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Regional News Thu, 20 Jun 2019

Dormaa ‘Akyempemhemaa’ challenges Queens to restore tarnished reputation

Nana Ama Amponsaa, the ‘Akyempimhemaa’ of Dormaa Traditional Area in the Bono Region has taken a swipe at Queens and challenged them to do more to restore the tarnished image and dignity of “Queenship”.

She regretted that the promiscuous lifestyle of some Queens had tarnished and affected the dignity and societal reverence for queens thereby exposing the time-honoured noble traditional royal institution into public ridicule and disrepute.

Nana Amponsaa, aged 62, and has been on the stool for 42 years threw the challenge during a colourful ceremony for the installation of Nana Abenaa Amponsaa II, the new ‘Abontomahemaa’ of the traditional area at Dormaa-Ahenkro.

She emphasised that as the embodiment of women and girls, Queens must endeavour to live above reproach and shun negative attitudes they portrayed during their private lives immediately they ascended the throne.

Nana Amponsaa emphasised that faithfulness, righteous and godly living remained a hallmark, and advised married and unmarried Queens to remain faithful to their husbands and partners. She challenged the newly-installed ‘Abontomahemaa’ to open up to all the people, especially her opponents and ensure that she remained a unifier in the ‘Abontoma’ royal family.

Nana Afia Siraa, the ‘Dompemhemaa’ of the Dormaa Traditional Area indicated that unity was important if the new Queen could succeed, and advised her to identify and find lasting solutions to some perennial disputes in the royal family.

Nana Baffour Kwadwo Damoah, the ‘Abontomahene’, expressed appreciation to all the 15 royal families of the Dormaa Traditional Council and the entire ‘Abontoma’ royal family for their support which made his installation and that of the new Queen successful.

As required by Dormaa tradition, Odeneho Kyeame Yaa Yeboaa performed the traditional rites on behalf of Nana Akosua Fima Dwabeng II, the ‘Dormaahemaa’ to complete and seal the installation ceremony.

Nana Abenaa Apmponsaa II, the new ‘Abontomahemaa’, known in private life as Juliana Amponsah succeeded Nana Adwoa Kyeremaa, her grandmother who died eight years ago.
Source: ghananewsagency.org