Elders of the Nungua Traditonal Council have stated categorically that, the assertion by the decendants of Borketey Laweh that he was the founder of the Nungua state and hence leader of GaDangme is absolutely false.
Addressing the media in Accra yesterday, the Nungua Stool Secretary, Rainsford Nii Adotey Gbosange referred to a book written by Margaret Field said on page 122 of the social Organisation of the Ga people about the “Sanshie” people clearly shows that Borketey Laweh was not the founder of Nungua since the “Sanshie” were on the land before the people of Amanfa arrived.
Again, the Nungua Stool Secretary sited a Writing in 1940, Margaret Field observed in her book “Social Organization of the Ga People” about the “Sanshie” people thus:
The other set of people were on the land before the immigrants arrived. Exactly who they were is uncertain, but most traditions have itthat they were of Akwamu origin Probably they were Akwamu refugees who settled after the defeat and break-up of the Akwamu Kingdom. Their leader was Odaí Koto, the Priest of the god Oshwe.
Explaining further, the convener recalled, they were famous hunters and owned-in the hunters manner- all the land up to Dodokwe (a gulley near what is now Accra riffle range) including the present day sites of Osu, La and Teshie….. the Kpeshie aborigines of Teshie and La District though not actually disturbed seem to have been in subjection to Odai Koto’s people and paid them two-thirds of the salt that they won from the lagoons, but probably they received hunters bush meat in exchange for it.
According to the statement, On the claim that Gborbu was or is the “Shitse” (Owner of the Land), one need not go far to discover that that title belongs to the aborigines and not the immigrants.
Freld again reported at page 83 of that same book ” the owner of the land was known as Shitse, and even when the immigrants overwhelmed him with their numbers and their power they always gave him nominal seniority”
The Laweh descendants should by now know that people are wide awake and they cannot continue to deceive us at all times. The title Shitse does not belong to the Ga Margaret Field reports on page 124 of the ‘Social Organization of the Ga People that, “when the Gbobu Koo was transferred to its present síte at Nungua, the bodies were dug up and the heads placed under round pots in Abrokodzsa, the meeting place of the gods in Gbobukon’,
Nii Adotey Gbosange, pointed out that, one is likely to notice that the oríginal place of the Gborbu koo was not Nungua. So all the noise being made about Gborbu koo, Gborbu temple and Boketey Laweh is mischicvous, the Laweh descendants should know that their coming to Nungua was a late development.
“On the claim that Borketey Laweh founded Wodoku, Wodode, Woshagba, Wokpele, Wobobo (these were settlements to the south cast of present-day village Wawaleshí (Bawaleshie) between Abokobí Teshie road and the Papao-Teshíe road)”, he added.
Field concluded that these four villages were founded by Borketey Laweh and their sites were undisputed (page 122). These Borketey Laweh settlements were nowhere near present day Nungua.
They are currently in the hands of different Ga states. They could therefore not have been used as the basis for Lawe people to claím to have founded Nungua,
“in the light of the foregoing, it is clear that Borketey Laweh did not found Nungua and was not the founder of the GaDangme state. He did not bring Kpledzoo to Nungua and neither was he the shitse of Nungua or the GaDangme state”, he stressed.
“His history represents an account of humiliation suffered at the hands of the La people who defeated him and forced him to abandon his known settlement of Wodoku”, he emphasised.
The convener seized the opportunity to announced that, In about four years to come, GaDangmes will be celebrating the two hundred years of the most famous victory in their history, i.e the Katamanso war of 1826 (where the GaDangme states and their allies triumphed over the Ashanti army).
It is our view that the Ga people should come together and work for progress to face the challenges of this era and beyond but not stand in the middle of a journey to divide ourselves for selfish and narrow or parochial interests. The Ga people are known to be ‘hardy and brave, yet born peaceful and when united our strength shall grow and be more prosperous. Let us therefore stay focused and look into the future with hope and stop this propagation of lies.
“Finally, we want to spill the beans for all to know that the first controversial Borketey Laweh was a twin (ATTEH and LAWEH) of Krobo origin. Due to their troublesome nature, they had a skirmish with the Akuapims whereby Atteh was killed and Laweh and his family had to run for their dear lives to hide at a place later to known as Wodokum”, he stated.
They were later spotted by a popular La hunter warrior by the name Sowah Gborbilor who reported their stay there to the overlord of the land, Nuumo Odai Nkotobo who after discovering that they were of Danme ethnicity permitted them to settle in that province.
By Kingsley Asiedu