1. Kw? b? ni ma? ni kul? emli bii fa babaoo l? ta shi ekome too! Kw??? b? ni ets? tamo okulafo; l? ma? ni kul? eje agbo y? majimaji ate? l?. l? ni kul? lum? ji l? y? maji ate? l?, ?m?n? ets? m? ni atsu? l? onia.

blogmantse32?.? She weepeth sore in?the?night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none?to?comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.?

(Lamentations 1:1-2 KJV)

I pay this?tribute?to?the?late Ga Mants? Abiasuma?King?Taki Tawia III, a great?king, of?the?Ga State, who has gone on?to?the?village?to?be with?the ancestors and who will forever remain a link between his people and their God.??Though a private person, he was born royal, nurtured as a royal and he served his people well as a?king. ? If anyone brought respectability and dignity?to?the?Ga throne in this past century, it was him, as he followed in?the footsteps of his great grandfather?King?Takyi Tawia I whose title was aptly bestowed on him.

If I a republican Ga, a commoner (from lowly Lagos Town) is paying?tribute to?the?late Ga Mants??it is not because I have warmed up?to?the?concept of monarchies, it is more because?the?person who occupied?the?office was cultured and dignified and lent reputability?to?the?institution.

King?Taki Tawiah III was always serene and calm; he was patient when answering my endless questions about?the?critical conflicts between?the?Ga view of things and?the?general world order of modernity.??He explained?to me, on numerous occasions, before and after he was?king, how my perceived paradoxes could be integrated into?the?reality of?the?urbanisation of?the?Ga State within a republican?Ghana.

When my quest, as an ardent lifelong student of Ga culture, history and customary practices, had been about an arcane issue of dualism of our Ga persona, his focus was always on?the?strategy for restoring?the?influence and authority of?the?institution of chieftaincy and?the?mechanisms for engendering development and progress in?the?Ga state in particular and our country Ghana.

knowledge of?the?culture, history and processes of?the?Ga State was phenomenal, and every declaration he made or action he took was grounded on long laid principles. ?It was as if knowing?the?issues that confronted?the?state, he had prepared himself for office; and I was further impressed when I learnt that he had started his career as a lowly?messenger but because of a natural enquiring mind had been motivated?to advance himself by studying for a degree in Economics.??. He went on?to?top it up with a doctorate in Law and then?to?forge a career as an insurance broker undertaking both technical and policy work. It was clear that he was most suited for?the?office of?king?and best reflected?the?wishes and aspirations of all who wished for true empowered development in?Ga.

It is said that many are called, but few are chosen and in that regard when King?Taki Tawiah III was chosen?to?lead?the?Ga people, it was not only because he came from royalty, he embodied royalty!??He achieved so much to?help restore nobility?to?the?state within?the?short period of time and when duly selected, as was customary, there was a certain urgency in his manner as was expected from someone who had spent several years imbibing?the customs from?the?elders.

At his coronation, he swore an oath?to?the?people that he upheld till he passed on, that he would be a different type of?king, that he would use his authority as Ga Mants??to?transform?the?office for?the?development of his people. ?He immediately set up a foundation and there were several other initiatives dedicated?to?the?education of his people, provision of structured activities for pupils, employment for?the?young people, and he initiated a different type of liaison with businesses?to?align their corporate social responsibility with?the?principles of enlightened self interest.

The?late?King?Taki Tawiah III was strategic in his thinking. He was a philosopher-king?as well as a lawyer-king?who was committed?to?resolving conflicts via?the?judicial process. Where others opted?to?flex their muscles and resort?to?intimidation and present as fundamentalists; he preached against violence and other acts that would further destabilise an institution under siege by interlopers.??He used?the?courts as he should.

The?lessons of his actions in calling for?the?elevation of several divisional chiefs as??paramount chiefs??in?the?Ga State is just a minor testament?to?the plans he had for?the?root and branch restructuring of an institution that may now collapse under its own weight because of corruption, of practices and usages. ? Nevertheless despite much resistance from his own, he persevered?to?correct those ills.

There was too much?to?do ??the?long period after independence, when?the processes of?the?institution had been allowed?to?atrophy, had taken their toll on?the?Ga State; correcting most of?the?wrongs was near impossible in?the face of opposition from those who saw?the?status quo as?the?only way they could benefit personally ? a familiar story as told in John 1:11 ?He came unto his own, and his own received him not?

When?the?history of?the?Ga people is re-written, there should be a testament to?power and warrior kings who won battles for their people, there should be a testament?to?docile kings who cooperated with?the?colonisers and there should also be those who accepted?the?position without knowing how?to?use the?benefits that came with it?to?enhance?the?lot of their people.?King?Taki Tawia III will certainly stand out amongst?the?greatest who was cerebral and true?to?his word.

When he was crowned as Ga Mants??with?the?antelope hat,?the?symbol of the?Ga State, he lived up?to?the?motto: that?the?route?to?the?top is not based on size or physical and military strength but on wisdom which is why?the elephant may be?the?largest and strongest animal in?the?forest, but?the smaller and wiser antelope will always stand on top of?the?elephant ? manko ta manko n?

And now with your permission I will share with you what I wrote on FaceBook on?the??GaDangme Virtual Forum when I learnt of his passing

Nii?Ga, Af?k?di Borkete Afadi
Abiasuma!
Osa tso ko, osa nyanyara
Amena, Amena, Amesu, Amesu,
Nii Nyi?m?
Nanti, Nanti, Nanti
Owula mli Owula,
Nilel??ni ots??w??gb?
Sane n???ed?w?
Shi Nii Ga, ofee he eko
Nii?Ga, kpoo,?Nii?Ga, kpoo
Ose??moko baanye aba lo?

so?to?the?family at large,?the?widow, children and siblings who are bereft but have been unable?to?mourn till now, your father gave hope?to?many withthe?conviction that there is surely a way out of most crises and that persevering?to?resolve?the?wrongs of?the?past has its benefits. ?We all mourn with you, your loss is our loss and we should be able?to?continue?to?comfort you. ???Let us recall??these words from?the?classics.

Here was a Caesar! when comes such another?

Nii yaaw? ojogba??, Nii yaaw? ojogba??, Nii yaaw? Ojogba??

Ade Sawyerr???London?March, 2013

*This tribute ?appears in A 100 page commemorative brochure celebrating the life and work ?of Ga Mantse Abiasuma King Tackie Tawiah III.
The brochure contains pictures of his life and tributes from people and organisations honouring his work over the years particularly during the period when he ascended the throne as Ga Mantse of the Ga people of Ghana.
The brochure will be available at the pre-burial service of the late King and also at the reception.
It has been tastefully put together by a specialised design team from Ghana and is available for a token price of ?10.00.
To pre order a copy please phone
Nii Aryeequaye VI ? ? ?07934269524
Mr Rupert Annan ?- ? ? 07951017179
Naa Tsotso Soyoo I ? 07411106347
Nii Boi Abbey ? ? ? ? ?- ?00233343676686

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