Traditionally, Chiefs or Kings are exceptionally given all the fundamental respect they need in Africa. The Chief is so influential and powerful that, now and again, they can order their followers to engage in something that actually, nobody would have the option to do so.
In any case, have you for once thought of how they are enstooled? Each social setting, clan or tribe has their own particular manner of enstooling a Chief. For the Asantes and in Ghana, it is entirely different from other regions. By Asante custom, it is the exclusivity of the Asantehemaa (the Queen mother) to name a successor to an expired Asantehene.
Her selection for enstooling a Chief doesn’t end there on the grounds that, it must be endorsed by the kingmakers of the Kumasi customary chamber in the Asante locale.
These kingmakers are to some degree, the shadow kingmakers in the enstoolment of any Chief in that area. Comprised of 11 to 30 vital chieftaincy divisions of the Asante Kingdom, they are similarly compelling as far as the making of a King is concerned.
These Paramount Chiefs can decide to dismiss or acknowledge any individual brought up by the Queen mother to be a Chief. However, they don’t dismiss for personal reasons, but consider a great deal of things before approving.
If a named person is dismissed, then he is more likely not fit for the position. Chieftaincy is about well-regardfullness, therefore if you do not have those characteristics, you shouldn’t consider getting close to the position of royalty.
Generally, the Queen mother has three chances of assigning somebody to be a Chief. So if she assigns each of the three and they are all dismissed, then the Paramount Chiefs would’ve to select someone else.
Interestingly, since days of yore, in the Asante Monarchy, no chosen one of the Asantehemaa had been dismissed by the kingmakers. Not on the grounds that she is so unique but instead, she generally does her underground investigations very well before selecting a competitor.
When the Chief is announced, he swears a
standard promise of loyalty to the general population. Following the strides of his antecedents, he would maintain the truth, be committed on the reason for his kin, be straightforward and legit during his rule.
Having sworn the promise, the new Asantehene is then kept at “Apatam” (a standard procedure of restriction which ranges between 21 to 40 days relying upon the exigences of the circumstance).
During this period, the new Chief particularly the Asantehene is taken through some customary ceremonies to familiarize himself with every one of the customs and complexities of his new position. He additionally assimilates the Palace structures and association and the historical backdrop of the realm, including court decorum, regal way of discourse and majestic walking.
After his confinement, the new lord is then taken to the Stool House to play out extra customs. Just after this, he is made to physically sit on the incredible Golden Stool as the substantive King of the Asante realm.
The Stool, which is never found out in the open, is said to typify the “spirit and soul” of the Asante Kingdom. As a traveler and somebody who is near the realm, it’s so beautiful to observe how this entire procedure is sorted out.
At times, you get so spiritual when the entire enstoolment process is long advancing especially, when the Chief is being confirmed. Chieftaincy is profound and without that, it wouldn’t be as incredible from our perspective. It will clearly look like an insignificant leader with no substance.