THE SUPREME BEING

AKAN SPIRITUAL UNITED ORDER

The unification of the people comes from the understanding of the oneness of God

AKANS IN AMERICA






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AKAN SPIRITUAL UNITED ORDER
Okomfohema Nana Akua Amoabaa Botwe 1



The unification of the people comes from the understanding of the oneness of God. ASUO, a Nana Asuo Gyebi Shrine House is dedicated to the spiritual upliftment of the African Family. Our leader, Okomfohema Nana Akua Amoabaa Botwe 1 was enstooled in Ghana. ASUO connects individuals through training, healing workshops and resolving conflicts within the family network. ASUO provides uniquely blended family centered events, spiritual monthly cleansings and projects to support community interactions. ASUO supports two non-profit organizations that provide services to underserved communities.









HISTORY OF AKANS IN AMERICA







1965
Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I


The late Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I, whose research had revealed to him that his ancestors came from Ghana, traveled to the Akonedi Shrine in Ghana for an spiritual consultation. This was performed by the mother of the late Okomfohemmaa Nana Akua Oparebea, chief priestess. Nana Dinizulu was directed to his ancestral home through divination. He was completely overwhelmed. He was initiated and upon his return brought to the USA, Nana Asuo Gyebi, Esi Ketewaa and Adade Kofi shrines. In 1967, he established the traditional African religious and cultural organization, Bosum Dzemawodzi in New York.


1971
The Akonedi Shrine


The late Nana Dinizulu requested, received and established the Akonedi Shrine in the U.S.A. Nana Dinizulu was given the titles of Omanhene and Okomfohene of Akans in America, as he was the first to introduce Africans born in America (African Americans) to the Deities of Ghana, West Africa. He invited Okomfohemmaa Nana Akua Oparebea to visit the USA.


1971
Nana Asuo Gyebi, Esi Ketewaa and Tegare shrines


1971, Okomfohemma Nana Akua Oparebea accepted the invitation and traveled to America. Once here she established Nana Asuo Gyebi, Esi Ketewaa and Tegare shrines in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, California and Toronto, Canada. When returning to Ghana, she took young men and women to train at the Akonedi Shrine at Larteh . She taught Nana Dinizulu how to train Okomfo (traditional Priests and Priestesses) to serve the Deities. Since that time, many other Shrines and Deities have been brought to America by other Akomfo who were trained in Larteh, at other Shrines in Ghana, and by accomplished Akomfo in the USA.









THE ORIGIN OF THE AKAN PEOPLE







AKAN CULTURE
Upper Southern Egypt


Akan culture has been linked to the Kush civilization of Upper (southern) Egypt. The people who later became known as Akan interacted and intermarried with many people as they migrated from East to West – eventually settling in the region between Djenne and Timbuktu as well as near Agadez in Niger. During the course of their migration they were one of many people who shared the ancient Hebrew language and culture. The Oyoko, or Falcon Clan of Kamit, is well known in Ghana as the matrilineal clan of the founding king of the Asante, Nana Osei Tutu. Other scholars have pointed out the similarity of (N)yame and Yawe, the m and w often being interchangeable in Hebraic and Ghanaian culture. Many of their customs are very Hebraic and their symbol for life and beauty- the akuaba doll- bares a remarkable resemblance to the Kemetian ankh. They are believed by some scholars (Myerowitz, Williams, Yankson and others) to have linguistics, customs and clan names which trace them back to these very ancient areas and civilizations. Somewhere around 1200 they began to move south and westward from the Niger Valley first settling in the Brong Ahafo region of modern Ghana and eventually migrating further south to the coast and westward into what is now the Ivory Coast. It is important to note, however, that the Guans are the original inhabitants of Larteh and other areas in the Akuapem region. The Guans are related to the Dagoma people who reside in northern Ghana, and it is from that area that the Guans are believed to have migrated.









THE SUPREME BEING







AKAN CONCEPT OF THE SUPREME BEING
True Supreme and Almighty God


By tradition, Africans on the continent have a belief in a true Supreme and Almighty God. And, so it is with those of us in the Diaspora who follow the traditional form of worship of the Akan- Guan people. This combined ethnic group lives throughout Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Togo and the Diaspora. Large groups of Akans came to the West during slavery times. Many ended up in New York, New Jersey, and the Southern U.S. Akans' culture, language, names, rites and rituals have been present in North, Central, South America and the West Indies since the 1600s. The three most common names for God amongst the Akans are Onyankompon, Odomonkoma and Nyame. Onyankompon represents the aspect of God in the symbol of a tree and that aspect upon whom humans can ‘lean upon and never fall.’ Onyankompon is that spark of divinity that resides within everyone. Odomonkoma is the creative aspect of God which directs the ever-unfolding process of creation and evolution. Nyame is an aspect of God - that which is most directly involved with human beings and their affairs on the planet.






THE PRACTICE OF AKOM







AKOM PRACTICED IN AMERICA
Akans of Ghana


Akom practiced in America and by the Akans of Ghana, West Africa is a time when the community of families pay homage to the Abosum and Nsamanfo, the Gods and Ancestors. In the language of our ancestors, Twi, Akom means possession. Once a priest/priestess is in this state, it is called Akom. The Akom can occur anytime or any place. Our holy days, days which we hold sacred to the Abosom, are Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. A priest/priestess is especially susceptible to possess on one of the three holy days.