New Juaben Traditional Council pulls down ‘offensive’ statue
The New Juaben Traditional Council has pulled down a
statue it describes as ‘offensive and dirty trick’ erected at
the Prince Boateng Roundabout near the Koforidua
Omanhene’s palace in the Eastern Region.
According to the Traditional Council, the statue named
‘Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng’ was erected by his children
An action of the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Council,
Daasebre Prof Emeritus Oti Boateng, has described as gross
disrespect to the Yiadom Hwedie stool.
The Council said the decision to forcibly pull down the
statue follows the failure by the children of the late
Oheneba Yao Boateng to remove the statue as promised when
summoned on February 5, 2021 by the traditional council.
“The Children have also on two different occasions,
on 5th March and 19th March 2021 respectively, refused
to honor specific request by the traditional council to
attend its meetings on the issue.
“It has emerged that Oheneba Yao Boateng’s children have
produced and widely distributed a video of the
‘offensive’ statue in the United States of America,
the United Kingdom, and Ghana.
“The Traditional Council is in possession of a copy of
the video which is totally repugnant to the history and
sensibilities of the chiefs and people of New Juaben,”
the Traditional Council said in a statement released.
The Traditional Council contended that the late
Mr Boateng is not a royal from the Yiadom Hwedie family
but derived his status from the fact that his father was
Nana Kwaku Boateng I, who reigned as Omanhene of
New Juaben from 1913 to 1930.
“One would have expected the children of
Oheneba Yao Boateng, who erected the statue,
to exercise due diligence and circumspection by first
considering their grandfather, Nana Kwaku Boateng I,
for the honor rather than his son and their father,” it said.
The inscription Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng instead of
Oheneba Yao Boateng boldly on the said statue is also
considered very offensive to the Akan customary practice and
usage. From the multifocal analysis of the Akan kingship structure,
Oheneba Boateng, whose mother is not Akan, is also not Akan.
The New Juaben Traditional Council further stated that the
late Boateng did not do anything tangibly significant to
merit a statue in his honor in such a vantage area.
According to the Traditional Council, it had already
earmarked the very spot for erecting the statue of
Nana Kwaku Boateng I, to commemorate his unique contribution
as the Omanhene who built the New Juaben Palace.