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Asantehene & Mount Crest: Education or Advertisement

Fri, 4 Nov 2011 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has enrolled in Mount Crest University

College in Accra, to pursue a programme in Master of Law (Chieftaincy Law). Mr.

Kwaku Ansah-Asare, Chancellor of the university, who made this known to the Times in

Accra on Tuesday, said the Asantehene was offered a place in the university in

recognition of his distinguished role in the adjudication of land disputes in

Asanteman. Mr. Ansah-Asare, a former Director of the Ghana Law School, said the

Asantehene had been able to handle some critical and delicate cases which had been

pending in the law courts for over 80 years” Ghanaweb November 2, 2011.

Nana Asantehene

Otumfuo Osei Tutu

The King of Kings

The King of Gold

The King of Wisdom

The King of Knowledge

King of Kings in Asante

Ah! Beyond the Birim

Ah! Beyond the Ofin

King of Good Causes

Don’t demean Sika Gua

Don’t lend your title to all

To inconsequential causes

Passing advertisements

Posing in regalia ads

That melts with the sun

Don’t lend your name

To inconsequential causes

To backyard colleges

Mount Crest College

Cresting to nowhere

SCENE ONE

Here comes the Asantehene

Holding his school books

Holding his school bag

Doing all assignments

Doing fieldwork

Doing library research

Passing all written exams

Passing all oral exams

Writing a dissertation

Defending his thesis

So Asantehene gets an M. A.

Asantehene receives his M. A.

Fake M. A. that is

SCENE TWO

Here comes the Asantehene

Agog in Manhyia

Resplendent in kente

Enjoying it all

Having it all

Servants at hand

Scholars reading for him

Scribes writing exams for him

Linguists interpreting for him

Courtiers researching for him

So Asantehene gets an M. A.

Asantehene receives his M. A.

Fake M. A. that is

Nana Asantehene

So comes Mount Crest

Mushrooming Mount Crest

Free mushroom mushrooming

Mangled by Ansah-Asare

Happily set free by the NPP

With academic bankruptcy

Has mounted Mount Crest

Dangling Asantehene on it

On a precipice of ads

Advertising his school

His mushroom college

Ah! Asantehene mount

Ah! Mount Mount Crest

So mount the peak

So mount the Apex

So mount the Summit

So mount the pinnacle

So mount, mount & mount

And we fall flat in the face

Mount Crest is mushrooming

Mushrooming education for all

Using Asantehene as a bait

A bait to bait all Ghanaians

Mount Crest that is crestfallen

Mount crest is cresting

Cresting to nowhere

Nana Asantehene

Otumfuo Osei Tutu

The King of Kings

The King of Gold

The King of Wisdom

The King of Knowledge

King of Kings in Asante

Ah! Beyond the Birim

Ah! Beyond the Ofin

King of Good Causes

Don’t demean Sika Gua

Don’t lend your title to all

To inconsequential causes

Passing advertisements

Posing in regalia ads

That melts with the sun

Don’t lend your name

To inconsequential causes

To backyard colleges

Mount Crest College

Cresting to nowhere

*Akadu N. Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained oral

historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania with

her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In her

pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.