Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Fante Confederacy re-born
From: DAVID YARBOI-TETTEH, Cape Coast
AS Ghana celebrates its 50th Independence Anniversary, the Fante Confederacy, one of the foremost pressure groups which resisted colonial rule is being reborn, according to a group of successor chiefs that constituted the confederacy.
At a news conference here on Saturday, Nana Kweku Awusi, Chief of Abeadze, spokesman for the group said the revival of the confederacy is in appreciation of the role that the chiefs played in the struggle for the country’s independence.
The Fante Confederacy was formed in 1868 by the Chiefs to present a common front in the fight against colonialism, exploitation, poverty, illiteracy, disease and under-development.
The confederacy comprised chiefs from Agona Nsaba, Senya Breku, Awutu Beraku, Winneba, Agona Nyakrom, Breman Essikuma, Breman Essiem, Ajumako, Enyan Dennkyira, Enyan Miam, Enyan Abasa, Gomoa Ejumako and Gomoa Assin.
Others were Ekumfi, Mankessim, Anomabu, Nusumkum, Abeadze, Kwaman Kese, Abura, Asebu, Cape Coast, Elmina, Eguafo, Abirem, Komenda, Shama, Essikado, Sekondi, Wassa Mponhor, Wassa Fiase, Busua and Lower Dixcove.
The rest are Upper Dixcove, Twifo Heman, Twifo Mampong, Atti Mokwaa, Denkyira, Akyem Kotoku, Akyem Bosome, Assin Manso and Assin Praso.
Nana Awusi said that it was the pressure exerted by the confederacy on the colonial masters for self determination that led to the transfer of the capital of the Gold Coast from Cape Coast to Accra in 1874.
“Today, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration and to remind ourselves of the role we played as a people in the struggle for independence, we celebrate the formation of the Fante Confederacy and this will be done by the kingdom and chiefdoms that constitute the confederacy”, he added.
He stated that the new confederacy will be used to address issues that have led to the slow development of the various committees and not to engage in any partisan politics or create ethnic tension.
He therefore urged all citizens of the land to support the new initiative in order to realize its vision.
The Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Page: 18