Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog

Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog of the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim
 
Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog with Ribbon
Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog of the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim
 
Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog
Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog of the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim
 
Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog with Sash

 

Download Constitution of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (Nov 2020)

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'.

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


Noblesse Oblige

The following information has been prepared for those interested in entering into the sacred halls of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog and the possibility of being invited into its ranks.

Introduction

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.”

 

The Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (ROGFD) is constituted and inaugurated under the auspices of the Royal House and Traditional Council of Sefwi Obeng-Mim and the Chieftaincy of His Majesty Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, in order to promote the ancient code of the military protectors, Asafo, of the ancient Akan Kingdom. This tradition dates back to time immemorial and the Asafo being in service to the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim. Keeping the spirit of the traditional Asafo of the Akan, this Order respectfully emulates a more known system of codifying the chivalric rankings carried with our noble and sacred Order.

 

The international members of this Royal Order are dedicated to the development of the Stool Lands under the care of the Royal House. Acceptance into the Order is based on the assessment of the human values and quality of character of the applicant, without distinction or discrimination based on religious, social class, race, political tendencies, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Advancement in rank is based on merit.

 

Each Knight or Dame admitted should be aware that he/she is part of a chivalric institution representing the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, are recognized as noble members under traditional customs of Sefwi Obeng-Mim Traditional Council and the Royal House, and consequently should be prepared to accept and to practice a Chivalric Code of Honor, such as provided in this Constitution. His Majesty, by his own right and prerogative, as well as on recommendation by the Royal House, the Grand Council of the Order, and primarily by the Traditional Council of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, may remove a title of nobility, knighthood, damehood, or any other honors bestowed.

Admission Protocol

A person requesting admission to the Order, and to be invested as a Knight or Dame should be aware that he/she intends to become a part of a Chivalric Institution representing the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, are recognized as a noble member of the Royal House. Consequently, they should be prepared to accept and to practice a Chivalric Code of Honor as they serve the Royal House and the people of Sefwi Obeng-Mim.

Qualifications and Exclusions for Membership

Acceptance into the Order is based on the assessment of the human values and quality of character of the applicant, without distinction or discrimination based on religious, social class, race, political tendencies, physical disability, or sexual orientation.

I. The following are among the desired qualifications for membership in the Order:

  • To be at least 25 years of age.
  • To be a stable person holding a dignified and steady employment.
  • To be morally and socially well considered.
  • To be practitioners of any learned profession or members of the Armed Forces.
  • To be retired persons or veterans of military service.
  • To be persons considered socially and professionally as capable, just, honest, compassionate and courageous.
  • To be persons willing and having the economic capacity to pledge; meeting successfully at least the minimum amount of contribution.


II. The following are impediments for attaining membership

  • To be employed or follow professions or the lifestyles that could be viewed as dishonorable by generally accepted standards.
  • These are automatic disqualification criteria for candidates with intention to use, mislead, or misrepresent: Falsified or faux royal, aristocrats, or nobility titles; Falsified or faux awards, honors, orders, etc.; Falsified or faux academic titles and academic degrees.
The Process of Nomination, Honorarium Passage Fees, and Annual Membership Dues

A Petition for Membership may be submitted by any Member of the Royal Order for any individual who meets the nomination criteria. The Nominator must be a member in good standing of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog of the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim.

Honorarium Passage Fees are subject to annual revision based upon the recommendation of the Grand Council in accordance with the Constitution of the Royal Order. This fee is used to support the Works of the Order within the Grand Council and Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim. In extraordinary cases of need, payment of additional fees may be waived at the discretion of the Grand Council. Advancement within The Royal Order is based upon merit and the individual's activities within the Order, not through monetary donation; contingent only upon the recommendation of the Prior, the Grand Council and the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim.

Submission of Petition

The Nominator, together with the Petitioner, to complete the "Petition for Membership" and submit the following documentation to the Adontehene (Grand Chancellor):

  • Curriculum Vitae (Biographical Sketch), and
  • One passport size and type photograph, through the link below.
  • An Honorarium of Passage fee has been set forth and shall be discussed with the petitioner according to the entrance so desired. This shall be payable as directed via the Grand Council and sent to after the Petition for Membership has been recommended by the Grand Council and provisionally approved by the Grand Master.
The ennobled Title and Ranks conferred upon men are as follows:
  • Member, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (MG)
  • Knight, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (KG)
  • Knight, Commander of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (KCG)
  • Knight, Grand Officer of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (KGOG)
  • Knight, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (KGCG)
  • Knight, Grand Collar of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (GCG)
The ennobled Title and Ranks conferred upon women are as follows:
  • Member, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (MG)
  • Dame, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (DG)
  • Dame, Commander, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (DCG)
  • Dame, Grand Officer. of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (DGOG)
  • Dame, Grand Cross. of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (DGCG)
  • Dame, Grand Collar, of the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog (GCG)
Guiding Principles for Knights and Dames

A fledgling Knight or Dame joining the Order indicates a wish to further the chivalric code of knighthood. 

The following principles are presented here as a guide to Knights and Dames and are based on the high noble warrior standards of old.

  • Should be charitable and comfort those who are afflicted.
  • Will serve faithfully and defend the rights and welfare of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, and all people around the world, courageously.
  • Will forgive the follies and offense of others and sincerely embrace the love of friends.
  • Will esteem truth and will never create nor participate in falsehoods.
  • Needs to avoid sloth and superfluous ease. He/she will spend his/her time in the pursuit of ever virtuous action.
  • Shows reverence to dignitaries and persons in authority and gives honor to those in authority.
  • Will eschew riot and detest intemperance in any form, whether in his/her personal life or in the eye of the public.
  • Will eschew dishonest pleasures and endeavor to do good to others.
  • Will accommodate himself/herself to the humor of honest company.
  • Will shun the conversation of perverse persons and behave in a modest way at all times.
  • Will be sober and discreet, no boaster of his/her own acts, and not be a speaker of himself/herself.
  • Will desire no excessive riches and patiently endure all worldly calamities.
  • Will undertake just enterprise and defend the rights of others.
  • Will support the oppressed. He/she will do everything in his/her power to provide help and succor to any who are afflicted in any way.
  • Will prefer honor before worldly wealth and be just and faithful in both word and deed.

How to wear the Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog