It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of Mr Alan Cole, famously called by his Ghanaian naturalized name Mr Kwasi Cole. He passed away in London on Friday, 13 October 2017 at 22:50 hours.

As far back as my retentive memory will take me, if not mistaken, he was the first Headmaster of then Kumawu Tweneboa Kodua Secondary School, now Kumawu Senior High School.

When I was in the primary school in the early 1960s, he was the Headmaster of Kumawu Tweneboa Kodua Secondary School famously called by its acronym T.K.S.S. The school initially started as Boys-only school, thus, single-sex school. Later, he made it a mixed-sex school whereby females were accepted into the school.

He did not only renounce his British origin to become a Ghanaian citizen but also, he became a naturalized Kumawu citizen. He was subsequently co-opted into the Kumawu Ankaase Aduana royal family and was many years later enstooled as a sub-chief by the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II. He was the Dwumakwaahene of Kumawu Traditional Area. He was in charge of the Kumawuman lands.

He knew the history of Kumawu very well. He knew the size of Kumawuman lands and which divisions Kumawuman shares land boundaries with. His deep knowledge of Kumawuman was not just theoretical but awesomely supported with credible documents and maps.

He was transferred to Trabuom Secondary School only to be replaced at TKSS by the late Mr Bang somewhere in 1969 or 1970 and during whose tenure as Headmaster did Rockson Adofo enrol into the school as a student.

Mr Kwasi Cole was destooled by the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II over his noble suggestion which was farsighted and could have helped Kumawuman immensely if it were taken on board. However, he was misunderstood and seen as a threat to abrogating the insatiable quest by Kumawuhene to misusing the resources of the traditional area.

Prior to the last but one Kumawu Papa Festival celebrated by the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, Nana Kwasi Cole suggested to the Kumawu Traditional Council and the Omanhene that the huge money earmarked for the festival had better be put to other useful purposes of collective benefits to the citizens of Kumawuman rather than wasting it on the festival.

It must be noted that then President J. J. Rawlings, the friend of Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, had donated handsomely towards the festival when an appeal for financial assistance was made to him by the chief. It was this money with others from the Kumawu Traditional Council that Nana Kwasi Cole had admonished it must be used for projects of collective benefits to the people instead of draining it away on a festival which is but of only cultural significance. Why should such a huge sum of money be spent on a festival celebration while the people dwell in poverty and suffer from want of basic necessities, he had queried?

This suggestion was said to have incurred him the wrath of Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II. Kumawuhene is alleged to have asked him, “Are you wiser than me”. This was the beginning of the disagreements between Kumawuhene and him. When he realised he was heading nowhere getting Kumawuhene to see sense in his suggestions, he decided neither to frequent Kumawu Palace anymore nor sit in the Kumawu Traditional Council meetings presided over by Barima Asumadu Sakyi II. This explains the self-destoolment or the Omanhene-initiated destoolment of the late Nana Kwasi Cole, the former headmaster of Kumawu Tweneboa Kodua Secondary School.

Find below the funeral arrangements for the late Nana Alan Kwasi Cole as programmed by his children in London. His traditional one week funeral celebration will be held:

On: Saturday, 28 October 2017
At: Forster Park Primary School, Boundfield Road, Catford, London SE6 1QD
Time: 14:00 – 20:00 hours

Burial Service will be held

On: Friday, 3 November 2017
Starting from: Good Shepherd Church, Moorside Road. Downham. Kent – BR1 5EP
Time: 12:30 hours and continues to the Hither Green Crematorium at Verdant Lane in SE6 1TP from 13:45 hours.

Reception is to be held after the cremation at Goldsmiths Community Centre, 85 Castillon Road, London SE6 1QD, from 14:00 – 20:00 hours.

Final funeral rites will be held on Saturday, 4 November 2017 at Forster Park Primary School, Boundfield Road, Catford. London SE6 1QD from 12:00 – 20:00 hours.

Thanksgiving Service to be held at Good Shepherd Church from 10:30 to 12:00 hours on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Directions: Catch bus 124 going toward Eltham, Southend Crescent. Stop at Castillon Road.

For further details please contact Nana Kwasi Cole’s son Lewis Kwasi Prempeh on cell phone (mobile phone) number 07767797238

All Ghanaians in the UK and elsewhere, especially Kumawuman citizens and the alumni of TKSS, are all invited to pay their last respect to this industrious son of Kumawuman who had the collective welfare of the citizens and the students of TKSS at heart.

May God Almighty keep him in the bosom of patriarch Abraham until the resurrection day.

Finally, I extend my expression of heartfelt condolences to his children and the entire bereaved Kumawu Ankaase Aduana royal family.

Nana Alan Kwasi Cole, Damirefa due. Due, due ne amanehune.

Rockson Adofo

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