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My Father Was A Great King – Sophia Mate-Kole

25 years ago, Nene Azu Mate–Kole, Kornor of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area passed away leaving inhabitants of Manya Krobo in a state of mourning and unhappiness coupled with tears from family and associates. As tradition demands, a befitting burial for a leader and chief was given him to rest peacefully in the land of the ancestors in the year 1992. His burial attracted many dignitaries from across the country and his contribution towards development of Odumase – Krobo and the nation as a whole.

19th -22nd November was therefore scheduled to remember Nene, hence a silver jubilee anniversary has been marked by relations and authorities to place an indelible imprint of a hero in the minds of the people who live within and outside his jurisdiction. The occasion was seen as a remarkable one as many troop to join the celebrations.

Many records of his immense contribution are not far-fetched such as the establishment of the Manya Krobo Secondary School, MAKROSEC as well as the Akro Senior High School which are some achievements of the late Nene Azu Matey Korley.

In an interview with Mrs. Sophia Matey Kole, a daughter of Nene, their father cannot be forgotten as many developmental projects are accorded to his account and today those projects still put food on the tables of many far and around.

She also added that in the 1950’s and 1960’s, girl child education was not given the needed attention and girls were prevented from schooling, and allotted to work as house cooks and sellers but his late father objected to such views and promoted girl child education which has benefitted themselves and many others.

As part of activities to climax the anniversary, Mrs. Sophia said there was a lecture session to be held on girl child education at the Odumase Presby church at Odumse-Krobo.

His majesty, the Konor of Manya Krobo traditional area, Nene Sackitey II, and the entire royal family of Odumase will be responsible for a complete success of the anniversary.

Source: ritefmonline.org

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