WHEREAS, the Chieftaincy Institution in Ghana is a system that structures and regulates the activity of local chieftains (ruling monarchs, princes, and aristocracy) in the Ghanaian society and state. The Chieftaincy Institution of Ghana is enshrined in the Republic’s Constitution (chapter 270-277) and the Chieftaincy Act of 2008. Those who hold the sacred title of “Chief” in Ghana are sovereign rulers in their traditional areas; and
WHEREAS, H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, known in his private life as Mr. Ofosuhene Dacosta, was enstooled and outdoored as the Chief of Sefwi Obeng-Mim within the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area of the Western North Region of Ghana, West Africa, on 3 June 2016. Nana is recognized by the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Council as the rightful elected and enstooled chief of the area by the Elders and Kingmakers and registered with the National House of Chiefs; and
WHEREAS, the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Wiawaso Tradition Area and President of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Council is H.M. Katakyie Kwasi Bumagama II, father of H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, in recognition of Nana Obeng II’s leadership, elevated H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II as a Divisional Chief on 16 July 2017; and
WHEREAS, The Chieftaincy Act 2008 (Act No. 759) makes provision for local government in Ghana, the promotion, conservation, and development of customary law. Under customary law, the Traditional Area Elders and Kingmakers have the authority to “nominate, elect or select and enstool, enskin or install a chief or queen mother.” There shall be a National House of Chiefs, which shall be instrumental in the development and conservation of law relative to chieftaincy and customary law; and
WHEREAS, The President of the National House of Chiefs, the Agbogbomefia of the Ho Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, said one of the objectives of his administration would be to restore the nobility and reverence of the chieftaincy institution to enable it to effectively play its roles in society as expected; and
WHEREAS, H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, Nana of the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, desires to confer honors in the form of a traditional Asafo, or Royal Order, in accordance with the customary law and by following the direction of The President of the National House of Chiefs to restore the nobility; and
WHEREAS, H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II (“His Majesty”) has been an innovator and created a network of supporters for the stool lands in Ghana and around the world, forming a Royal House, and by his rightful fount of honor as a Chief elected and enstooled under traditional customs, hereby created the Royal Order of the 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.
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.