NANA ANYANI BUADUM III
BY: Francis Xah
In traditional, customary and chieftaincy circles is a distinguished personality in the name of Nana Anyani Buadum III, chief of Asankrangwa divisional area of the Western Region. The 88- year- old has been on the stool for almost 58 years. Incredible if not miraculous, because the ruler is still looking and feeling strong.
Nana’s reign as a traditional ruler has brought a lot of development to the people Asankrangwa and its divisional areas. For this and other laurels, his is adored and revered. When his people pray they say one on his behalf such is the love the people have for their distinguish leader.
In an interview recently, Nana said he was born somewhere in September 1923 at Nkwanta near Samereboi in the Western Region of Ghana.
Nana Anyani Buadum III is from the royal stock of the Agona Clan. As a child of the royal stock, Nana lived under the tutelage of kingmakers of the Agona family.
Nana Anyani Buadum began his education at Asankrangwa Government School and successfully completed in 1944, before embarking on further academic pursuits at the St. Augustine College at Cape Coast, from where he was selected and elected to occupy the Royal Stool at Asankragwa.
Precisely Nana Buadum the III, known as Odeheye Kwabena Sekyim, was customarily nominated, elected and selected as chief of Asankrangwa on March 27, 1952.
Nana said having assumed that high position, he first united the entire citizenry and made reign more open. “I consented that all sub- chiefs and principal elders within my chiefdom should be carried in palanquins during festivals, a practice which was hitherto not countenanced,” he said.
He said, he was very proud that one of his sub — chiefs, Nana Kofi Ampong I (Akwamuhene) has been elected to represent the region on the Council of State, in President Mill’s government.
Nana said he also introduced the communal system of organizing funerals and made them social obligation, instead of organizing funerals by individual families.
Nana constructed a new edifice of a palace to replace the old one built in 1937. Under his influence and initiative, Nana Buadum III established new market at Asankrangwa, Samereboi, Wasa Dunkwa, Benna Nkwanta, Ayensukrom and Toro Mpam.
He is also credited for the construction of the Asarikrangwa Durbar Centre, and from that initiative other communities likes Asankran- Moseaso, Oda Anhwiamu, Tigarikrom, Aboifie, and Attobrakrom, also put up their community centre.
Nana’s selfless and non- discriminatory nature in leasing lands for of both citizens and settlers alike, led to the rapid growth in size of Asankrangwa and other towns and villages.
The establishment of Asankrangwa Catholic Hospital was a unique achievement for Nana Buadum III. He and his elders, through communal labour and special contributions from the people got the hospital to be constructed.
He was instrumental in the establishment of Asankrangwa and Samereboi Post Offices, Police Stations, main Market (1962), Senior High School(1960), Senior Technical High(l 990), and Asankrangwa Water Supply(l 958 3d 998).
The rest are Wasa Amenfi West District Assembly Office, Forestry Services Offices, Cocoa Services Offices, Ghana Education Offices, Agricultural Offices, Town Parks and Asankrangwa District Magistrate Court.
Nana Buadum III is also credited for the proper documentation of the fragmentary history and Stool Land Title and Divisional area in 1974 to secure the geographical boundaries of the stool land.
He has also shown keen interest in all governmental projects located in his area, and committed a very vast piece of land at Asankran-Moseaso for the establishment of Model Cocoa Plantation by the Ghana Cocoa Board in 1977.
Nana was the chairman of the Board of Governors of Asankrangwa Secondary School from 1960 -1995 and as a result of his good work devotion and commitment during the period the school honored him by naming one of the boys’ dormitories after him in 1961. It is called “Buadum House”.
He also served on the Coca Marketing Board from 1961- 1962 and held the position of Vice Chairman of the Timber Marketing Board between 1964 — 1972. Between 1989 2000, Nana served a three conservative term as a government appointee at the Wasa Amenfi District Assembly.
AS A DIPLOMAT
Nana Buadum was one of the first Traditional Rulers who accepted American Peace Corps Volunteers in 1964 and as a result of that relationship, Mrs. Brown Soper a Peace Corps Volunteer has since made Asankrangwa her second home. No wonder the Brown House at Asankrangwa Secondary School was named after her.
The Union Temple Baptist Church also adopted orphans in the town and pay their school fees. Nana also presented a gift of leopard skin to the US President John F. Kennedy in 1963 through the Director of the Peace Corps Volunteer and a letter of appreciation from the White House for the gift fondly been kept in his archives.
Nana and his wife also had the opportunity to visit the US on several occasions, and on two occasions had the privilege of visiting the White House. He visited London in 1972, through the courtesy of the African Timber and Plywood Company Limited, whose head office was cited at Samereboi, on the Asankrangwa stool land. Nana and his wife undertook a pilgrimage in 1977 to Israel and Rome the holy land.
Nana Anayi Buadum III married his recurrent wife Mrs. Agnes Ntiako — Buadum in 1961 and had the marriage bless at the imaculate Conception Catholic Church at Asankrangwa in 1972. He is blessed with four children with his recurrent wife he has five from the previous marriage.
Nana likes reading, dancing and farming. Perhaps the greatest testimony worthy of emulation by all and sundry is that Nana Buadum during his entire 58years on the throne has never summoned any of his subjects, neighbors or chiefs to any law court.
This clean slate indicate the peaceful character of Nana Buadum III as he ruled over his subjects with virtues such as caring, sympathy, sensitivity, honesty and respect for everyone. Nana has also been grooming a lot of royals who can succeed him. Strangers who come to Asankrangwa choose to remain and build their houses there.
The Ebusuapayin of Asankrangwa Nana Kofi Appiah-Dwaah, in a telephone interview, has some kind words for Nana Buadum III. He said Nana is a dynamic ruler who leads by example and brought a lot of development to his people.
The Ebusuapayin said Nana Buadum was able to promote long-lasting peace among his sub —chiefs and elders. The Ebusuapayin said Nana would forever be remembered as the traditional ruler who brought peace and development to his people.
On every Tuesday, Nana personally leads the people to do communal labour. He weeds, sweeps, and cleans the open gutters. Once there were students, agitation at the Secondary School, Nana Anyani Buadum left home to sleep on school campus just to ensure the security of the students, teachers and the protection of school facilities.
Townsfolk testify how on this occasion Nana’s presence on the campus has restored order even. Nana Buadum paid tribute to Papa Totwene a partner and an age mate in development, elders and the people of Asankrangwa; Mr. Armoo (alias jeopardy) former secretary to the chief, Nana Ama Both II, Queen mother, Nana Gyan—Tufohene, Andrew Appiah, the stool secretary, Nana Adu Boahene- Gyaasehene, Nana Appia Dwaa — Ebusuapayin, etc. He paid tribute to the natives who have made it to the top and are now role models.
They include Father Mesu, Father Tawiah, Monsignor of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Anyani Boadu, General Overseer of Jesus Generation Evangelistic Ministry, Hon. Kofi Asante, Hon. Mrs. SonIul, Hon. John Gyetuah, the Deputy Minister of Trade, Hon. Alberto Takyi Hon John Abu, and current District Chief Executive, Hon. Victor Samuel Meisu, Nana Tano, who brought a lot of development to the town and Nana Blay.
THE SPECTATOR Page: 21 Saturday, October 24, 2009.