OKOMFO ANOKYE SHRINE: another Ghanaian tourist attraction in jeopardy!

Posted on October 24, 2014


Asantehene visit

Very recently the Asantehene Osei Tutu 11 made an historic visit to the birthplace of Okomfo Anokye, the mystical priest who played a vital role in the creation of the historic Ashanti Kingdom. Here is the newspaper report entitled “Asantehene pays historic visit to Awukugua”. I love some of the quotes about chieftaincy and its role in development…

“He impressed upon them to help each other to promote development in their areas and to use the chieftaincy institution to impact positively on the lives of their people.
“We can hold all kinds of big and expensive durbars, if we do not do anything to develop our traditional areas and the lives of our people, then we do all that in vain,” he said.
Otumfuo reiterated the relevance of the chieftaincy institution and urged the youth to pay homage to it.”

Then a few days later another article “Save Okomfo Anokye’s Memory Family Calls for Assistance“. OMG!

Then I saw this article entitled Asantehene wants China built refinery in Kumasi.

So, where does the responsibility lie in refurbishing the attraction site and its maintenance? The family, the government, the Asantehene? Or a collaboration?

Another angle on this… the attraction site is 55 km outside Accra. Getting out of the hot, dusty, traffic clogged city would be a relief for any tourist. It would make a great excursion destination in the hills of the Eastern Region. What about the Accra regional tourist associations getting together as a project. A collaboration? Na, could never happen!

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