Manhyia on a look-out for a Madman behind the felling of a 300-year-old tree

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Manhyia on a look-out for a Madman behind the felling of a 300-year-old tree

The Manhyia Palace is reportedly on a manhunt for an alleged mentally deranged man who cut down a three-hundred-year kola tree which has strong histor

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The Manhyia Palace is reportedly on a manhunt for an alleged mentally deranged man who cut down a three-hundred-year kola tree which has strong historical significance to the Ashanti Kingdom at Feyiase near Kumasi in the Bosomtwe district.

According to BBC’s reports, the Director of Research at the palace, Osei-Bonsu Safo Kantanka, confirmed the felling and the manhunt to its reporter, Thomas Naada

There was outage shock when reports emerged from Feyiase that the said tree, believed to be over 300 years old, had been felled with photos of the cut tree flooding social media.

Initially, some Locals said the felling was done by a mentally deranged man yet to be identified.

Komfo Anokye was a powerful fetish priest – a person believed to act as a mediator between the spirit and the living.

The tree dates back to the Ashanti Kingdom, part of modern-day Ghana.

Many local people believed the black and white seeds of the kola tree could cure ailments and curses.

The tree was in the middle of a major road linking Ghana’s commercial hub Kumasi to Lake Bosomtwe.

Source: Kapital Online Team with additional files from BBC, Ghanaweb//2023

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