In 1602, a Dutch merchant, Pieter de Marees, already mentioned Anomabu but called it Fantijn or Infantijn. “ Description and a historic story from the Gold Kingdom of Guinea ”.
About 1646 Anomabu became a lodge, built by the Dutch. Director General of the W.I.C. (‘West Indische Compagnie' with its Elmina headquarters), Jacob Ruychaver ( 1640-1645), and D.G. Jacob van de Wel (1645-1649) mentioned Anomabu in “Five Daily Register of the Castle Sao Jorge Da Mina (Elmina) at the Gold coast”.
Willem Bosman, chief merchant of the W.I.C. in Elmina, mentioned Anomabu in his book “Description of the Guinea Gold- Teeth- and Slave coast” (1700).
Paramount Chief Kantamanto Amonoo XI
There are 7 Asafo Groups
All the seven Asafo Companies are under the command of either an Obaatan or Safohenpanyin and the seven companies are under the General command of Tufuhen.
A visit to the shrines by guide is possible.
Address can be obtained from the Paramount Chief's Palace.
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Writer: Nyanfueku Akwa, Anomabu, Ghana.
Paramount Chief Kantamanto Amonoo XI
During this festival in 2005 the presentation of the book “Asafo Companies and their shrines alive” took place. The Dutch Ambassador in Ghana, at that time, Mr. Dr. Arie van der Wiel, was the guest of honour. The shrines are important historic sites, since they are monuments as well as an integral part of the Cultural Heritage of these particular people, and they have progressed throughout history.
Beliefs and worships
History of the mission at the: “Gold Coast” 1471-1880
GEORGE BLANKSON OF ANOMABU
George Blankson was the son of chief Kuntu of Egya. He was born in 1809 in the village of Sodofu which until recent times was a flourishing village on the Brimso river and which disappeared on the construction of Cape Coast water works (1928). He was educated partly at the colonial school, Cape Coast, where he completed his elementary education.
After leaving school, George Blankson followed a calling which was typical of the times and which very much contributed to his rise to fame. He was responsible of settling some of the awkward differences then existing between the Ashantis and the colonial Government in 1853. He was greatly admired and acknowledged by the Duke of Newcastle, Government Brodie Cruickshank, of the judicious manner in which he performed the service entrusted to him. In 1862, he made a remarkable mission in Kumasi from October to December by establishing peaceful relations with the Ashantis after the first Ashanti war in 1863. He was appointed an Official Administrator on 8 th October, 1856 after the promulgation of the Gold Coast Administrator Ordinance, 1856. A few months later –i.e. on May 27 th , 1867 –he was appointed Justice of the Peace, which office he held till about 1865. But the highlight of his public career came on 26 th April, 1861, when he was appointed a member of the legislative council of her majesty's forts and settlements on the gold coast. This appointment was not only a fitting tribute to his valuable and remarkable public service, it also made him the first full-blooded African to win such a coveted office in the Gold Coast constitutional history. Yet at the height of his popularity he became the victim of a tragedy in April 1873, which led to his suspension from the council as a nominated member, an office which he had continuously held since April 1861: a tragedy which deprived him of the reputation he had steadily built up over the years.
It is not surprising, therefore that he devoted his declining years to the work of God, to which he had dedicated his early life, and proved to be a devout and sincere Christian of whom Anomabu could be proud. He was most liberal in his contribution to the church in its formative years, his contribution towards the erection of Ebenezer chapel at Anomabu was noteworthy. Besides, he financed the establishment of a mission school at Mankwadzi, one of his trading posts where his profits were considerable, by electing to pay the schoolmaster and all expenses incurred on the school. Furthermore, he kept many preaching appointments at Anomabu, one of the mission stations, which he managed successfully soon after its opening. These achievements reflect his deep Christian feeling and his fine spirit of practical Christianity, which influenced all those who were connected with the establishment of the Methodist church in its early years.
George Blankson died at Anomabu on 23 rd August 1898, at the age of 89. Despite the vicissitudes of George Blankson's career one thing can be said of him, and it is this: his ambition and high sense of duty were the key to his success: he demonstrated what the African is capable of doing when given the opportunity. He was a perfect model of the age which produced him.
GEORGE EKEM FERGUSON
George Ekem Ferguson was one of the outstanding West Africans of his generation. A Fanti born in the Central Gold Coast town of Anomabu in1864. George Ekem Ferguson was a Ghanaian colonial agent who was instrumental in convincing local chiefs to sign treaties of friendship with the British. Ferguson curved out a career for himself in government service by his ambition and intelligence, he was educated at the Methodist schools in Cape Coast and also in Sierra Leone He was seconded to England in 1889 for technical training in geography and mineralogy and was the first West African to receive a certificate from the Royal School of Mines. In 1892, he carried out the first of his major expeditions to the North, concluding treaties with the Gonja rulers in Tuluwe, Bole, and Daboya as well as the Dagomba.
(1875 - 1927)
One of the leading figures in the history of education in Africa was undoubtedly Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, more popularly known as "Aggrey of Africa". Born on Monday, 18th October, 1875, at Anomabu in the Central Region of the Gold Coast, of Princess Abena Annuah of Ajumaku, and Prince Kodwo Kwegyir, Chief Linguist in the court of King Amonoo V of Anomabu, Aggrey was the fourth of eight children. He entered the Wesleyan School in Cape Coast, some years later, when Aggrey had completed his course at the college, he accepted the post of temporary pupil teacher at Abura-Dunkwa (20 miles east of Cape Coast). From 1895 - 1898, we hear of Aggrey not only as an educational giant, but also as a politician and a soldier. Aggrey became a recording Secretary of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society, and for a short time acted as Chief Secretary of the Society. He carried out a petition for signatures against the notorious Public Lands Bill (1897). On one occasion, he perfomed the splendid task of walking, in the course of a single day, 36 miles to Manso to send an important cablegram to London on behalf of the Society.
Aggrey contributed many articles to the Gold Coast Methodist Times. As a soldier in the Fanti-Ashanti war, Aggrey served with the expedition under Colonel Sir Francis Cunningham Scott. Aggrey was an interpreter and was paid 7/6d. per day. He became Registrar and Professor of Livingstone College in 1902, he was ordained an Elder of the Zion Methodist Church in 1903, obtained his Doctorate Degrees in Hood Theological Seminary in 1912, became Pastor at Miller's Chapel and Sandy Ridge in 1914, and obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy Degree in Columbia University in 1923.
Aggrey, a co-founder of Achimota College, was first in many of the examinations he took; holder of the degrees of Master of Arts (Livingstone College), Doctor of Divinity (Hood Theological Seminary), Master of Arts (Columbia), Doctor of Philosophy (Columbia), and holder of many diplomas, joined the staff of Achimota in July, 1924. He left for America in July, 1926, returning in November that year. Achimota (Gold Coast) his dream, was formally opened on 28th January, 1927, and in May that year, he left for England and America once more, only to die on 30 th July of pneumococcal meningitis.
His death was a sad but great affair; he was mourned in all the continents. Two thousand mourners, white and black, attended the service in the auditorium of Livingstone College.