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Enstoolment of Chief

The procession for enstoolment of Chief Nana Kobena Kannie I, featuring a carried seat and red umbrella
Procession for the enstoolment of Chief Nana Kobena Kannie I

On Saturday, February 27, 1993, Charles Ocansey was installed as Nana Kobena Kannie I, Nkosohene (a low-level chief) of the Anomabu Traditional Area. A much-respected member of the Anomabu community, the honor of being named a chief was likely bestowed upon Mr. Ocansey in order to include a person of his educational background (he holds business degrees) on the town’s council. As is the case with most ceremonies of this importance, it draws together most of the main constituencies in the community as a display of mutual support. Music making, as usual, plays a prominent role in this community celebration.

Fante and Akan chiefs possess elaborately carved stools that are incorporated into ceremonies as icons of their authority. In death, these stools become ceremonial objects through which they are honored. Because of the symbolic importance of these stools, the Akan refer to the installation of a new chief as his enstoolment.

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