Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, the Dormaahene, has emphasized the historical fact that the Bonos were the first among the Akan people to settle in present-day Ghana.
According to him, their arrival in Ghana can be traced back to the late 1200s, during the reign of Techimanhene, Bono Kyempem Baduakwa.
In a recent address, Agyeman Badu challenged any chief or historian to provide evidence of an Akan member arriving before 1295. He boldly declared that if such evidence were presented, he would willingly abdicate his throne.
Speaking to a gathering, Agyeman Badu posed the question, “Among the Bonos, Asantes, Fantes, Akuapems, and others, who can claim to be the first to arrive in present-day Ghana? It was the Bonos.”
He continued, “I challenge any chief who claims to be Akan and whose throne predates that of Bono Kyempem Baduakwa, Techimanhene. I challenge any chief whose throne existed before 1295. If such a person can prove their existence prior to Nana Techimanhene, I will abdicate my throne on that very day and pass on the mantle of leadership.”
Agyeman Badu expressed his concern over the lack of historical awareness among the Bonos, leading to the dominance of a single narrative and the marginalization of other groups’ histories.