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New York City Mayor-Elect Receives Spiritual Purification In Ghana’s Akwamufie.

In honor of the 400th anniversary of slavery in America, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams paid a historic visit to Ghana, West Africa.

The visit is part of Ghana’s “Year of Return” invitation to people of African heritage in the diaspora.

At the Chief’s palace in the Eastern Region, the Mayor underwent traditional purification ceremonies performed by the Akwamufie traditional council as part of his visit.

The Mayor was installed to the rank of sub-chief and given the name Barima Yaw Asamani. He was called after a late Chief and great warrior in the traditional area’s history.

In 1693, the late Chief Nana Asamani became the first black Governor of Christiansborg Castle, which is located in Osu, Accra, Ghana, on the shore of the Gulf of Guinea. He overcame the Danish and grabbed their keys through deception.

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, the traditional council headed by Paramount Chief Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II announced that “Eric Adams, the second-ever black man who will serve as Mayor of New York City beginning January 1, 2022, underwent traditional spiritual cleansing rites performed by the elders of the Bogyawe Ahenfi, Akwamufie, in a historic homecoming visit to Ghana, underwent traditional spiritual cleansing rites performed by the elders of the Bogyawe palace.

The Mayor-elect was accompanied by Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Founder, President, and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa Foundation, HACSA-USA, as well as his partner Tracey Collins, in accordance with COVID requirements. A visit to the Akwamu Museum was also offered to him.

The Akwamuhene Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and the Akwamuhemea, Nana Afrakoma II, gave him the name Barima Yaw Asamani and wished him well in his term,” according to the statement.

On November 30, 2021, CBS New York reported that New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams had traveled to Ghana, West Africa, amid rising fears about the Omicron variant.

However the Mayor-elect, Adams says the trip carries great importance to him:

“I made a promise to myself that I would visit Ghana following the 400th anniversary of slavery in America and the election, to show how far we have come and remembered how far we still must go. This election to me was, among other things, about resetting a negative narrative so that we can have a more just and united future. I will continue to be in contact with the transition team on our progress toward January 1, and with the mayor on pressing matters including Omicron while I’m in Ghana.

“When it comes to COVID, I have said time and time again that I will follow the science and our public health professionals as a leader—and right now travel is banned only to Southern African counties out of an abundance of caution.

“Should the federal government change their guidance on travel, I will immediately follow it. Meanwhile, New Yorkers must remain vigilant about preventing the spread of COVID, including wearing masks and getting their vaccines and booster shots.”

The mayor-elect is set to return to the USA on December 8.

Source: Emmanuel Owusu Anti

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