HISTORY OF ADUKROM, GHANA

About Okere

 

Adukrom the capital of Okere


Introduction:

Adukrom is the capital of the 0kere Traditional Area. Situated on the beautiful Togo Atakora hills on the main Ho-Koforidua main trunk road in the northern part of Akuapem, it is also the political and administrative capital of the Okere Constituency which is currently represented in Parliament by the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament, Hon. DanBotwe.

Adukrom has an estimated population of 4,000 by way of people who are normally resident in the town. The town used to be the capital of the Nifa Division of the Akuapem State which was created in 1730. The Nifa Division which is currently the Okere Traditional Area is situated on the extreme north of the Bewase Ridge of the Akuapem Togo Mountains on the North-East of Accra.

Towns:

The Traditional Area comprises seven main towns viz Abiriw, Dawu, Awukugua, Adukrom, Apirede, Aseseeso and Abonse and over one hundred and fifty smaller towns and villages which residents hail from one of the seven main towns. The language spoken amongst the indigenes of the area is Kyerepon.

Clans:

Adukrom has fifteen clans headed by Adadifo. The clans are Anunkode, Asenkere, Agyekere, Animade, Aduawi, Akoawi, Akukude, Adwede, Akremede, Asewde. Akofide, Abondi, Amuakwade, Akoside and Abonde.
The selection and enthronement of the Chief and the Queen of Adukrom is the preserve of the Anunkode clan which is made up of three royal gates.

Traditional Leaders:

The Chief of Adukrom is Nenye Otutu Kono III, an appeal Court Judge, known in private life as Justice Asare Korang. The Queen mother is Awo Adwoa Gyeko. These two traditional leaders are assisted by a very dynamic team of sub-chiefs/queens and youth groups. The rescent Youth Leader/Mmrantehene is Nenye Adu Asante whilst the Mmabaahemaa is Awo Adwoa Kokwe.

The Town Council is chaired by Mr. Paul Larbi, an accomplished retired banker. Hon. Phillip Dankwa represents the Aninkode Electoral Area, Hon. Adjei Larbi represents, the Methodist Mission Electoral Area; Hon. Yaw Gyampo is for the Akoawi Electoral Area whilst Hon. E. Odame Amoah is for the Abonde/Presby Electoral Area at the Akuapem North District Assembly.

Scholars and Achievers:

Adukrom does boast of many renowned scholars and achievers of national and international repute and these notables are a pride to the town. These include but not limited to Mr. Asiedu Mante, the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mr. William Aboah, the former Director of Ghana Immigration.

Prof. Edwin Afari, formerly of World Health Organisation, Mr. A.A. Akuoko, Director in charge of the Computer Selection System for the BECE, Mr. Sam Aboah of Sambus who is a Member of the University of Ghana Council, Mr. Frank Mpere – Formal Secretary to Cabinet, Justice Henrietta Abban, Justice S.Y. Anim ; both of the Court of Appeal.

Others include, Mr. Asare Menako-Administrative Manager A.T.L, Lawyer Adjei Lartey, Lawyer Kofi Larbi – Chief Director, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Edward L.K.Darko, Company Secretary Ghana Post, Prof. E.A Asare who established the Centre for Renewable resources at KNUST, Christine Okae Asare .Director, Environmental Protection Agency.

Mention is also made of Ankobea David Addo Ashong, first MD of First Atlantic, Merchant Bank, Mabel Awurabena Aboah, first woman surgical specialist in Ghana, Hon. Sussan Apau of Fidelity Bank, Mr. J.G. Baidoo, first headmaster of Nifa Secondary School.
Others are Air Marshal M A Otu, K. Gyeke-Dako, J.O. Mensah (Okere Contractors) all of blessed memory.

Men of Valour:

Adukrom is noted for its men of immense valour. In recent times (2009) two young men braced the odds and even at the peril of their lives to save the life of a toddler who was being swept away during a heavy downpour. This is not strange because this spirit of valour runs though our blood. During the “Awunasa” war fought in the Mid 19th Century, Nenye Otutu Opare Ababio I (Aketewa) rallied the then Nifa Division to foil the Awunasa onslaught after all the other Akuapem Division had fled.

The captured Okuapehene, Nana Kwadade I, was rescued and carried safely to Akropong by Nenye Otutu Opare Ababio. For this valour, Nenye Otutu Opare Ababio was given the exclusive right as the first divisional chief to possess an Adongua (Stool of Bells), Ntakrakyew (Cap of the devastator or feathers) and duo-fontonfrom drums. It is only in recent times that other chiefs in Akuapem have been enjoying the company of double fontomfrom. One significant aspect of the Otutu stool is that no occupant has ever been destooled.

Farming Activities:

Adukrom can be described as an averagely dynamic center of farming and trading activities. Its suburbs such as Asenema, Krutiase, Mintakrom, Okrakwadwo Garikope, Nyensi, Deveme, Nkyenoa, Sanfo, Lakpa, Amahi, etc. produce more than a quarter of the foodstuffs that are sent to Accra and Tema.

With its special cassava species, touted as one of the best in Ghana, the lower part of the Constituency on the main Adukrom Koforidua road is an area where the President’s special initiative for cassava production could receive a massive boost.

Social Amenities:

Adukrom hosts two Senior Secondary Schools and four Junior Secondary Schools. There is also a private commercial institution which specializes in training in Information Communication Technology. The location of the town has made it easier for the construction of three mobile phone cell sites; one by Tigo and the others by One Touch and MTN. Plans are far advanced to site other communication cell sites in the town. Radio communication in the town is therefore very much enhanced.

It also boasts of a police station, a clinic, a bank, a market, and a reliable water supply from the Booster Station located just at the foot of the hill between Aseseeso and Adukrom. The town’s electricity supplies are unfailing and it is expected that the service providers of water could do their best to improve its current performance in the town.

The most recognizable characteristic of the people of Adukrom is their warmth.

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