These are indeed incredibly bad, tough and testing times for a middle-aged Ghanaian man who is based in London but reportedly faces possible deportation from the United Kingdom and also a forceful installation as a chief of his home town on his return to Ghana.
Mr Harrison Totimeh is a royal from the town of Adadintem in the Eastern Region and was set to be made the chief of Adadintem in 1999 but due to his refusal to take the mantle or assume any chieftaincy role he absconded to the UK.
But unfortunately for Totimeh, according a reliable source close to the ?abusuapanyin? (head of the family), he has had a problem in the UK as he has fallen foul of the law there and is currently in custody awaiting possible deportation to Ghana.
The source, who wants to remain anonymous, revealed that the chief and people of the town have gotten information regarding Totimeh?s current situation in London and thus a secret meeting has been held by the chief and elders at the palace about his (Totimeh) imminent return to Ghana.
The plan is to forcibly make him the legitimate chief, against his wish and human right, as soon as he sets his feet in Ghana. The Akan tradition, of which Totimeh?s tribe belongs, demands that for somebody to be made a chief or king, a ram must to be slaughtered, the ram?s blood poured on the person?s feet, libation poured and some incantations chanted before that person formally becomes a chief or king. If he escapes after this ritual is performed because he didn?t want to be a chief, that person will either go mad or his ancestral spirits will haunt him down; he won?t know peace and he will be miserable, unless he comes back to take the throne.
Thus, as the custom demands, a big ram has already been bought for slaughtering, of which the blood will be poured on his feet as soon as he is sighted at the airport upon his return to make him the legitimate chief of the town, before he makes any attempt to escape again.
According to the source, Totimeh has asked for protection from the police but unfortunately the police can?t help him in this case as they don?t get involved in traditional matters, especially a delicate chieftaincy issue like this one.
In Adanditem, a royal has no option than to fulfill his destiny to keep the town?s tradition going and Totimeh can?t run away from it, if even he has refused it or is against his will and human right.
We will continue to follow this case as and when there’s a new development, as our source close to the family has promised to update us about any new developments regarding this matter.
Source: ?By: Anonymous writer