The Manhyia Palace in collaboration with local law enforcement, has launched a joint effort to locate and apprehend the individuals responsible for felling the ancient cola tree planted by the revered Asante chief priest, Okomfo Anokye.
This centuries-old tree, known as the Okomfo Anokye Bese, carries profound historical and medicinal significance within the Asante Kingdom, providing curative properties to residents residing in its vicinity.
Regrettably, the colossal tree was discovered fallen, its trunk deeply rooted in the midst of the Kumasi Atonsu – Lake Bosomtwe road, a stark contrast to its once towering presence.
For many years, the tree, which yielded distinct black and white nuts, was not only enclosed within protective walls but also vigilantly safeguarded by the Feyiase Akoyem community, a prominent Ashanti settlement in the Bosomtwe District.
Kyeame Frimpong, the linguist for the Feyiase Akoyem Traditional Council who expressed his dismay was quoted by myjoyonline.com as saying: “This tree stood unscathed even during the construction of the dual-carriage road. We are baffled as to why someone would commit such an act. This is an unfortunate occurrence that could potentially bring dire consequences to our community and the one responsible for felling the tree.”
“A delegation from the Manhyia Palace has since visited the scene”, a close source familiar with the development told dailymailgh.com. “The place has since been cordoned ahead of some traditional rites.”
The cola tree, believed to have sprouted from the very spot where Okomfo Anokye chewed and spat a cola nut 300 years ago, is considered to possess mystical powers, capable of curing barrenness and alleviating various physical ailments and spiritual afflictions.
Traditional authorities, in alliance with law enforcement, have initiated a concerted effort to track down the unlawful culprits behind this action, which they deem as potentially catastrophic for the entire Asanteman.
Feyiase, a community renowned for hosting significant historical events, including its 17th-century clash with the Denkyiras, is currently engaged in traditional ceremonies to seek pacification and restoration.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH