Three years on a stool as queenmother may not be an occasion for celebration in many traditional communities but for the people of Chiraa in the Brong Ahafo region, it was a worthy event for a worthy queenmother.
Last Saturday the third anniversary of the enstoolment of Nana Yeboah Pene II as the queenmother of Chiraa was marked with a rich display of rich culture and a fundraising durbar.
Riding in a palanquin to the durbar grounds, which is seldom seen at Chiraa, Nana Yeboah Pene II, splendidly dressed in colourful kente clothes and native sandals and adorned with gold ornaments, succeeded in bringing all routine activities in the community to a standstill.
Occasionally, she responded to the sound of kete drums with a display of traditional dancing.
At the durbar grounds, the Nyame Tease Cultural group, led by Madam Adwoa Mansah, the Roman Catholic Brass Band, the Barnabas Life Band and the Gumbe group of drummers, were there to provide a variety of traditional and highlife music to entertain the gathering.
Nana Yeboah Pene II has been at the forefront of initiating the construction of a female dormitory for Chiraa Senior High School to enable the students concentrate on their academic work. The fundraising durbar was to enable her complete the project.
When the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mr. Kwadwo Adjei Darko, set the ball rolling with a personal donation of a GH¢25,000 (¢250 million) towards the project, the stage was set for the other dignitaries to respond.
Mr Adjei Darko, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sunyani West made a donation through his Special Assistant, Mr George Mireku Duka, and in an address read on his behalf, he commended Nana Pene for her contributions towards girl-child education.
He said it was important for traditional rulers to invest in the education of the youth and promised his support for Nana Pene in her quest to build the capacity of the youth at Chiraa and its environs and therefore urged the students to concentrate on their academic work to enable them become responsible citizens in future.
Both the queenmother, Nana Yeboah Pene and Nana Afari Minta, the Chief of Chiraa were full of joy for the support they had received from the Minister and other dignitaries, including the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Most Rev Dr Aboagye Mensah.
In her address, Nana Yeboah Pene expressed her profound gratitude to the dignitaries for their support and pledged to continue initiating programmes and projects that would impact positively on the lifestyles of the youth at Chiraa.
She urged the citizens of Chiraa to rally behind her to enhance accelerated development in the community.
Story by George Ernest Asare