Rich cultural exhibition as ‘Konor’ of Agotime laid to rest

Nene Nuer Keteku III
Nene Nuer Keteku III

Chiefs, Queen mothers, and residents of Agotime Traditional Area have paid their final farewell to the late Nene Nuer Keteku III, the ‘Konor’ of Agotime.

The final funeral rites which commenced on Friday, November 12, spanned for 10 days with a burial service on Saturday, November 20 at the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Park and would be followed by a grand durbar of Chiefs and Queen mothers.

In a tribute, Nene Nuer Keteku IV, the new ‘Konor’ of Agotime Traditional Area, described the late Traditional King as a man of many parts where he exuded discipline when it mattered and interspersed that with humor.

“He told stories of his experiences to serve as guiding principles to the youth anytime he had the chance to be with the youth. He was culturally immersed so much such that he became the repository of knowledge on Agotime culture and tradition, and all the elements in him well blended as a good man,” he said.

The children in a tribute, also described their father as man of exact repository of goodness.

“He was a man with speech shrouded in noticeable decorum and communicated simply and effectively. His admirable sense of humor was a soothing relief to the weary. Our father liked reading novels especially in spheres of politics, detective, legal and culture, and always loved to share the contents with us.”

Osie Adzatekpor VII, Paramount Chief of Avatime Traditional Area who led a delegation from the Volta Region House of Chiefs, eulogised the late ‘Konor’ of Agotime as an active member of the House, who contributed to the growth of the Chieftaincy institution in the country.

Tributes from chiefs and queenmothers of Agotime and parts of Togo, grandchildren, in-laws Eastern Region House of Chiefs, religious bodies, political groups, and friends from the diaspora were read.

Reverend Dr Setorwu Ofori, Moderator of the Global Evangelical Church, in a sermon, said God had blessed humanity with rich culture of chiefs.

“In the history of Churches, chiefs have key roles,” he said.

He entreated the people of Agotime, Christians, and everyone to recognise the role of chiefs in all endeavors, stating “Kings in the Bible lived exemplary life and they were commended.”

Traditional Drumming from the warriors and display of Borborbor dance, blended with Agbadza characterised the final funeral rites.

Known in private life as Senyo Kofi Akuffo, the late Nene Nuer Keteku Ill who reigned for 51 years was born on Friday, June 30, 1944 at Kpetoe Agotime to the late Mr Akpani Akuffo and Madam Adzo Adzorgenu.

He gained admission into the Roman Catholic Mission School in 1954 at Kpetoe, where he completed his seventh standard education before proceeding to the Jasikan Training College in 1965 as a trained teacher.

In his final year in Jasikan Training College, the lot fell on him to ascend the great Ntsrifua Stool of Agotime as the Konor (paramount chief) of the 37 towns and villages of Agotime where he was enstooled as Nene Neur Keteku III of Agotime Traditional Area on October 24, 1969.

The late ‘konor’ was instrumental in the fight for the location of a District capital of the then Adaklu -Anyigbe District, which is now Agotime-Ziope District.
He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) training school in Kpetoe and the Agotime Senior High School were among many achievements under his watch as a traditional ruler.

Although he occupied the great Ntsrifua stool, which is noted for its mystical powers and complex web of tradition and culture surrounding the stool, he was a staunch member of the Global Evangelical Church and adhered to the ethics and principles of the Church.

In 2019, the late ‘Konor’ complained of illness associated with ageing and became a regular visitor to the Volta Regional Hospital, where he finally gave up his ghost on June 4, 2020.

He is survived by six children.

He was 76.

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