Denmark Queen Going To Akwamu Durbar

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Despite Chieftaincy Crisis & National House Of Chiefs’ Injunction

Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark, has been billed to visit the Akwamu Traditional Area on the last day of her three-day official visit to Ghana on the invitation of President Nana Akufo-Addo in spite of a protracted chieftaincy dispute presently at the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi for adjudication.

According to the Danish Embassy in Accra, Margrethe II, will on Saturday November 25, go on cultural visit to the Eastern Region and hold a press conference at Royal Senchi Hotel.

The visit will coincide with a  home-coming event to be organized by Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, dubbed, “Akwamu Nhyiamukese” in the name of the Akwamu Traditional Council, although  another royal family; The Yaa Ansaa Royal Family of Akwamu, has been challenging his legitimacy as the current Akwamuhene.

In colonial history, the Akwamus, are reported to have defeated the Danes and seized their Castle.  The durbar, has been planned to coincide with Margrethe II’s visit.

She is expected to see for the first time, some items taken from what is today known as Osu Castle, previously Fort Christiansborg in Osu- Accra, which until recently is the seat of government.  

The fort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf of Guinea, was built by DenmarkNorway in the 1660s.

The keys to the Osu Castle is currently with the Akwamus in a palace called, Akwamufie in the Eastern Region.

Interestingly, the Osu Castle, shares the same name with seat of Danish government- Christiansborg Palace.

It serves as a palace and government building on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is also the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark.

The keys and other items, are expected to be displayed for the Denmark Queen’s view and that of her entourage on November 25, during her visit to Senchi.

But the Yaa Ansaa Royal Family of Akwamu, explained that, it would be “contemptuous” for Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and for others, including President Akufo-Addo, ex-President, Jerry John Rawlings and other government appointees, to join him to mark the event, considering the circumstances the stool finds itself.

The Yaa Ansaa Royal Family of Akwamu, has served an injunction on the Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III alias Kwabena Owiredu and written to the Flagstaff House, the Police, the Danish Embassy, National Security and several other places, against the impending event in Akwamu, but it appears the organizers are bent on having their way with the blessing of President Akufo-Addo.    

Meanwhile, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol, has described the impending visit by the Queen of Denmark, as one that will greatly benefit the two countries.

Ambassador Degnbol, said this when she interacted with some selected journalists on Tuesday, ahead of Queen Margrethe II visit to Ghana from November 23-25, 2017

Ambassador Degnbol, said regardless of the fact that, Denmark has a lot that Ghana has learned and continue to learn from, there are some positives the country is chalking, which her country can learn from going forward.

According to her, initiatives such as the recently implemented paperless system, was one policy Denmark, will be seeking to learn from, as part of the queen’s visit next week.

“There is so much Denmark can learn from Ghana. It was just mentioned that Ghana now has a paperless Port in Tema, Denmark, doesn’t have a paperless port, so we would probably look for some technical assistance, somebody who could help us organize this in Denmark.

Also, on the cultural and human relations, there are so many things we can learn from Ghana. I have been living here for two and half years and I keep being positively surprised and overwhelmed by the attention that people are paying to each other.

The interest, they take about each other’s live, think about the well-being of family, of the children, of the old parents, if there is a funeral, everybody will attend. I think these are the things we are taking with us from Ghana”, she said.

The state visit, which is at the behest of President Nana Akufo-Addo, is to consolidate the long-standing and well-established relationship between Ghana and Denmark, while marketing the gradual transitioning of the relationship with Ghana from aid to trade.

She revealed, “When we planned for this visit, we were hoping that 25 companies might sign up for the business delegation, but we have 39 companies, who ended signing up, we actually had o put a cap, because it became unmanageable for us, if it was many more.

We have very large investors and big Danish companies, who are more than ready to work in Ghana.

The Thursday’s visit is Her Majesty the Queen’s 53rd in the world and first to the West African sub-region, and the Ambassador, said is one that they are excited about and are really looking forward to.

In a message, the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuesen and Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, who will be joining the Queen during the visit said,

“There is still a great potential for expanding the commercial cooperation, which the sizeable business delegation of 39 Danish companies from sectors such as Food and Agriculture, Sustainability and the Maritime, Infrastructure and Railway sectors, illustrate very clearly”.

The meeting at the Royal Danish Embassy on Tuesday, had three journalists from Citi FM, TV3 and Daily Graphic, who had the rare opportunity to visit Denmark few days ago, to interact with Queen Margarethe II, as part of her preparation towards her visit to Ghana.

Citi FM’s Bernard Avle, one of the journalists, who were in Denmark and interacted with the Queen, shared his experience and fond memories of the country with a population of five million.

Mr. Avle, said he was particularly amazed at how the people revered and cherished the Queen who he described as someone “who represents the history of Denmark”.

The host of Citi FM’s breakfast show, was also enthused about the “avowed commitment to environmentalism” adding “everybody believes in the green agenda, very efficient country, a society that is efficient and the focus is to make the environment last”.

Portia Gabor of TV3, also added that, she was interested in how Denmark managed to ensure that businesses are registered within two minutes, leading to them being rated as the best place to do business in the world this year.

The programme for the Queen’s visit are as follows: Thursday-23 November; Meeting between the Queen and President Akufo-Addo, Business conference and trade fair, Cultural visits in Accra, State Dinner hosted by President Akufo-Addo.

On Friday, the queen, will go on site visits in the Greater Accra Region, Meeting Danish residents in Ghana and dinner to be hosted by the queen.

 

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