Staff and Students of Chief Montesorri School Visit Adansihene’s Palace

The staff and students of the Chief Montessori School at Asokore in Obuasi have paid a learning visit to the palace of the Adansihene, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II. The students got the opportunity to learn about the history of Adansi and interact with the Adansihene.

Led by the proprietor of the school, Alex Ansah Kofi Owusu, the Chief Montessori school benefitted from extensive education on the history of Adansi and a visit to where the Bond of 1844 was signed.

The Bond of 1844 was an agreement signed between Fante chiefs and the British government. It was signed on 6 March 1844 in Ghana, which was then known as the Gold Coast. It specified a relationship between the British and the local chiefs, who were the main parties in the treaty. The British viewed the agreement as an understanding to take part in the administration of justice and the enforcement of their laws in the local states, but the local leaders saw the agreement as a military and defense contract only. The bond was signed at Fomena-Adansi, allowing the British to use judicial authority from African courts.

Advising the school, the Adansihene said he was trained as a teacher in 1970 and therefore understands the challenges teachers go through but believes, teachers have a greater role in nation-building.

“When I was trained to become a teacher, I was told that the school, the church and the community develop a nation and it is still true today,” he said.

“When I became an accountant in the US, I did it with all my heart to the extent that when I was coming to contest for the Adansi throne, I was told by my employers that my position will be vacant for 6 months to enable me to return back for it if I was unsuccessful in my bid to become Adansihene. This isn’t something commonly done” he added. He entreated the teachers to be hardworking and dedicated to their work.

“In Ghana, we take things for granted. Abroad, your new employers call your old employers to ask how hardworking you are before employing you.”

The Adansihene again encouraged the Proprietor of the school to bring back the students to learn more about the history of Adansi when they grow older adding that the students were too young to understand the history entirely.

“Currently, it seems the teachers will benefit more from the history learned here today. I will suggest you bring back the students when they get a bit older” he said.

On the history of Adansi, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II said Adansi has a lot of history but they haven’t been able to document all of them. But he promised that they will soon begin to document them since there are a lot of false information about the Adansi history out there.

Alex Ansah Kofi Owusu, the proprietor of the Chief Montessori School thanked the Adansihene for the opportunity for his school to learn about the history of the land they are living on, adding that traditional rulers play a key role in education and therefore need to be recognized.

“My teachers and students have been made to realise the need to recognise our roots and prioritise our traditional rulers. Before you can work at AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, you need authorization from the Adansihene which indicates how relevant our traditional rulers are in our society” he said.

Kwantinpe Nana Kwamoah Bosompem Kaakyire Ba , the Benkumhene of the Adansi Traditional Council and other subchiefs educated the students and teachers on the history of the Adansi kingdom.

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Nana Bonsra Afriyie II January 24, 2023 at 12:29 am

It was not the Bond of 1844 that was signed at FOMENA. It was rather the Treaty of FOMENA that was signed at FOMENA.signed in February 1874.


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