Construction of the National Cathedral fulfills Nana Sir Ofori Atta’s goal, according to Okyenhene

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President Akufo Addo’s efforts to construct a National Cathedral, according to Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, are identical to those made by the late Okyenhene Nana Sir Ofori Atta.

Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin explained that late Nana Sir Ofori Atta, a devout Christian and Presbyterian, wanted to build a temple for God after stopping the persecution of Christians in the traditional area, in his address to congregation members at the centennial celebration of Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of The Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

He finds it wonderful that President Akufo Addo, a great-grandson of Nana Sir Ofori Atta, is likewise following a passion for God’s work and carrying out his late grandfather’s ambition to construct a home for God at this particular moment.

He claimed that the entire arrangement, which is taking place in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at a time when Nana Sir Ofori Atta’s grandsons — Okyenhene, the overlord of Akyem Abuakwa, and Akufo Addo, the president of Ghana, and Ken Ofori Atta, the minister of finance — are in charge — is divine.

“Hundred years later, the grandson of Nana Ofori Atta (Akufo Addo) is President of the Republic of Ghana. More surprisingly, the President’s brother’s son is also the Finance Minister. So it is a divine arrangement that God has made for us to contribute to the development of the country”.

“It is same perseverance that President Akufo Addo is pursuing to build a house for Ghana to the glory of God. A vision that came to man through God …He said I will build a house for God. Historically, someone met Nana Ofori Atta and said you are the only Christian King in Akyem Abuakwa, you must leave a legacy. Nana Ofori Atta then promised to build a temple in Kyebi. So if President Akufo Addo is building a temple (Cathedral) in Accra, let’s assume it is in fulfillment of the promise made by Nana Ofori Atta” Okyenhene added.

In 2019, Okyenhene reaffirmed and defended his choice, announcing “Okyeman for Christ” as an effort to thank God for how far he has brought Okyeman.

“I stand here to boldly declare Akyem Abuakwa is solely for Christ.”

At the conclusion of the Centenary celebration of the Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Kyebi in the Eastern region, Okyenhene addressed the congregation on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

In the 1800s, Okyenhene Amoako Atta I persecuted Presbyterian Church missionaries in Akyem Abuakwa for promoting Christianity and ending slavery, which he said was destroying his source of authority and income.

However, in 1876, Odehyee Susana Gyankroma, a princess at Kyebi, and her husband Okyerema Yaw Boakye, a drummer at the then Okyenhene’s palace, embraced Christ and were baptized.

The couple, who had been baptized into the Presbyterian religion, went on to become missionaries, gaining souls for Christ. As a result of their work winning souls for Christ, they were expelled from Akyem Abuakwa and faced persecution for their commitment to the faith.

The couple lost their four-month-old child while fleeing on foot from their pursuers in Akyem Asuom as the persecution grew worse. The child slipped from her mother’s back.

Odehyee Gyankroma was the mother of Mrs. Adeline Yeboakua Akufo-Addo, the former first lady of Ghana and mother of President Akufo-Addo, as well as Nana Sir Ofori Atta, a late Okyenhene who gave birth to Paa Willie, a political titan in Ghana.

After taking the throne as Okyenhene in 1912, Nana Sir Ofori Atta used his influence as a traditional leader and Christian religion to support the growth of the Presbyterian Church in Akyem Abuakwa.

The current President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, and the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, all sprung from Nana Ofori Atta.


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