Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog

Symbols meanings (clockwise)

  • ADINKRAHENE: (Chieftain of Adinkra symbols) It’s the African symbol of power charisma and leadership.
  • TAMFO BEBRE: (jealous enemy) symbol for Envy
  • SANKOFA: (return and get it) symbol of importance of learning from the past
  • FUNTUNFUNEFU-DENKYEMFUNEFU: (Siamese crocodile) It can be invoked to remind us of the usefulness of compromise and the uselessness of fighting.
  • DWENNIMMEN: (ram’s horns) An Adinkra symbol for Strength with virtues of humility.
  • GYE NYAME: (except for God) This is one of the Ghanaian traditional symbols honoring supremacy of Divine deity.
  • PEMPAMSIE: (sew in readiness) The symbol of steadfastness and robustness
  • WO NSA DA MU A: (If your hands are in the dish) The symbol of participatory government, democracy and pluralism.
  • The RED color symbolizes the blood of our ancestors.
  • The BLUE symbolizes the tears of our ancestors.
  • By remembering our ancestors, we build on the traditions of the Sefwi Obeng-Mim.

The center symbol is Golden Fire Dog:
The Aduana people are believed to have been led out of the ground by a dog which had fire in his mouth. Hence they are referred to as Ogyaasefuo.

It is also believed that the first Aduana had a dog that once was out to search for food and on seeing fire the dog thought there was something to eat for him and in doing so got his mouth seriously burnt. When the owner saw it coming with the fire he then said , "m'atwea woabre me adie" meaning 'my dog you have brought me something worthy'.

KNIGHT/DAME GRAND CROSS (KGCG/DGCG) 40

The decoration hangs from a ribbon. This is tied as a sash, which is worn from the right shoulder to the left hip.

The star, consisting of the decoration symbols important to African culture, is attached to an eight-pointed slightly rounded golden star consisting of braided silver and golden rays. The rays of the star are alternately braided and all tied at the ends.

The star is worn directly above the waist on the left-hand side of the clothing. The star and the medal described above are always worn together.

KNIGHT/DAME GRAND OFFICER (KGOG/DGOG) 40

The decoration hangs from a neck ribbon.

The star, consisting of the decoration symbols important to African culture, is attached to an eight-pointed slightly rounded golden star consisting of braided silver and golden rays. The rays of the star are alternately braided and all tied at the ends.

The star is worn directly above the waist on the left-hand side of the clothing. The star and the medal described above are always worn together.

KNIGHT/DAME COMMANDER (KCG/DCG) 80

The decoration hangs from a ribbon. This ribbon is smaller in diameter than the ribbon of a Grand Cross.

The star consists of a slightly larger decoration, which is worn directly above the middle on the left-hand side of the clothing. The star and the decoration described above are always worn together.

KNIGHT/DAME (KG/DG) 120

The decoration hangs from the ribbon that is worn at chest height on the left-hand side of the clothing. The ribbon for women is tied in the shape of a bow.

The miniature is tied in the shape of a bow.

The FOUNT OF HONOR will be bestow this award upon distinguished individuals for their selfless support.

Announcement: 10 May 2019

Royal Office of Orders, Honors and Awards Affairs of the Sefwi Obeng-Mim Kingdom has the honor to announce the following decrees:

I, Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog, decree as follows:

  1. HIS MAJESTY RUKIRABASAIJA AGUTAMBA SOLOMON GAFABUSA IGURU I, Omukama of the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara was bestowed The Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog in the rank of Knight Grand Cross (KGCG).
  2. His Excellency Joseph P. Van Tassel, KCO Royal House Chancellor was bestowed The Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog in the rank of Knight Grand Cross (KGCG).
  3. His Excellency Rick E. Kasparek, KGCK was bestowed The Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog in the rank of Knight Grand Officer (KGOG).
  4. His Excellency Peter F. Gummersbach was bestowed The Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog in the rank of Knight Commander (KCG).

Joseph P. Van Tassel
Chancellor

Announcement: 21 May 2019

Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog, appoints as follows:

  1. Mr.Mark Anthony Henderson is appointed as a Knight Grand Officer (KGOG) in the Order for his development of the Official Coat of Arms of this Royal House.
  2. Mr. Stephan Uri Breu is appointed as a Knight Grand Officer (KGOG) in the Order for charity work and sponsorship of the new School to be opened soon.

Gentlemen, Congratulations and welcome to the Order!

Joseph P. Van Tassel
Chancellor

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