Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The King of the Forest "Kwaebibirem"

Photo credited to Ghanaweb. Osagyefo flanked by Honourable Paul Boateng and Honourable Isaac Osei in London.
Okyeman (or the kingdom of Akyem Abuakwa) is a large traditional area in the Eastern Region of Ghana comprising about five hundred towns and villages. Okyeman is watered by two large rivers, the Birim and Densu, which flow from their source in the Dokyi hills, near Apapam, seven miles from Kyebi – the capital of Okyeman. The Kingdom is home to two mountain ranges. At its highest point, the northern scarp stands 2,585 feet above sea level. The Kyebi or southern range runs from Bunso, 2476 feet above sea level to Akyease.

The density of the Okyeman forest means that it is known as Kwaebibirem, and due to its strategic and geographical location, the Okyenhene has earned the appellation, Kwaebibiremuhene, King of the Forest. He is Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin . The land is rich and endowed with gold, diamond, bauxite, manganese, iron and other mineral deposits. Its lands are extremely fertile and have supported vast plantations of cocoa, cola, rubber, oil palm, coffee and groundnut.

His special interests are the Environment and Reforestation:
Osagyefo is the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana. He has also established the Okyeman Environment Foundation.

In 2003 The Okyeman Environment Foundation won the International Green Apple Environment Award in the United Kingdom, held at the House of Commons in London, on November 6, 2003. The Okyeman Environment Foundation is aimed at preserving and protecting forest resources, which are currently under indiscriminate exploitation.

23 comments:

Bronwyn said...

Hi Adwoa
Thank you for sending me the link to your blog. I have really enjoyed catching up on your life and thoughts the last few evenings! I am a very good blog reader but alas with the children have no time to be a blog writer... IT was great to see your pictures from Ghana and read your political views. As well as your poetry. Reading your HIV comments from a few blogs ago I think having you perform before Stephanie Nolen at Words Worth's HIV event would be perfect - are you booked for oct 30th? Also I would like to discuss with you having an African dance class in the KW area again...
Well many blessings and lots of love Bronwyn!

Phyllis P. said...

Auntie Adwoa(as I call you),

I am very glad that you have started this blog. I believe that in the course of time, this blog will help you see how you have developed. I am seeing an all round artist emerging over time- a story teller, dancer and instructor; an author,historian and educator of African history and culture. You have a unique talent and I know that in time, you will be in a class of your own.

Thank you for sharing your family history with us. With that background,I am not suprised at your talent in story telling and your strong interest in Ghanaian or African culture.

I am very proud of you and your work and I wish you all the best as you develop into a multitalented artist.

God bless.

Nii Ashitey said...

Hi Auntie Adwoa,
I enjoyed your blog on Kwame Nkrumah and think that the suggestions you made must be taken seriously. You would make a great history teacher. Unfortunately for me, i hated history in JSS social studies because we were not allowed to develop different angles of thought or our own justified opinions. It was the popular "chew and pour" regime.

Concerning our management of gold in Ghana, I believe we have a long way to go. For instance, we should commission our own mining companies (with a ghanaian shareholder majority) to mine the gold and be socially responsible and reward the mining communities
by transforming them into a paradise. I think we ghanaians need to develop a much deeper level of respect and accountability towards one another.

Keep on blogging, you're great!
Love,
Ashitey

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