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The History Of Ejura

The people of Ejura were led by their leader, Nana Okyere Pipim Bonsie. Nana Pipim and his subjects migrated from Fomena in Adanse and then to Asante Akyem Dwease, before the Asante and Denkyira war and settled at Mampon Akrofoso near Agona Asante.

Nana Pipim Bonsie and his people settled with the people of Asante Mampon at Akrofoso. Nana Pipim died and his nephew, Nana Boakye succeeded him. Mamponhene and his people moved from Akrofoso and settled at present-day Mampon Ashanti. Mampon people together with the Bonsie family and entourage moved from Akrofoso further north for greener pastures and peaceful settlement.

The Ejura people journeyed further north of Mampon and pitched camp at the present day Ejura. Nana Boakye and his people met a woman, called Daaponsem who, it was alleged, was staying with her brother called Kuruboakuma. Kuruboakuma fled, leaving his sister behind, apparently suspecting a possible attack by new entrants for supremacy over the area.

Kuruboakuma never returned to Ejura.

Daaponsem surrendered and handed over the land and its leadership to Nana Boakye. With time, Nana Boakye and Daaponsem fell in love, got married and gave birth to 8 children. The eldest son was called Dwamena Akenten. It has since that time been traditionally established that occupants of the Bonsie and Boakye stool take “Ayete” (marry) from descendants of Daaponsem.

The popularity of Dwamena Akenten, the prince rose when his name was knitted into Kurufie festival music compositions some of which are sung even today. Nana Bonsie`s Black stool was used to initiate the Ejura stool.

After the death of Nana Boakye, his black stool was added to the former to create the Bonsie and Boakye stool of Ejura.

The third chief in the hierarchy was Nana Oti Amensa, the son of Nana Akuamoa Panin and Maame Anyawoyonko, the niece of Nana Okyere Pipim Bonsie.

Nana Akuamoa Panin later became the Mamponhene. It must be stated that Ejura and Mampon were separate and distinct chiefdoms. However, Nana Oti Amensa showed much respect to his father, the Mamponhene, which was natural, a child`s responsibility to the parent but not as a responsibility of the Ejura stool to the Mampon stool. Ejura was politically independent and the chief was traditionally called “Obirempon”. The “Obirempon” and his elders managed the judicial, administrative, financial and traditional affairs of the Ejura Traditional area. Ejura became part of the Mampon division during the formation of the Asante confederacy.

Mampon division then consisted of five “Abirempon”. These were Ejura, Jamasi, Effiduase, Apaa, and Beposo. With the confederacy, Ejura became the Adonten wing of the division. The Bonsie and Boakye stool of Ejura has been occupied by eighteen chiefs and ten queen mothers. The current chief is Barima Osei Hwedie II. The immediate past chief, Nana Kwaku Sarfo II, first ascended the throne as the 15th occupant in 1947 and was uncustomary destooled in 1958 but reinstated in 1977.

The following are the list of chiefs who have occupied the Ejura Stool.

1.Nana Boakye

2.Nana Oti Amensah

3.Nana Duah Abadiee

4.Nana Osei Hwedie

5.Nana Owusu Bekoe

6.Nana Apan Panin

7.Nana Apan Kuma

8.Nana Owusu Kɔkɔ

9.Nana Osei Asumadu

10.Nana Yaw Pampani

11.Nana Yaw Sarfo

12.Nana Kwadwo Brenya

13.Nana Kwadwo Boakye

14.Nana Kwaku Sarfo I

15.Nana Oti Boakye

16.Nana Bonsie Twumperah

17.Nana Kwaku Sarfo II

18.Barima Osei Hwedie II, current Ejurahene

Queen mothers

1.Nana Boahwenie

Nana 2.Anyawoyonko

3.Nana Amoaniama Sabrawuo

4.Nana Ataa Akyammah

5.Nana Ataa Amobii

6.Nana Ama Tiwaa

7.Nana Ataa Pokuaa

8.Nana Akosua Akyeama

9.Nana Ataa Pokuaa

10.Nana Akua Tiwaa II, current Queen mother

The Asona clan of Ejura is the custodian of the Ejura stool known as the the Bonsie and Boakye stool.

The stool of matrilineal descent.

Source: Ashantibiz