Osei Kyeretwie, GNA
Awua-Domase (B/A), Aug. 31, GNA – The late Paramount Chief(Omanhene) of Awua-Domase Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Korang VI was buried on midnight Thursday, fourth-day of his ‘Doteyie’ at the Awua-Domase royal mausoleum in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo Region.
Nana Korang, known in private life as David Boateng-Yeboah from the Saah/Gyamfi royal lineage of the Awua-Domase 'Bosomtwe' Stool was born on 4 October, 1951 and became Omanhene at the age of 29.
Twice elected as Vice-President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs (BARHCs), from 2001-2004 and 2005-2008, he reigned for 37 years and died at age 66 on Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 after battling with ill-health for some time.
Nana Kofi Owusu, the younger brother of Nana Korang, said the latter completed the General Certificate of Education (GCE) O’level at then Sunyani Secondary School, now Sunyani Senior High School in 1971, joined the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board (GCMB) in 1972 afterward and stationed in Sunyani.
But whilst still an employee of GCMB, Nana Korang was “whisked away” to be installed as the Omanhene of Awua-Domase, thus becoming the 11th occupant of the ‘Bosomtwe’ Stool of the traditional area on December 22, 1980, Nana Owusu told the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the Doteyie on Thursday at Awua-Domase.
Historically and traditionally, any occupant of the Awua-Domase ‘Bosomtwe’ Stool is the son of the occupant of the ‘Puduo’ Stool of Bantama in Kumasi , he said, implying that the current Bantamahene (Chief of Bantama), Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI is the father of Nana Korang.
Nana Owusu, who was also a member of Nana Korang’s Doteyie and burial planning committee, said because of that the Bantamahene had to come on Thursday, being the fourth day and climax of the Doteyie to sit in state to preside over affairs preceding the internment of his son.
He continues by the virtue of his position as the head of the Kurontire Division of the Kumasi Traditional Council, Baffour Amankwatia also represented the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the funeral which, since Monday, August 27 was attended by people from all walks of life- traditional rulers, politicians, the clergy and citizens of Awua-Domase, both home and abroad.
Nana Korang was a devoted member of the Methodist Church Ghana and worshipped at the Ebenezer Methodist Church at Awua-Domase.
Meanwhile his burial service held earlier on Wednesday was led by the Right Reverend Daniel Kwasi Tanoh, the current Methodist Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese and a number of reverend Ministers.
Some members of the congregation who spoke to the GNA testified that Nana Korang could effectively combine his duties as traditional ruler and a Christian, saying aside donations in cash and kind, he was always deeply involved in their evangelisation activities.
The Right Reverend Kofi Asare Bediako, the immediate past Methodist Bishop of Sunyani, who delivered the sermon, said Nana Korang “possessed a lot of qualities that made him different from a lot of chiefs”.
Bishop Bediako described him as “very approachable, affable, tolerant, peace-loving, kind and humble”, adding that despite his status as ‘Omanhene’, “he respected and humbled himself under the Church authority and any other person being young or old who came his way”.
He recounted his diverse contributions towards the growth of the Church, saying they included 8.764 acres of farmland land at Sereso in the District and another three acres at “mid-way” on the Odomase-Kwatire road to be developed as prayer centre and children’s hospital.
From tributes read by the family, wife, children and friends, Nana Korang contributed to achieve a lot for the political and socio-economic development of the Brong-Ahafo Region and a remarkable one was the modern palace he built for the Awua-Domase Traditional Council but since 2008 has been used as the temporal office accommodation for the Sunyani West District Assembly.
Nana Korang left behind a wife, Madam Grace Agyemang and 10 children.