Sun Qiang, a Chinese businessman in Ghana, received the chieftaincy title of Nkosuohene (Development Chief) of Kwahu-Abetifi, a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The title was given in a grand durbar held at the Kwawu-Abetifi Palace on Saturday, September 12th. The Nkosuohene title is often given to non-royals, who could be politicians or tourists engaged in development. Forming part of the chieftincy rites, Qiang was given a traditional stool name — Barima Kofi Ayeboafo. The name “Ayeboafo” means “one who has done something to benefit others.”
The Nkosuohene title was created in 1985 by the late Asantehene, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, “as a catalyst for development in Kumase [capital of Ghana’s Ashanti Region] and beyond,” according to George M. Bob-Milliar, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in the academic paper, Chieftaincy, Diaspora, and Development: The Institution of Nkosuohene in Ghana.
While the award of the title to a Chinese native has gathered mixed feelings from the public, Qiang is not the first foreigner to be given such a title as non-Ghanaian natives have been cited to receive the title since the 1990s.
See more photos from the ceremony below.