Accra, Nov. 23, GNA – The Osu Traditional Council will mark the 10th anniversary of the celebration of the enstoolment of His Majesty D. F. Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the Osu Mantse and the President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.
The celebrations, which is a week-long event, forms part of the initiative of the Council to recognize the tremendous achievements of the Osu Mantse.
A statement from the Traditional Council said ahead of the celebrations to herald a new chapter for the people of Osu, several events have been slated to ensure the active participation of all Ghanaians, who were expected to complement the roles of traditional leaders in the development agenda.
It said the highlights of the landmark event include the launch of His Majesty’s Achievements Documentary and Special Awards Night Ceremony to be held at the Banquet Hall, State House – Accra on Wednesday, November 29.
The event is being held under the theme: “Traditional Leaders, Key Partners in Development”, and it will be chaired by Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli Traditional Area and President of the National House of Chiefs.
The statement said in addition to showcasing the achievements of the Osu Mantse, as a key partner in development and also a traditional leader, there would also be the Osu Stool Awards Night with Citations to Honour some entrepreneurs from Osu, private organizations, politicians and indigenes, who have contributed significantly to the development of Osu and the nation.
It said under the reign of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the Osu Paramount Area, has witnessed a peaceful kingdom, which has fostered peace and unity for the socio-economic transformation of the Osu community as exemplified in the renovation of the Osu Mantse’s White Palace.
It also gave a facelift to the Royal Mausoleum, construction of the Osu Community Library, construction of modern boreholes in four quarters of Kinkawe, Ashante, Alata and Anorhor.
It said Nii Dowuona VI has also taken bold steps to solicit the support of investors to leverage State assets in favour of his people and has also launched the Osu Mantse Community Development Initiative (OMANCODI).
OMANCOD is community-based initiative aimed at supporting the national government in the socio-economic improvement of the Osu State with the focus on Health, Education, Agriculture and Real Estate Development.
The statement said other achievements include the establishment of a Traditional Council, refurbishment of the Osu Mantse Palace and the establishment of the Osu Educational Fund and settling of the 60-year-old chieftaincy dispute in Osu, as well as organizing a befitting burial for five major late chiefs of Osu.
They are Nii Nortey Dowuona III (aka Mantse Nortey Kwashie 1916 - 1931), Mantse Nii Noi Owuo II – 1931 – 1949, Nii Noi Dowuona IV (aka Noi Roman – 1951 - 1962), Nii Narteh Dowuona V – 1963 – 1969; and Mantse Nii Nortei Owuo III – (aka Jonathan – 1970 – 1982).
It said under his reign, the Osu Stool was elevated to Paramount Status on the April, 27, 2012 and this brought Osu to greater prominence in the hierarchy of traditional areas in Ghana, and gave the Osu Traditional Area a greater say in its affairs.
“Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI has since been a Member of the National House of Chiefs,” the statement said.
It said Nii Kinka Dowuona VI received the Distinguished Fellow Award in recognition of his brilliance, leadership and his immense contribution to human, intellectual and cultural freedom and progress and by virtue of this Award, he has become a Member of the Distinguished Scholars of Africa.
He also received several citations including ones presented to him by Commandants, Senior Command and Staff Colleges of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and Town Keys Storey Wall – Zimbabwe Staff College.
Having successfully completed a Chieftaincy Leadership Conference, the Cambridge Graduate University International, Boston– Massachusetts upon the recommendation of the Faculty, certified Nii Kinka Dowuona VI and awarded him Cambridge Graduate University International and Africa Chieftaincy Transformational Leadership Institute - Global Leaders and Global Impact Certificate.
The Osu Traditional Council, under the leadership of the Paramount Chief, has established a Welfare Fund to assist brilliant but needy children of the community and so far – over one hundred students of both sexes in Senior High School and at the tertiary levels have been beneficiaries.