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History and Background of Offinso

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Offinso District Profile:

Offinso is a town situated between the Kumasi-Techiman highway in the Ashanti region of Ghana, West Africa.

  • Population: 138,190 (2000). There are five urban centers: New Offinso, Akomadan, Abofour, Nkenkaasu and Afrancho
  • Area: 1,451 square kilometres (km.˛)
  • Global Position: Longitude 1°65W & 1°45E and Latitude 6.45N & 7.25S
  • District Capital: New-Offinso
  • District Motto: Nkabom Ma Nkosuo
  • Region in Ghana: Ashanti
  • Map
  • Official website: Offinso Traditional Council
  • Agriculture is the main economic activity
  • Manufacturing is practiced on a small scale
    • SKOD Timbers (Nkenkaasu)
    • Dupaul Wood Treatment (Offinso)
  • Commerce: There are six major market centres (Akomadan, Nkenkaasu, Anyinasuso, Abofour, Kokote and New Offinso)
  • Health Facilities: There are 13 health centres and rural clinics. St. Patrick’s Hospital (Maase), Nkenkaasu Hospital, Akomadan Health Centre, Abofour Health Centre, AME Zion Health Care, Dorcas Memorial Clinic, Quality Care Clinic, Offinso District Assembly Maternity Centre, Anyinasuso SDA Clinic, Bonsua MCH/FP Centre, Nyamebekyere Clinic and Kyebi Clinic
  • Post Offices: There are two main Post Offices at New Offinso and Akomadan and three postal agencies at Abofour, Nkenkaasu and Afrancho
  • Banking Services: Ghana Commercial Bank in Offinso and Akomadan. Two Rural Banks operating in the district. Otuasekan Rural Bank in Abofour and Nkenkaasu and Nwabiagya Rural Bank is operating in Offinso

Facts:

  • Offinso is approx. 15 miles northwest of the Ashanti capital of Kumasi
  • Offinso is one of the largest traditional areas (in terms of land area) within the Asante Kingdom
  • The district abounds in natural resources and agriculture opportunities
  • Edweso and Offinso are the principal towns of the Asona clan. Other towns of the clan are Ejura, Feyiase, Manso-Nkwanta, Bonwire, Atwima-Agogo, Abrakaso, Taabuom, Beposo, Toase, and Odumase
  • The first known Asona chief was Nana Amponsa Ahenasa. Among the Asantes the Offinsohene is considered the head of the Asona family (Source: asanteman.freeservers.com)

Communities within the District: (in alphabetical order)

  • Aboasu, Abofour, Aburokyire, Adiembra, Adukro, Afrancho, Agyeimpra, Ahenkro, Akomadan, Amoawi, Ampabame, Anou (Old Town), Antoa, Anyinasuso, Asamankama, Asuoso, Awisem, Ayensua, Bonsua, Brofoyedru, Daaso, Dentin, Dome, Dumasua, Kayera, Kobreso, Koforidua, Kokote, Kwapanin, Kyebi, Kyekyewere, Maase, Mpehin, Namong, Nkenkaasu, Nkwankwaa, Nyamebekyere, Oboase, Offinso New Town, Sampronso, Tetrim, Tutuampa, Tutuase, Twimasen

Chieftaincy/Administration:

  • Nana Wiafe Akenten III, Omanhene of Offinso Traditional Area
  • District chief executive (DCE): Hon. Collins Ntim

Members of Parliament (Ghana):

  • Offinso North - Hon. Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku (NPP)
  • Offinso South - Hon. Dr. Owusu Achaw Duah (NPP)

Major Attractions:

  • Offinso boasts of some tourist sites such as the Tutuampa Shrine, the Abofour Virgin Forest and the Umbrella Stone at Kentaa
  • The tomato-farming towns of Akomadan and Asuboi
  • Mmoaninko Afahye (festival)
  • River Offin

Mmoaninko Afahye:

  • Mmoaninko (literally means “let animals consume endlessly”) is a festival celebrated by the people of Offinso, in Ashanti to commemorate the bravery and wisdom of Nana Wiafe Akenten I, who opted for land instead of jewelry, when some of the paramount chiefs of Ashanti were rewarded by the Asantehene (Ashanti King) after one of their successful wars. The incident is said to have occurred in Bechem where the sharing took place. It is celebrated in October by the chief and people of Offinso amidst drumming and dancing. It is colourful and brings to the full glare of visitors the rich Ashanti culture.

Schools: (Forty-four (44) kindergartens, ninety five (95) primary schools, forty-eight (48) Junior Secondary Schools, four (4) Senior Secondary Schools and one (1) training college)

  • Dwamena Akenten Secondary School
  • Offinso Training College
  • Namong Secondary Technical School
  • Midwifery Training School

Famous people:

  • Archbishop Peter Akwasi Sarpong of the Catholic Diocese of Kumasi

Hotels:

  • Effah Lodge
  • Akyea Guest House

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