DOKUA (Abodie and Abirie)
THE 24TH OKYENEHENE
was a woman who occupied the Paramount stool as Okyenhene,
as well as the Queenmother. She was a woman like her counterpart,
Nana Yaa Asantewaa of the same Asona clan of Ejisu, Ashanti.
Both were warlike and heroines. Nana Dokua fought the
Ashantis 99 times, warding them off anytime they attacked
the Akyems. Her outstanding and renowned feats are still
remembered in songs in her praise.
Dokua was not only a warrior, but also a first class administrator.
She set up Akyem Abuakwa towns and villages into the present
divisions for the purposes of war and administration,
as well as preventing break-ups or revolts in her kingdom.
She married Barima Twum Ampofo of the Oyoko clan
of Barekeseso in Ashanti, whom she made the Asiakwahene
and the Nifahene of Akyem Abuakwa; the only "foreigner"
holding the title of a Divisional Wing Chief in Akyem
Abuakwa. The rest of the five Divisional Wing Chiefs are:
Kukurantumihene (Adonten), Begorohene (Benkum),
Wankyihene (Oseawuo), and Kwabehene, (Gyase),
who are all Asonas.
are also the Akyeasehene (Tarkwa) of the
Oyoko clan; and Otwereasehene (Odau) of
the Aduana clan; both of whom rank as equals to the five
Divisional Wing Chiefs. She also organized the surrounding
villages of Apapam, Apedwa, Tetteh (Asikam), Adadientam,
Ahwenease, Affiasa, Pano, and Wirenkyiren-Amanfrom
into "Amantomiensa" (soldiers and guardians of
the Paramount Stool). This group became members of the
Kyebi Executive Council, including Ankobea, Pesemaka and
Kyidom, with the Okyenhene as the head. This body always
acted in the place or in the absence of the Okyeman Council
in all matters affecting Akyem Abuakwa.
Dokua had two male twins, who successively became kings
of Akyem Abuakwa after her death. The birth of the royal
male twins by Nana Dokua and Barima Twum Ampofo led to
the institution and the recognition by the Akyem Abuakwa
State of what is termed "ABAM" (The Twins Day),
which is celebrated each year on the first Friday after
the celebration of the "Odwira" festival by the
Paramount stool at Kyebi. The "Abam" festival is performed
at all times by the Nifahene of Akyem Abuakwa, at the
Okyeman Queenmother's residence at Kyebi, as the "father"
who brought forth the royal twins. This festival is always
attended by all the twins in Akyem Abuakwa and by the
occupant of the Paramount stool, the Okyenhene.