I do not joke with our standard rulers. They held us jointly just before we have been colonized and even through the colonial period of time, we still seemed up to them to offer leadership in numerous places the colonizers and their civil provider could not.
They continue to wield immense influence in our fashionable country-point out and governments are normally exerting muscle mass, bone, and sinew to accord them the acceptable respect and protocol.
It might be apocryphal but when I was a minimal, it was stated that our founding President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah experienced threatened that if any of them ever went versus his authority, he would make certain they ran away in a hurry leaving their sandals guiding!
As is standard in heritage, these types of vibrant sidebars to the far more substantive occasions endure and real or phony get their very own specialized niche in heritage. There is no proof that any conventional ruler ever bolted leaving his sandals powering in the course of the Initially Republic, however there is evidence of some of them becoming incarcerated.
When the potential of the Gold Coast was getting established, among the the most vociferous opponents of the unitary state were standard rulers, fervent advocates of federalism.
People common rulers towards Dr. Nkrumah learnt to live with the relaxation of the unitary condition immediately after they misplaced out, contributing immensely to the survival and progress of the new nation.
A single factor which has endured from the colonial period to the present, which all regular rulers honour, is the “Durbar”.
Inherited from the Jewel of the British Colonial Crown, India, the durbar was the pageant in which the common rulers and their individuals paid homage and manufactured obeisance to their proprietor and overlord – the British Crown.
According to a modern report, they were vibrant, noisy and chaotic affairs and the additional unique the flavour, the merrier, and so throughout a durbar, common rulers from all above India, dressed in fantastic costumes with similarly resplendent retinues, jostled in procession with horses, camels, elephants, etcetera., to exhibit just how loyal they were being.
To this day, the “Durbar of Chiefs and People” is the maximum point of interaction involving checking out Ghanaian politicians and citizens outside of the national funds, or often within just!
The Omanhene or Paramount Main, with sub-chiefs, would generally wait patiently for the arrival of the guest of honour and in a regular “welcome address”, they would point out their requests and requires and in response, the guest of honour would also make the suitable promises and the durbar is recorded as a results.
In this 21st Century, there are a lot more avenues obtainable to our common rulers for social animation than the fairly anachronistic durbar.
The Otumfuo has led the way with his significantly-sighted programmes in schooling.
Ghanaian regular rulers are recognized by the Structure and through their Regional and Nationwide Homes of Chiefs balance the authority bequeathed them by their heritage and the purpose carved out for them by modern central governance.
It is for this purpose that the Structure insulates them from partisan politicking devoid of denying them the purpose of arbitration and intervention when the protection and stability of the state come beneath risk.
It should be mentioned that, regrettably, some of them have been complicit in stratagems that have introduced the institution into disrepute.
Just one standard leader, who with out question can be regarded as primus inter pares is the occupant of the Golden Stool.
Under is an excerpt from a commentary I did some weeks ago when there was an attempt by some politicians to exploit his identify and stoke up ethnocentricity and bigotry: “The Otumfuo inherited a excellent heritage from his ancestors which is now universally regarded as the cultural experience of the modern country state of Ghana.”
“In addition to the fecundity of the land, we have language, arts and crafts, oral literature, cosmology, governance and a lot a lot more. In reality, that is why he was invited to tackle the UN in the first location. So who are saying the Otumfuo as their sole assets? He belongs to all of us and we will rally to his defence when we come to feel that he is really coming into harm’s way.”
The stature and majesty of the Asantehene is these kinds of that he by itself between all of Ghana’s standard rulers has an aura that shadows that of the Head of Condition.
There are other imposing common rulers but their auras get started and end with their domains. Any try to pit any traditional ruler from the Asantehene is a getting rid of proposition!
And so last week when I was privileged to be in President Mahama’s retinue to welcome the Asantehene on a courtesy phone on the previous President, I could not support but discover the poignancy of Noblesse Oblige encompassing the two leaders: the common and the modern day.
In these disturbing moments of excessive, divisive and harmful partisan politics, there are several who are advocating a paradigm modify and I come across my ears twitching to this kind of sounds.
Our classic rulers can and need to rise over the fray so that when they pronounce on a risk they have observed approaching, they can sound the alarm, like the Nationwide Property of Chiefs not long ago pronounced on 55(3) and 243(1).
When in a match of self-destructiveness, the Dagbon Traditional Area erupted in bloody conflict, arising from a long time-old rivalries regarding succession, ending in the regicide of Yaan Naa Yakubu Andani II in the opening many years of this millennium, all appeared misplaced for the Place.
With individual diplomacy and resilient classic conflict resolution techniques, the Asantehene, with other traditional rulers, in a time period spanning 4 Presidents, ultimately found closure this year.
It is instructive to observe how in announcing the resolution, the Asantehene stated it was no victory for any 1 person or team – not even for himself!
As closures go, his courtesy get in touch with on President Mahama cleared a insignificant problem which some thought could be exploited to generate wedges, but rather, fences have been mended, proving that management from tradition or management from the ballot box, they the two have the duties of Noblesse Oblige.