By Enock Akonnor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sekyere South District Assembly has drawn the attention of Ghana Tourism Authority to seven exceptional attractions.
Picture (District Chief Executive)
The former has planned to develop them into tourist sites.
They are the Dawu stone (a sacred mountain), a specific geological spot at Bepoase community which is believed to be the source of the famous River Afram.
Picture (Dawu stone)
Others include an over 300 years old evergreen tree called “Yentumi”; to wit “you can’t conquer”.
Picture (Yentumi tree)
It was planted and named by Ashantis’ most powerful shaman- the late Okomfo Anokye in a community called Bonko.
Adding up is a sacred cave at Bonko within which some ancient Chiefs and warriors of the Ashanti Kingdom died alive, a building that served as a place of residence for the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a tree which was planted by Okomfo Anokye among others.
Picture (historic residence of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at Banko)
In relation to the foremost site (Dawu Stone), history believes that the mountain bears three indelible marks, caused after three eggs which were crashed against it.
Picture (Dawu stone)
It is believed that Okomfo Anokye cast the 3 eggs against the mountain which is situated at Dawu whiles he was standing at Agona.
The eggs didn’t break, living behind the three marks.
District Chief Executive for the area Hon Reckling Catherine in a meeting with officials of the Ghana Tourism Authority said the area is so much endowed with historical sites which if developed can serve as tourist sites for the country.
She mentioned that Agona and for that matter Sekyere South District has so much to tell the world and therefore saw the need to invite officials of the Ashanti regional Ghana Tourism Authority to assist them with technical advise on how they can be developed.
Picture (DCE’s meeting with tourist officials)
The DCE said that developing them will at least create employment avenues for residents in the area, increase the IGF of the Assembly among others.
The meeting formed part of GTA’s inspection of the sites which happened on Wednesday 10th June 2023.
The Assembly had earlier written to the regional officials of GTA to acess the attractions and assist them with technical support vis-a-vis their development.
Paying a courtesy call on the Chief of Bepoase Nana Opoku Agyemang Brefo before inspecting the source of the Afram river, the traditional leader applauded the steps taken by the tourism officials.
Picture ( visit to the source of River Afram)
Picture (exact spot of the source of river Afram)
He pledged to offer them and the Assembly all the needed support to make the development a reality.
The team visited Agona, Kona among other attractions within the district.
Picture (officials observing tree planted Okomfo Anokye at Agona)
Addressing the media after the inspection, the Regional Director for GTA Mr. Frederick Adjei-Rudolph said the visit formed part of the Authority’s work; seeing tourist potentials in attractions at the local level and come with measures on how they can be developed.
Picture (Carving center at Kona)
He indicated that his outfit will after the accessment put before the assembly proposals on how they can be developed.
Mr. Rudolph said developing those that are viable will enhance growth of the local economy.
He explained that the foregoing will be realised in the creation of job opportunities and income generation.