by Stephen Kwabena Effah

September 30, 2017

Shocker: Rev. flees from compulsory traditional stool rites; declared missing

File photo. Rev. Fosu is said to have fled because he sees the customary rites as against Christian beliefs and practices.

A shocking story of a Ghanaian reverend minister, who is heir to a traditional stool in the Brong Ahafo Region, is likely to cause a sensation on social media and trigger a debate between Christianity and tradition.

Rev. Kwabena Adom Fosu who is to ascend to the Mansini Stool in the Bechem traditional area, has fled his home to escape the performance of a mandatory “customary rites” to seal and legitimise his enthronement.

The reverend, according to the family members, “claims that they [the customary rites] do not conform to his Christian beliefs and practices,” for which reason he has refused to make himself available.

His strange action, however, has forced the family to similarly take a somewhat ‘extreme action’ by declaring him missing, in a weird advertisement this week in a newspaper, which has since gone viral on social media.

“The Aduana royal family of Mansini in the Brong Ahafo region of the republic of Ghana wishes to announce to the general public that one of its royals Rev. Kwabena Adom Fosu who is the heir to the Mansini stool land has refused to avail himself for the customary rites because he claims that they do not conform to his Christian beliefs and practices,” the advertisement read.

Family members have consequently appealed to the general public to assist them in locating the whearabouts of Rev. Fosu in order for him to go through the customary rites.

The weird newspaper advertisement

The family has promised “a handsome reward” for anyone who could provide credible information leading to locating their royal family member.

Meanwhile, the advertisement was silent on whether the family members have reported to the Police that Rev. Fosu is “missing” as declared.

They also failed to provide a contact number on which anyone with credible information could call them on but provided only a residential address in Kumasi; Plot 9 Block I, Anwomaso.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana

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