I returned to
Kuntu in December, in time for the Kuntu AyerYe festival. I delayed my annual visit to Kuntu because of a back problem that made it
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.
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
brought my cane but I decided it best to sit down. Nana Brebo
welcomed everyone to the festival and I had to give a
After the festival I met with
about 40 Nkosohen scholars. All scholars were not in the village because SHS are
boarding schools and classes were in session. I heard their aspirations for more
education. We are committed to help all SHS
scholars and are supporting post-SHS scholars as
finances permit. Before leaving, I also met with the scholar