Nana Asare Bediako Ababio III, as he arrived at the durbar grounds for his coronation as the new Akyem Akokoase chief.
Nana Asare Bediako Ababio III, as he arrived at the durbar grounds for his coronation as the new Akyem Akokoase chief.

New Akyem Akokoase Chief accede to throne

The new chief of Akyem Akokoaso in the Akyemansa District of the Eastern Region, Nana Asare Bediako Ababio III, has been coronated at a colourful ceremony.


The coronation followed the successful installation of Nana Bediako Ababio last year, as custom and tradition demand.

Nana Bediako Ababio III, known in private life as Kwame Akesse Prah, is a cash crop farmer.

Hundreds of citizens of Akyem Akokoaso, representatives of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Council, well-wishers and dignitaries from all walks of life turned up for the durbar, which took place at the Akyem Akokoaso Presbyterian School Park, as they celebrated the dawn of a new era as the town had been without a chief for almost a decade.

Development in peace

Addressing his people officially for the first time, Nana Bediako Ababio III pledged to promote unity, peace and development in the Akyem Akokoaso community.

He also encouraged the people to strive to live in peace and harmony as that was essential to drive the development of the community.

At the durbar, the new chief shared his vision for his community, including the provision of a befitting chief’s palace, and an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) centre for the benefit of all students and the entire town.

The Akyem Akokoasehene further gave an assurance that the community’s challenges on the provision of potable water, a place of convenience, a market, a community centre, and school infrastructural would receive attention and thus called for support and cooperation from all and sundry towards the realisation of these objectives.

Nana Bediako Ababio lamented the devastating impact of illegal mining on the community and pledged his commitment to collaborate with the government to properly regulate the mining site in the community.


The Krontihene of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Council, Obrempong Gyamfi Sarfo Kyere, who was the Guest of Honour, advised the youth and the people of Akyem Akokoaso to support their chief to realise his development plans, which would ensure the benefit of their community, and by extension the traditional area.

Obrempong Kyere, also the Sodaahene of Akyem Oda, emphasised the need for unity and mutual respect, saying: “A house divided cannot stand.”

The Chief of New Abirem, Obrempong Akwasi Amoh Kyeretwie of the Kyase Division of the Kotoku Traditional Council, who chaired the function, advised Nana Bediako Ababio III to lead efforts to ensure that the idea of community mining was extended to Akyem Akokoaso to provide employment for the teaming youth of the area and help curb the galamsey menace.

Obrempong Kyeretwie showed his solidarity by supporting the construction of the new Akyem Akokoase Chief’s Palace with 150 bags of cement.

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