‘I will Bring Biragoro Back’ – Edubiase Amannɛhene – Elect.

Kwame Adjei, Edubiase Amanneɛhene -elect swore the customary oath to the Oguahyia Oduro Panin Birikorang Edubiasehene under the stool name Nana Osei Kwame ll at “Dwaberem” at the Oguahyia Palace in New Edubiase in the Adansi South District of Ashanti region.

Nana Osei Kwame ll, 38, successor to Nana Osei Kwame the first, who traveled about fifteen (15) years ago held the “Afenaa”, the state sword in his right hand, espoused the greatness, achievements and conquests of his ancestors and pledged to blaze their trail.

“If I fail to continue the exploits of my ancestors and fail in my duty I contravene the Great Oath of Oguahyia Kwesiada”, he declared.

Nana Osei Kwame II Amannɛhene speaking to the media Promised to hold in high esteem the customs and traditions of Edubiaseman particularly puberty rites (Biragoro)

“I will bring back biragoro, I believe that the recent phenomenon of teenage pregnancy and it’s related abortions in the District are as a result of young girls not being taken through biragoro. I will visit schools in the traditional area and teach young girls the importance of the rite” he vowed.

The Adansi South District has a high record of Teenage Pregnancy; in Ashanti region.

The District recorded a total of 580 cases of teenage pregnancy in 2015.
In 2016, the fingers surged higher from 580 to 640 which shocked the entire District making the Queen mother of the area Nana Akua Dwum ll, to launch operation sleep before 8pm in some communities in the District.

After this initiative by the Queen in 2017, the cases dropped to 401 which is 17.7% drop.

But in 2018, increased to 461(20.5%)

2019, 404 (18%)
2020, 433 ( 18.8%)

2021, From January to June, half of the year, about 430 cases have been recorded and still counting.

“I will not be surprise to see the worst ever figures since 2000 at the end of the year 2021” Mr. Yeboah added.

The District Director of health Mr. Daniel Yeboah has, therefore, expressed worry at the increasing number of teenage pregnancies in the district.

Mr. Yeboah, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Chukwu Joseph, revealed that, the cases of teenage pregnancy recorded in the district had risen over the past two years.

He added that every day, a girl under 18 gave birth in the district, a situation he described as very worrisome since most of the teenage mothers were unemployed and unable to cater for their children.

The problem, he said, was contributing to the vicious cycle of poverty in the area.

He attributed the rise in teenage pregnancy in the district to the low levels of education on sexuality and appealed to parents and teachers to take the children through sex education and the need to abstain or protect themselves to avoid getting pregnant.

Nana Osei Kwame II, known in private life as Mr. Kwame Adjei is a successful businessman. He’s the Chief Executive Officer of SMET mining and Engineering.

From: Chukwu Joseph.

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