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Ghana: The existence in the region of Ashanti of two different towns with the same name Kokofu; If so, names of the chiefs in both towns and the authority they report to (1994-September 2004)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 14 September 2004
Citation / Document Symbol GHA42972.E
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Sources consulted by the Research Directorate refer to one place called Kokofu which is situated in the Amansie East district (The Forestry Commission of Ghana 31 Dec. 2002; Accra Mail 7 Feb. 2003) – Bekwai is the district capital (GhanaData.com n.d.; NPP n.d.) – of the Ashanti Region (ibid.; GhanaData.com n.d.; Accra Mail 10 Dec. 2002; Ghana Missions n.d.; Ghanaian Chronicle 25 June 2002).

According to one report, there is a place called Kokofu about 250 Kilometres north-west of the capital Accra (European Commission 26 Nov. 2002).

Regarding the chief of Kokofu, a 4 July 2003 Ghana News Agency (GNA) report stated that Barima Offei Kwasi Okogyeasuo III was the omanhene of Kokofu Traditional Area, while a 25 June 2002 Ghanaian Chronicle article and two other reports stated that in July 1999 [Barima] Offe Akwasi Okogyesuo II became the omanhene of the Kokofu traditional area (Ghana Home Page Sept. 1999; MLC 19 July 1999). According to 19 July 1999 Micromedia Consultant Limited (MCL) report, [Barima] Offe Akwasi Okogyesuo II, also known as Joseph Adu-Bobi alias Kwame Sakyi Adu-Abankoro, succeeded his late brother Barima Kofi Adu II.

Information on the authority to whom the chief of Kokofu reports could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. However, a 19 July 1999 report stated that Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, as a new omanhene "would swear the oath of allegiance to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene on Monday, July 19 at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi" (MCL 19 July 1999).

The Asantehene means the Ashanti king (Info-Ghana n.d.; Ashanti.com n.d.) while the omanhene refers to "paramount chief" (MLC 28 Apr. 1999) and also to the "king" (Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership 9 July 2004).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Accra Mail. 7 February 2003. "Farmers Ask President to Personality Monitor Cassava Initiative." (Dialog/ANS)
_____. 10 December 2002. "Musician To Help Rural Areas." (Dialog/ANS)

Ashanti.com. n.d. "The Coronation of King Osei Tutu II." [Accessed 13 Sept. 2004]

European Commission. n.d. EU Water Initiative. "Small Towns Water Supply Project Ghana." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

The Forestry Commission of Ghana (FCG). 1 Octobre – 31 December 2002. "Publications – Forestry Issues." [Accessed 9 Sept. 2004]

GhanaData.com. n.d. "Administrative Regions – Ashanti Region." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

Ghana Home Page. 7 September 1999. "Asantehene commended for Peace at Kokofu-Ashanti." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

Ghana Missions. n.d. "Directory of Churches of Christ in Ghana: Ashanti Region." [Accessed 9 Sept. 2004]

Ghana News Agency (GNA). 4 July 2003. "Support Africa's Investment Drive, Omanhene." (Ghana Home Page). [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

Ghanaian Chronicle [Accra]. 25 June 2002. Sebastian R. Freiku. "Storm Over Kokofu Queen Mum." (Dialog)

Info-Ghana. n.d. "The Ashanti Kingdom." [Accessed 13 Sept. 2004]

Micromedia Consultants Limited (MLC) [Kumasi]. 19 July 1999."Kokofu Gets New Omanhene." [Accessed 9 Sept. 2004]
_____. 28 April 1999. "Chief Prevented from Paying Homage Queenmother Accosts Him." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

New Patriotic Party (NPP). 1999. "Profile of Odotobri Constituency." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership. 9 July 2004. "Heads of State of Ghana: Sub-States. Akan." [Accessed 10 Sept. 2004]

Additional Sources Consulted

Two academic oral sources did not respond to a request for information within time constraints.

Websites, including: Alafrica, Akan Cultural Symbols Project Online, Ghana map & place name Index, Ghana Web, Multi Map.com, United Nations Map Geographic Information Resources, World Atlas.

Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.

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