In spite of, or perhaps because of his generally acknowledged incredible achievements, the origin of Okomfo Kwame Anokye Frimpon Kotobre, popularly known as Okomfo Anokye, like his �death� is shrouded in myth and mystery. In 1921, Nana Kwadwo Apau, Chief of Agona and �direct descendant� of Okomfo Anokye recounted the ancestry to the English anthropologist R.S. Rattray, that curiously linked Okomfo Anokye�s ancestry to Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
During the course of the funeral, as related by McCaskie, Okomfo Anokye in his human form appeared at the outskirts of the town. He met a hunter from Gyamase (a nearby town), who upon the Great Priest�s enquiry as to the commotion at Agona answered that a greedy nephew of Okomfo Anokye had disobeyed his uncle�s instructions and had pronounced the Great Priest�s death, hence all the commotion at the funeral in Agona.
Upon reflection, it is sad that of late some of our misguided Ghanaian Christian Pastors and other similarly misguided people, have taken to deriding the achievements and personality of Okomfo Anokye as idolatry and anathema. It is this sad reality due to the colonization of the African mind that concerns me. In every corner of the globe, people respect their tradition and culture in spite of so-called �modernity�. Other cultures still regard similar feats as the gospel truth. To wit: Moses received Ten Commandments from Heaven and resulted in Judaism; a virgin birth of Jesus resulted in Christianity; Mohamed�s vision led to Islam; think about Buddha and Buddhism; or Hinduism and its prophets; in the United States, Joseph Smith had a �vision� in the 1820's in New York and that led to the birth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Mormons. Examples are legion. It is only Africans who tend to undermine and disrespect their own culture while hanging on to the �truths� of received ideas from foreign lands.
I have never heard a white Christian Pastor condemn Julius Caesar or any of the Roman and Greek gods. Rather, the collapsing temples of Greek and Roman �idolatry� are promoted as national treasures, visited by Popes, Cardinals, Pastors, Christians and countless tourists. I wonder if one cannot be an African Christian, and yet remain respectable of what his ancestors accomplished, just as Europeans seem to have done. Why should some African Christians view Chieftaincy and its regalia as idolatrous, when the white missionaries who converted Africans to Christianity were sent to do that job with the blessings of their Queens and Kings? Okomfo Anokye never met any Christian missionary, black or white. He accomplished his task by his God-given talents. In the least, we must revere him, and in so doing show respect to ourselves and to our customs and to our tradition.
knyame64 wrote:Hi Qlypse,
What l put here is a start.My plan is to dev. this topic to the point on covering a good portion on what can be known and said about Anokye Komfuo,the great medicine man,king maker,law maker,nation builder and visionary.
l'm hoping to attract good contributors as l can't do this alone.
Thanks for you contribution.But more is needed.Get hold of your old folks and squeeze as much info from them as possible.
l'm visiting Ghana early next year and one of my missions is to get info on our history and culture from a few remaining old wise heads in my village.l'm armed with a recorder.
Here is a little piece l found on the subject of Okomfo Anokye and the golden stool.
Back in 2006 a forumer suggested that the miracle of the golden stool shld be taken out of our history books and put into children's bedtime stories.
And here is your(Qlypse) reply to him........
Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:37 am Post subject:
Its funny how we accept and embrace these Europeans (in other words 'THE CHRISTIAN TRADER' or the white Chritsian master/Jewish and their myths about our(humans) existence and these outdated so called Jewish miracles without questions and ignore or stupify our own culture or stories told by our ancestors. How this race is lost unbeliveable, its beyond understanding. We must get rid of Komfo Anokye's stories from our history books and keep the slave masters stories right or we must replace Komfo Anokye's stories with Christopher Columbus Adventures, yes? I bet you are probably one of those black people Malcom X would call Uncle Toms. Would do anything for the Christian Trader, would trust somebody who landed on his continent with Bibles and rifles and enslaved millions of his people and told him his religion is the ONE.
l bet you can't remember this.
quophi aletse wrote:so kwame how is the research coming.....my dad told me about this but most of it u have hit on...... nice thread still....
Your post makes my point. We must not allow ourselves the luxury of limiting the value of Okomfo Anokye's dealings with the creator to one post. In so doing we run the risk of becoming unwitting participants in the colonisation of our religions. We have to learn to stop selling ourselves short and begin to beat the drum of self-worth
The presence of Sikadwa Kofi at Manhyia is too much evidence to resign this giant of an African Godman to one post. The evidence that lives in Awukugua must not be allowed to collect historical dust. In fact, our schools and universities MUST study Okomfo Anokye. We MUST build a religion around this Godman whose unique deeds are there for all to see. We cannot assign him just one post on Ghanaweb.
It is ironic that a religion and tourist industry have been built around the Jewish Godman called Jesus while we are only too happy to remove Okomfo Anokye from school curriculum. A close look will reveal that most of the achievements of Jesus had been performed by other Godmen before he was born. Okomfo Anokye's achievements are unique to him and him only.
The Ashanti nation must take the lead in transforming this unique historical figure before the misguided christians who rule Ghana consign Okomfo Anokye to historical wilderness and academic exile.
Long Live Okomfo Anokye and Asanteman!! Long Live Ghana!!!
General Lucifer wrote:
(I must say that it is not the worship of Gods that i am concern;it is the message that the problems of the blackman is sokved by 24/7 prayers,going to church 3 times a week,donating a tenth of your monthly wage to a God, begging God to keep the devil at bay; these and other similar self- defeating doctrines are at the core of my concern.)
Despite the failure of these christian doctrines of dependability on a God for ones well-being, advocates still continue to propagate not only the so-called good news but engage in the exploitation of the ignorant masses using the name of their christian deities.
In contrast to the self-proclaimed biblical Godmen of today, the Akomfo prophets of old,encouraged self-reliance,unity,respect of good traditional values,self-worth and the like. They did not tell their people they are filthy sinners and did not exploit their high position for personal gain. History tells us our forefathers,through the guidance of Akomfo, were morally superior than the folks of our christianity-infested age.
Now Isn't Black Africa,while rich in resources, the poorest continent on earth. If anything,the so-called good news of salvation and riches, preached by their money- hungry pastors, has made most christianity- infested africans more dependable on a God and hence unable to find ways to come out of their problems;
The Blackman had lost his creative spark.He is more into time wasting religiousity than productive creative pursuits hence his poor state of affairs. The ancient Africa priesthood promoted doctrines of self-reliance and can- do attitude.
No amount of prayers or worship of a God can lift him up unless the God-worshiping Blackman becomes wise enough to change his thinking about life and Gods. Sadly, this change isn't likely to happen; It is in the interest of money-making pastors to push worshipers deeper into the darkness.
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