Saturday, 16. September 2006

Kings of Africa

A graduate from the University of London and an economic advisor for the Ghanaian administration, The King of Akropong holds for the last sixteen years the "sacred seat" of the Akuapem-Asona, one of the seven major Akan clans.

To his right, his "spokesman" carries the royal emblem, the elephant, a remembrance that his kingdom was founded by force.

At the feet of the king sits a young child, his "okra", meaning his soul. Protected by fetishs, the Okra plays the role of a human shield, who has to defend the King from evil spirits, sickness and death. The King is the Nation. He should never be wounded or sick, or the entire nation will weaken. The Okra diverts all evil forces upon himself. He, therefore, must die with his master.

Kings of Africa


Posted at 16.09.06 @ 11:21 | Category Society & Politic |