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The popular gay rights activist, Davis Mac Iyalla, who has been installed Amankorehen of the Yamonransa Nkusukum Traditional Area in the Central Region fell down from the Palanquin in which he was carried during his coronation.
The Amankorehen is the development chief who usually promotes activities that accelerates the development of an area and it is usually given to persons, and even foreigners who have contributed to the development of a community.
Iyalla was installed by the Omanhen and President of Nkusukum Traditional Area, Nana Okese Essandoh IX,
under the stool name Nana Kwesi Gyasi I.
The ceremony was attended by several traditional authorities from Osu in Accra, Elmina, Mankessim and Cape Coast.
There was police presence to ensure peace during the precession through the street.
A short video in which the palanquin is seen falling down from the heads of those carrying him has been shared on social media.
In the said video, some people are heard screaming and mentioning “Jesus” in their attempt to save the chief from landing on the ground from the palanquin.
Shortly after the screaming, a group of people are seen rushing to the place where the palanquin fell down.
Davis Mac Iyalla was installed Amankorehen of the Yamonransa Nkusukum Traditional Area in the Central Region with a pledge to fight for human rights at the weekend.
Nana Kwesi Gyasi was carried in a palanquin through the Yamonransa township pouring schnapps along the route before arriving at the durbar grounds at the Nkusukum palace.
On reaching the grounds, Nana Gyasi together with the paramount chief Nana Okese Esandoh were held in an engagement with police officials on grounds.
After close to an hour in that engagement the chiefs came to the durbar grounds to continue with the proceedings but with an amended programme lineup.
The swearing of oath of allegiance to the Omahen in state on the initial programme lineup was cancelled.
Nana Okese Esandoh thanked all who came for the outdooring ceremony.
In his speech Nana Esandoh called on all to come together to move the community’s development forward.
— GraphicOnline (@Graphicgh) January 29, 2023
Plea for projects
He called on government to improve the state of roads in the community, storm drains and for a police quarters and female police cells and a health centre adding that lands were available for such developments.
Iyalla in his address said he had completed all traditional formalities that now makes him a chief.
He said he was born in Nigerian but now a British citizen saying by “the grace of God I practice what I preach and that is human rights for all persons. I don’t believe in discrimination. Whether you are tall, short black, white, yellow or green you are a human being and I will fight for that my belief to the very end. No matter what it cost me. I am not a hypocrite and I will not start now to be a hypocrite. You don’t need to like me but you have to respect my views,” he stated.He explained that he came to know the Omanhen in April 2022 when the Omanhen had been in a chieftaincy dispute for 13years.
He said soon after knowing him (the Omanhen) they worked to ensure he was gazetted in December 2022 and sworn into the regional house of chiefs.
Stopping the ceremony
“People were trying to stop the ceremony,” he stated saying that many who tried to stop the ceremony saying some of the same people had made foreigners chiefs and benefited from it.
“I am a man of action. When I enter somewhere I bring change. Whenever I enter anywhere if I say I want to do something I do it and I do it very well.