Story: VICTOR MORRISON
ACCREDITED MEMBERS of the Nii Tetteh Ankamah family in Gbese at the Ga Mashie in the Greater Accra Region have announced that the installed but not gazzeted Chief of Gbese Royal Divisional Stool and Adontehene of the Ga State, Nii Dr Okaidja IlI, would be buried on Friday, November9, 2019.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Head of the family, Nii Tetteh Ankamah lll, said that the late Nii Dr Okaidja lII, who is a member of Nii Tetteh Ankamah, family died on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in London after a short illness.
Flanked by the Head of Gbese Shiawulu family, Nii Teiko Akorsoku IV, Head of Saki family of Gbese, Nii Akwote Krobo, Gbese Shippie (Major General of Captains) and some high profile personalities of the Ga State, Nii Tetteh Ankamah III lamented that the death of Nii Dr Okaidja lll came as a shock to many with chiefs, traditional office holders and friends pouring out words of condolences to the family of the late consummate chief.
He stated that members of the family had liaised with all the accredited traditional office holders, national security agencies, chiefs and dignitaries of the Ga State to work out all the full modalities which have empowered the family to arrange for the funeral to give a befitting burial to their beloved late chief.
He disclosed that they would keep wake of the body of the remains of Nii Dr Okaidja III on Thursday, November 8, 2019 in his private residence at Odorkor Tarrazon Road near Awoshie Baahyard road traffic light in Accra.
Nii Tetteh Ankamah lll added that the corpse of the late chief would be conveyed from his house to Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in Accra on Friday, November 9, 2019 for funeral rites and that the remains of the late Nii Dr Okaija III would be given a private burial in line with Ga traditions and customs.
Following this development, he mentioned that the final funeral rites would be held at City Hall at Kinbu in Accra, assuring citizens of Ga State that the upcoming funeral rites of the late chief would be performed peacefully in unity and devoid of any troubles.
He pointed out that the late Nii Dr Okaidja IlI, who was a retired UK-based Ghanaian Magistrate, was enstooled on Sunday, October 8, 2006, reigned for eleven (11) years and died at the age of 78.
According to him, Nii Dr Okaidja III succeeded the late Gbese Mantse, Nii Agbofu, who died somewhere in 2002, and was buried before Nii Okadija was installed.
Described as an inspirational, delusional and true leader, the late chief, known in private life as Mr Bill Anna, played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Ga Traditional Council as well as instrumental in peace building in Ga State and a nation as a whole.
According to him, Nii Okaidja III was appointed a Magistrate for the Inner London Circuit in 1987 and became a presiding justice in 1991 where he commenced sitting on appeals at the Crown Courts at Southwark and Middlesex Guildhall as a judge.
Until his death, he pointed out that Nii Dr Okaidja III had written several papers on comparative law with the latest being “The role of the British Court Clerk.
To this end, the head of Nii Tetteh Ankamah family called on all and sundry to join the family to give a befitting burial to the late chief.
In furtherance of this, Nii Tetteh Ankamah IIl entreated the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to impress upon national security agencies to ensure that there is no trouble before, during and after the funeral rites of the late Nii Dr Okaidja lII
Picture: Nii Dr. Nii Okaidja lII, the late Gbese Mantse