THE STORY OF WORAWORA
KNOW THE ORIGIN OF TOWNS
By: KWAME MPENE
(Founder of the Guan Historical Society)
Tradition confirms that the founding fathers of WORAWORA in the Volta Region originally belonged to the Kuntenase group of people who emerged from Asantemanso near Asumegya.
The group leader was Nana Banim Krofa who settled them at Akokofe.
When scarcity of water hit the place, they moved to KUNTENASE. The next leader, Asekyere Dwa, was faced with a series of wars against Anto Kofi of Aduafo, Nafo Aninkora of Bodweseanwo, Korangye Ampaw of Omanso, and Kwakye Dopoa of Atwereboana. In the end, he came out victorious and settled on the land.
The legend is that, one Anto Sampa (a brother of Nana Korangye Ampaw) who recommended the land to Nana Banim Krofa remarked: “Nana, Woko a, tena ase,” literally meaning “rest here after series of wars” an expression which became corrupted to KUNTENASE. The third leader Nana Awasiwa Boa lost his bid to own Lake Bosomtwe which became one of the treasured possessions of Asamanhene.
During the reign of the fifth chief of Kuntenase, Nana Odwisa, one of his subjects caught a large fish locally called Akabiri or Apatre, from Lake Bosomtwe. Due to its enormous size, the chief in turn presented it to King Opoku Ware (1731-1742). Unfortunately, the King complained to stomach upset after tasting the fish.
So the Kuntenasehene was summoned to appeared before the Kumasi chiefs accused of attempted poisoning
He averred that since he played a prominent role in the installation of the king, he could not eliminate him. But in his characteristic annoyance he showered insults on the chief who immediately contributed troops to attack Muntenase. The King himself fumed and threatened brimstone and fire.
In the pandemonium that ensued, groups of people escaped from Kuntenase to other parts of the country. They included:
The Worawora and Tapa under Tiprekese and Pompon respectively.
The Oyoko royal family of Kwawu Atibie under Otwerefor Tim.
The Aduana royal family of Obo Kwawu under Koranten Ampon.
The Oyoko royal family at Obogu in Asante Akyem under Apea Dwura.
The Oyoko royal family at Ahenkro (Sapon) in the Apai area under Gyansopa Yaw.
The Worawora migrant-leader, Nana Tiprekese, accomplished the Kwawu Atibie elders to Asante Kokofu where they separated. He trekked with his followers farther south towards the coast, and halted at Aburi, hear the site of the Botanical Garden.
Soon they migrated further across the Volta River and settled on Nkonya Wurupon land. It happened that on one occasion the host impudently seized an albino who was in the company of the newcomers for ritual purpose. This caused frequent skirmishes, resulting in the death of Nana Tiprekese.
As a result they moved to the top of Mt. Mmesom in Kwamekrom form where they could view the abode of the early settles on Openanaa and Oboguan hills. They attacked and look their lands form them, seizing control of the whole region which has since become their permanent abode.
Tradition holds that during their long journey from the Asante Region, their ancestors were known as KUNTENASEFO. And turning back they realized that they had, indeed, undertaken a long journey. The expression “Okwan no ware ware” became corrupted into WORAWORA!
The Spectator - Page: 31 Saturday, April 17, 2010