Today January 25, 2022

Ni Otu-Afro family invites external relatives to support family with expertise

Accra, Jan.4, GNA – The Nii Aboagye Otu-Afro family of the Akwamu Clan of Osu Alata, has mobilised the entire family, through a homecoming and get together exercise, to create an avenue for the young ones to familiarize themselves with the adults.

The exercise held at their family house in Achimota, was also for the family to tap each other’s professional expertise for the development of the entire family.

Members attended the event from Madina, Ashaiman, Abeka, Osu, Dome, Agormenya, Tema, Nungua, Mamobi, Alajo, Awoshie, and Gbawe among others.

Alhaji Sariki Alhaji Moro Ibrahim, Zongo Chief of a part of Adjen Kotoku, and a member of the family in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said as some members were Muslims; it was only prudent that they, especially the young ones got to know themselves so that they did not make mistakes about life choices.

“So I was happy to witness the programme that I planned with the Council of Elders. We needed to organise this homecoming exercise to inculcate in the young ones the morals and love for one another to maintain the family’s tradition,” he said.

Nii Ayibonte Adams II, the Chief of Achimota, who chaired the occasion, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, expressed optimism that the homecoming would make it easy for any family member in a difficult time outside the country to return home believing he or she would be well welcomed.

“Moreover, some members especially the younger ones did not know their family house and it was important that we mobilised them to show them around,” she said.

He encouraged other families within the ‘Ga’ community and beyond to emulate the action taken by the Nii Aboagye Otu-Afro to reunite their family, adding that the Otu-Afro family would become greater in the next five to ten years.

He reiterated that the family members with professional backgrounds in Ghana and abroad could use their expertise to support young ones in the family.

“Let’s assume somebody is a medical doctor here or a trader and you are not well or need something, you can go to him or her. We can do all these things, we can do it together to support ourselves,” he said.

Mr Everlove Nii Aboagye, the Interim Chairman of the family, advised the members to bury their differences and only highlight things that would unite them.

To achieve this, he said a constitution had been drafted to guide the operations of the family members

The Reverend Dr Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh, the Interim Vice Chairman of the family, giving a history of the family, said their great grandfather Otu-Afro Aboagye hailed from Akwamu in the Eastern Region, as a slave trader who conveyed slaves from Akwamu and Anyensu (their village) to Osu to sell them to the Danes in the Christianborg Castle, Osu, in the 17th century.

Otu-Afro Aboagye later moved from Akwamu together with Asomani (his Asafoatse or Chief Security Officer) to settle at Osu, where he later led a troop to seize the Christianborg Castle from the Danes for over a year.

His only son, Nii Otu-Afro Aboagye I, who became the first Benkumhene and head of the Akwamu clan at Osu with the stool name Nii Otu-Afro Aboagye Kako I, married four wives and gave birth to 13 children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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