My last visit to
Kuntu was in December 2014, in time for the Kuntu AyerYe festival. I
delayed my annual visit because it was becoming
difficult for me to walk. No need to worry, my
self-appointed care-givers, Hannah Osam-Pinankoh, Robert Ntisful and Janet
Intsiful, made sure that I had
My brief stay was exciting and successful. The AyerYe festival began with Nana Kwesi Brebo
III, chief of Kuntu, commissioning the new Kuntu community nurse clinic
and nurse quarters. Although the clinic was not fully supplied, the
nurses, Agnes Duedu and Lilian Puplampu, moved in and opened the clinic
for business. The clinic was built by the Mfantsemann Assembly but
will be managed by a village committee chaired by Queen Mother, Nana Obo
Montoa II. Villagers use their national heath insurance cards for payment.
We then marched to the new durbar grounds.
new pavilions were a gift from Professor W.O. Ellis, vice chancellor of Kwame
Nkruma University of Science and Technology, a son of Kuntu.
The AyerYe festival is celebrated
with drumming and dancing. Each clan in the village is represented by a captain in
the Asofo drum company of Kuntu. This year the Nsona family (not royal)
installed a new Asofo Akyire, woman captain, with a parade of drumming and dancing.
The festival included costumed
dancers dancing through the village.
The highlight was the parade of
chiefs. Nana Brebo and Queen Mother Nana Montoa, were paraded through the village on palaquins.
There was more dancing followed by speeches. For a moment, I forgot
myself and tried to join in the dancing. My caretakers were worried
and brought my cane but I decided it best to sit down. Nana Brebo
welcomed everyone to the festival and I summarized the KVNC experience in
Kuntu with a
After the festival I met with
about 40 Nkosohen scholars. They presented me with a plaque. I heard their aspirations for more
education. We renewed our committment to help all SHS scholars and
will support post-SHS scholars as
finances permit. Before leaving, I also met with the scholar