Mental health professional enstooled as Abakomahemaa of UK and Ireland

BY: Sebastian Syme
Mental health professional enstooled as Abakumahemaa of UK
Mental health professional enstooled as Abakumahemaa of UK

The chiefs and people of the Asante community in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, have enstooled mental health professional, Madam Charity Osei as their Abakomahemaa.

The 52-year-old UK based mental health professional was enstooled under the stool name, Nana Serwaa Brakatu.

Scores of Ghanaians resident in the UK and Ireland witnessed the colourful enstoolment ceremony, which was performed in London by the Paramount Chief of Asantes in the UK and Ireland, Nana Osei Kwame Kotoko II.

The event which was interspersed with traditional drumming and dance equally attracted some tribal heads to the event who offered fraternal messages of hope and inspiration to the newly enstooled Abakumahemaa.

Abakomahemaa means she is the pampered traditional daughter of the Omanhene of Asantes in the UK and Ireland,

She is supposed to perform duties as prescribed by the Omanhene, especially for women.


Thanksgiving

Moments after her installation and with joy in her heart, the Abakomahemaa turned her attention to the Destiny Apostolic Church International at Forest Gate in London for a thanksgiving service to give praise to God for the honour done her.

She was accompanied by Nana Kotoko II, the Abusuapanyin of the Oyoko Family in the UK and Ireland, and other tribal chiefs.

Delivering the sermon, the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Justice Kofi Annan, urged the Abakumahemaa to see her new title as a call to service for the general good of Ghanaian women in Britain.

While urging the Ghanaian community to support the Abakumahemaa, he equally implored her to put God at the centre of her activities by seeking His face on a regular basis.

Her vision

Speaking to Graphic Online on what her plans for the Ghanaian community in the UK were, she said she intended to serve as role model to young Ghanaian women especially to single mothers.

She spoke about instituting a scheme to economically empower women many of whom she described were suffering from emotional distress.

“I will use my expertise as a mental health professional to offer psychological treatment to the many Ghanaian women here in the UK who are heartbroken,” the Abakumahemaa who hails from Mampong Akuapim in the Eastern Region stated.

Also as an elder of the church, she expressed her desire to offer counselling services to the women fellowship in the church by way of encouraging them to pursue excellence in their various fields of endeavour.

The Abakomahemaa expressed her appreciation to Nana Kotoko II, Apostle Annan, who she described as her spiritual father and Patience Owusu Agyei, her sister for their kindness and support.