Story filed by: Nana Adwoa Gyasiwa
The Paramount Chief of Ekumfi Gyinankoma in the Central Region, Nana Ankoma Ogyaboafo IX, has joined his elders and his people to celebrate the memory of one of the revered Fante heroes, Egya Ahor, who sacrificed his life to save the Fantes from an epidemic, similar to the one currently being experienced across the globe.
According to the history of the Fantes who migrated from Takyiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region, namely the Borbor Fantes, Borbor Ekumfi and the Gomoas, Egya Ahor offered to be sacrificed to save his people from the scourge of a pandemic.
Speaking to PoliticsAfrika’s Nana Adwoa Gyasiwa during the commemoration ceremony, Nana Ankoma Ogyaboafo IX advised his people to adhere to the protocols outlined by the health authorities and frequently emphasized by President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo in his addresses in order to stay safe from the coronavirus.
“As you are adhering to directives from the President, I therefore edge you to also adhere to the protocols from the chiefs by quarantining family members who will travel from afar and near for two weeks to make sure there is no COVID-19 symptoms in the person before he goes out and mingle with others to help curb the spread of the virus” he said
Nana further added that “no one should, at this critical period, bring in dead bodies from afar into the town to be buried, but rather the person should be buried at wherever the death occurred.”