Interview with Nana Ama Adukorwah
posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 24 July 2020, 14:22
Greetings to all MU Members. My name is Nana Ama Adukorwah II nee Mavis Atuahene and I am a member at Emmanuel Parish Church, Leyton, London. Currently, I do not hold any position in the MU but would consider if any position becomes available.
I joined the MU in the year 2010, after its inauguration at Emmanuel Parish in 2009. I joined because l so enjoy giving and helping the needy, which is the aim of the Mother’s Union. I am deeply touched by the story of the Emmanuel branch, the efforts made by our elderly women. The cycle of Prayer that is ongoing, and I was surprised when Aunty Jean asked for donation to Grenada, the haste with which the donations were received, was amazing. Thanks to everyone for the kind gesture.
Whenever I am asked to talk about my role as a ‘Queen Mother’, I take a moment to truly reflect on my role and its implication; in a way this is an illuminating experience for all mothers. I was coronated on 9th September 2009, after the death of my great, great grandmother, who was 1st Queen mother 35 years earlier.
I come from Ajumako in the central region of Ghana. My ancestors settled 5 kilometres from Ajumako called Ampia- Ajumako. They were returning from war when their leader, who was my great, great grand uncle Nana Kwame Appiah contracted Chicken Pox and died on reaching the place. He was buried there so the rest of the warriors then decided to settle there, due to the high risk of infection. The populace are predominantly famers. Ajumako is the district headquarters for Ajumako Enyan-Esiam District. The royalty is a Paramount state and there is the institute of languages in Ajumako, under the auspices of University of Ghana.
Firstly, let me define what is meant by the title Queen-mother. A queen mother is a female traditional ruler. The title ‘Queen Mother’ was coined because our forefathers and mothers believed that a Queen is also a mother of all, including the King or Chief.
The fundamental role of a Queen is that you are called to serve, and in this capacity, it is a privilege but also comes with it is a great responsibility fraught with many challenges in equal measure. The King is under the control of a Queen mother, because it is she who nominates a new King when the sitting King dies, in consultation with the elders. The Queen mother also has the power to de-stool the King. She also acts as the mother of the King and in fact the whole populace. As a queen mother, I am called upon to exercise GOOD CHARACTER, DIGNITY, WISDOM, SOUND JUDGEMENT AND STRONG LEADRERSHIP. As a mother I am expected to be COMPASSIONATE, UNDERSTANDING and PRODUCTIVE, to be an INTERCESSOR, and to possess CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS. This role which is based on the above principles is therefore crucial and has a support system of the chief and jointly of the people. I am a protector and mentor of the young girls in my community, making sure they get access to good education, job opportunities, good health training, free from exploitation and protection from any form of abuse.
I hold two royal titles Konahemaa and Nifahemaa. The title Nifahemaa literarily means the righthand queen. My first role is to support the Nifahene who is the leader of the right wing of the army, in ancient days when there were wars, the Nifahene leads the war, and my role is to support him and his entourage, so I am a warrior. I am also the head of all the Queen mothers under the right-wing division. My other title as Konahemaa, makes me the head of the Kona Clan. One of my Aunties always told me off when I was being naughty as a child and would say you are a queen, stop being silly. I can say here that I was aggressive and would fight for my rights, in fact, I just fought for everything and everyone, even with boys if I had too. I was a warrior from birth. I did not understand my aunties until I became an adult, I then took things on board and learnt a lot from my aunties. I knew as someone born as a Queen, I have a role to play in the church and in the community. I started to take leadership roles in the community. I was a chorister, Past Diocesan Secretary of the Guild of the Good Shepherd and once the Organizer of an NGO called the 31st December Women’s Movement in Ghana, this movement sought the total liberation of women by any means necessary. It was this movement that fought for the implementation of the interstate Succession Law, or The PNDC law 111 which has helped many widows from being thrown out of their matrimonial homes after the death of their husbands who left no WILL. Currently I am a Patroness of Unique Club UK, a Ghanaian Charity Club, which sponsors the School of the blind, Akuapem in Ghana. I am also the Patroness of Freedom Club UK, a Charity club that seeks the welfare of Ghanaian Youth in the London. Immensely, by the Grace of God, I feel matured in His word and I am blessed. I have been through challenges - how I get out of them I cannot tell. I can only say God has been faithful to me.
Globally we are together in prayers, we are all at risk if one of us is at risk. We need love, Agape love, to keep us going. God has given us the privilege, and we are thankful for our lives, homes and friends. There will be no concerns when there is love, we need to pray for God’ love and sustenance, for with God all things are possible. I grew up with a family which had a passion for supporting others and this has been in my blood from early childhood. I have passion for the needy and poor people and possess lots of empathy.
I love the Emmanuel Parish MU monthly prayers on Saturdays - it has help us build the church and has held us together. My favourite readings are from Psalm 23: v1 -The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 91: v7 - A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. And, Te Deum, the last verse: Oh Lord in thee have I trusted, let me never be confounded, my faith in God is keeping me strong. When I look at the number of deaths in the world, I can but only thank God for hiding me under his wings. He has given me the protection.
To help grow the MU I believe we should do more Advocacy and Evangelisation in the community. And a good Youth Club helps the young to grow in the Wisdom of God.
Nana Ama Adukorwah
Posted: 24 Jul 2020 | There are 1 comments
Comment 1 | From: Mrs Neville Bird | Date: 15 September 2020, 12:50
I am so impressed by your story, thank you for the explanation. Have you been to a MU Council meeting in Chelmsford Cathedral? My mother was a CMS teacher in Uganda 1910-1922.
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