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09.04.2004 Tabloid News

Ghost of chief gave gold & lotto numbers to grandson

By GNA
Akyem-Asamama (E/R), April 9 GNA - People have been flocking to Akyem-Asamama, near Kwaben, in the Eastern Region following the reported appearance of Nana Kwaku Wusu, a late Chief of the town, to his grandson, Master Shadrack Amagyei Gyimah.
Nana Wusu is reported to have given Master Gyimah a gold nugget he pulled out from the ornament he was wearing around his hand as a proof of his visit.
Nana Wusu, who died some 18 years ago, was said to have written six lotto numbers and the date of his previous visit to the family on the wall of the house of his wife and left messages for members of the royal family, especially the Queenmother of the town.
When newsmen visited the town to ascertain the reports, it turned out that Nana Wusu's daughter; Madam Comfort Darkwaa had cleaned the lotto numbers in angry reaction to the flood of anxious gamblers, who sought the numbers to stake with the hope of improving their financial situation.
Master Gyimah, a 17 years old Junior Secondary School Student, at a press briefing at the palace of the Queenmother, Nana Fosua and attended by other family members, said on Monday March 29, he was sent home for book fees at about 1000 hours but when he got home his grandparents and other family members had all left for the farm.
"When I came out from the room, I suddenly saw a man dressed as a chief, wearing Kente, native sandals and a hat. When I asked him who he was; he asked me to give him a piece of charcoal to write it for me since I might forget it if told," he said.
He said when he gave him the charcoal, the tall, stout and fair complexioned man wrote on the wall: "Nana Kwaku Wusu" and "26-3-2004", the date he said he had visited the house without finding anybody and six lotto numbers.
Master Gyimah said the Nana Wusu told him he was his great grandfather and had very important messages for him to pass on to his first daughter, Madam Comfort Darkwaa and her mother, Madam Abena Nkrumah. Madam Darkwaa is Master Gyimah's grandmother and Madam Nkrumah is his great grandmother and the Queenmother.
But before giving the messages, he mentioned the names of some deceased relations, including Opanin Yaw Dawuro, Opanin Yaw Opoku and Opanin James. "He then asked me to inform my grandmother, Madam Darkwaa to tell his (Nana Wusu's) nephew, Opanin Kwadwo Attah, to stop monopolising the house and property he (Nana Wusu) bequeathed to them to the neglect of the rest of the family members," Gyimah recalled.
To the Queenmother, he was asked to tell her "to be serious with the chieftaincy succession in the town and ensure that only those from the royal family occupy the stool," adding, "the current choice made was unacceptable and should be replaced".
Master Gyimah said Nan Wusu also complained that the deceased members of the family were being starved as they were not able to get any food to eat whenever they visited the home neither was there fire for them to warm themselves.
According to him, after about 10 minutes of conversation, the late Chief asked for water to drink "but when I went indoors and returned with the water, he had vanished from the house".
He said before that, Nana Wusu had pulled out the piece of gold from the ornaments around his hand and given it to him as an additional sign of his visit.
When the news about the appearance of Nana Wusu spread through the town, a retired High Court Judge in the town, Mr Justice Kofi Okyere, invited Master Gyimah to his house and showed him a number of photographs including that of Nana Kwaku Wusu, for him to pick out the person he claimed to have seen and he easily did that.
A woman in a nearby house, Miss Adwoa Tiwa alias Mara confirmed to newsmen that she heard the voice of a man, "who was speaking as if he was very angry" while she was in her house. She could not go out to see him because she was nursing her child.
Nana Fosua confirmed that there was a chieftaincy dispute in the town because when she nominated her brother to the stool members of three other royal families disagreed.
They insisted that the person to be enstooled should be able to build a palace and they proposed an absentee to occupy the stool. However, Nana Fosua said the person had still not presented himself for the necessary rituals to be performed to make him the chief.


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