The new Sampahene, Justice Emmanuel Ankamah of the Court of Appeal, took the oath of allegiance to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on December 18, 2023. Under
The new Sampahene, Justice Emmanuel Ankamah of the Court of Appeal, took the oath of allegiance to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on December 18, 2023.
Under the stool name Nana Samgba Gyafla II, the occasion was a part of the celebrations honoring his installation as the new chief of Sampa in the Bono Region.
A number of chiefs under the Asantehene took turns advising the new chief on the duties and responsibilities of his office at the ceremony at the Manhyia Palace.
In various instances, particular emphasis was laid on his public conduct and the need for a chief to exercise discretion in putting up conduct that is likely to bring his reign into disrepute.
Without mentioning name, some of the chiefs referred to another chief, who is a judge, who has been seen in public with a whisky bottle beside him.
They cited this incident before cautioning the new Sampahene about his public appearances and the need to desist from such conduct.
“I will plead with my brother who is a judge and is going to swear oath as Sampahene that just as Nana Tuobodom said, don’t be a judge who will have whisky beside him with a litre of Coke to go with it in public, and then go about dancing after…
“Be a learned judge who has taken his culture and tradition lessons seriously and ensure you come to this house often so you can add what you learn here to the book you know,” one of the chiefs stated.
In the same vein, Kyeame Kwaku-Wusu, a senior linguist of the Asantehene admonished the new Sampahene to be resolute in his leadership and put his legal background to use while maintaining a decent public appearance.
“Nananom mentioned whisky… none of Asantehene’s royals indulge in such things publicly. So, as you go face them with the law, don’t forget about your culture and tradition,” he stated.