samedi 3 décembre 2011

Netherlands/Ghana: The head of King Badu Bonsu II is back in Ghana.

 The king of Ahanta Aboade Ghana, Otumfuo Badu Bonsu II was executed in 1838 by Dutch settlers who cut off his head they kept in formalin.
         According to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nan Badu Bonsu II had killed two Dutch in 1938. He then "handed over by his own people" to the Dutch colonialists who controlled the territory of Ahanta on what was then the Gold Coast, Ghana today.
         He was sentenced to death for treason and hanged. His head was severed from his body, preserved and made ​​in the Netherlands.
Ghanaians called for the head since 2008, preserved in the collections of the Museum of Anatomy of Leiden.
        
On July 23, 2009, after 171 years, the royal head was given to Nana Kofi Estin, Chief Ahanta Aboade in The Hague in the Netherlands and repatriated to Ghana. This is the multimillionaire tycoon Arthur Paes of Limburg himself king of the province Somey Ghanaian who was responsible for the valuable transport by the Ghanaian authorities.
        
She was greeted by a delegation from the Ghanaian government and members of the royal clan at Kotoka airport who recited prayers to invoke his return home: "The soul of our great ancestor and warrior can finally rest in peace because it is home now," he told Agence France Presse (AFP), Nana Kofi Estin, Chief Ahanta Aboade, who led the Ghanaian delegation to The Hague.
        
"The great son of Ghana is back home to his eternal rest," said Ghana's Minister of Culture and traditional authorities, Alexander Asum-Ahensah.
        
This is the Dutch writer Arthur Japin who discovered the story of the king during investigations made ​​for the writing of his novel: A white to black heart, Gallimard, Paris, 2000 .

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