEN WE’LL ASK YOU TO SHARE YOUR BEST PICTURES!

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