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The Okomfo Anokye Sword, The Sacred Sword that can’t be Removed

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The President and Queen admiring the Okomfo Anokye Sword

The Okomfo Anokye Sword is one of the wonders of the world. The history behind the sword which is firmly stuck into the ground remains historic and one that continues to amaze people from all walks of life.

This small, yellow and red building houses the Komfo Anokye Sword, a symbol of the unity and strength of the Ashanti people.

The sword which can be found at the premises of the komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi was pushed into the ground by the famous Asante priest, Okomfour Anokye.

The sword is buried in the ground and sealed off by a circular concrete wall. Laid neatly around the hilt of the sword are bottles of schnapps, evidence of libation, a ritual of pouring liquid as an offering to a god or deity.

The ‘immovable’ Sword driven into the ground by Okomfo Anokye remains and is the venue of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

History has it that the sword was pushed into the ground more than 400 years ago. Okomfo Anokye pronounced that no one would be able to remove the sword.

A replica of the sword. The sword is a symbol of unity and strength of the Ashanti people. Okomfo Anokye, a high priest and co-founder of the Ashanti kingdom, planted the sword here over three centuries ago, and it is believed that the sword is unmovable.

One fascinating story about the Sword is that, since it was planted in 1695, countless number of attempts has been made to remove it from the ground but to no avail.

In 1964, when Muhammad Ali visited Ghana, he tried to pull it out, but he couldn’t.

It is believed that the Ashanti state, would collapse should the sword ever be pulled out of the ground.

A small statue on display depicting Okomfo Anokye the Fetish priest. According to Ashanti legend, Okomfo Anokye was born with dreadlocks on his head, and could perform miracles and magic rituals from a young age.

The mysterious sword has invited many tourists worldwide to Kumasi, Ashanti region, but no one has been able to pull it off the ground.

Okomfo Anokye, born Kwame Frimpon Anokye was a traditional priest in the Asante Empire. He is known for his participation in the expansion of the Ashanti Empire.

Bibliography :

1.Asantes Of Ghana History”. Asanteman Council Of North America ACONA -USA Canada

2. A. A. Anti (1971). Akwamu, Denkyira, Akuapem, and Ashanti in the Lives of Osei Tutu and Okomfo Anokye. Ghana Publishing Corporation. pp. 8–10.

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