The Asanteman Association of Columbus, Ohio has taken a legal action against Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem II, Tepamanhene for allegedly meddling in the affairs of the Association. The case is now on trial with the Court of Common Pleas, in Columbus, Ohio and this has put him in a defensive mode.
Among others, Nana is charged with having systematically manipulated and maneuvered through false documentation to have the Swearing-in Ceremony by this Association cancelled. This happened ten days prior to the event date. The irony of this story was that, the ceremony had already been approved by the Asantehene, OTUMFUO Osei-Tutu II and all forms of preparation were already in place.
It is also reported that all efforts by the Asanteman Council of North America (ACONA) were unsuccessful as Nana Tepahene refused them an audience. ACONA is the umbrella organization that acts as the liaison between Asantehene and citizens of Ashantis residing in Canada and the United States, especially with regard to cultural matters such as enstoolment and swearing in of chiefs and queens of member associations.
This reporter was further informed the members of the Asanteman Association were suspicious because they thought OTUMFUO would never act like that, and filled with consternation, they were seeking for answers to so many questions through ACONA. All efforts by ACONA to seek clarification from MANHIA palace were fruitless as Nana Tepamanhene succeeded in blocking all forms of communication between ACONA and Asantehene. He also blocked a letter sent by the Attorney representing the Association to Asantehene.
To this end, the members of the Asanteman Association of Columbus, Ohio felt that Nana Tepamanhene had usurped the powers of OTUMFUO and ignored the enviable good image that has always been tied to the chieftaincy. They also contend that through his unscrupulous actions, they had incurred financial loss. They, therefore, had no choice than to resort to this legal action.
By: Henry Aubyn