History of Ejura
The people of Ejura were led by Nana Okyere Pipim Bonsie. Nana Pipim and his subjects migrated from Fomena in Adanse and then to Asante Akyem Dwease, before the Asante and Denkyira war and settled at Mampong Akrofoso near Agona Ashanti. Nana Pipim Bonsie and his people settled with the people of Asante Mampong at Akrofoso. Nana Pipim died and his nephew, Nana Boakye succeeded him. Mamponghene and his people moved from Akrofoso and settled at the present day Mampong Ashanti.
The people of Mampong together with the Bonsie family and entourage moved from Akrofoso further north for greener pastures and peaceful settlement. The people of Ejura journeyed further north of Mampong and pitched camp at the present day Ejura. Nana Boakye and his people met a woman, called Daaponsem, who it was alleged was staying with her brother called Kuruboakuma. Kuruboakuma fled, leaving his sister behind, apparently suspecting a possible attack by new entrants for supremacy over the area.
Kuruboakuma never returned to Ejura. Daaponsem surrendered and handed over the land and its leadership to Nana Boakye. With the passage of time, Nana Boakye and Daaponsem fell in love, got married and gave birth to 8 children. The eldest son was called Dwamena Akenten. It has since that time been traditionally established that the occupants of the Bonsie and Boakye stool take “Ayete” (marry) from descendants of Daaponsem.
The popularity of Dwamena Akenten, the prince rose when his name was knitted into Kurufie festival music compositions some of which are sang even today. Nana Bonsie`s Black stool was used to initiate the Ejura stool. After the death of Nana Boakye his black stool was added to the former to create the Bonsie and Boakye stool of Ejura. The third chief in the hierarchy was Nana Oti Amensa, the son of Nana Akuamoa Panin and Maame Anyawoyonko, the niece of Nana Okyere Pipim Bonsie. Nana Akuamoa Panin later became the Mamponghene. It must be stated that Ejura and Mampong were separate and distinct chiefdoms. However, Nana Oti Amensa showed much respect to his father, the Mamponghene, which was natural, a child`s responsibility to the parent but not as a responsibility of the Ejura stool to the Mampong stool.
Ejura was politically independent and the chief was traditionally called “Obirempon”. The “Obirempon” and his elders managed the judicial, administrative, financial and traditional affairs of Ejura Traditional area.
Ejura became part of the Mampong division during the formation of the Asante confederacy. Mampong division then consisted of five “Abirempon”. These were Ejura, Jamase, Effiduase, Apaa, and Beposo.
With the confederacy, Ejura became the Adonten wing of the division.The Bonsie and Boakye stool of Ejura has been occupied by eighteen chiefs and ten queen mothers. The immediate past chief, Nana Kwaku Sarfo II, first ascended the throne as the 15th occupant in 1947. He was uncustomarily destooled in 1958 but reinstated in 1977.
The eighteenth and current chief of Ejura is Barima Osei Hwedie II who works at the presidency as the chief protocol director to the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. Below is the chronological schedule:
Nana Okyere Pipim Bonsie
Nana Oti Amensa
Nana Duah Abodie
Nana Osei Hwedie
Nana Owusu Bekoe
Nana Apan Panin
Nana Apan Kuma
Nana Owusu Korkor
Nana Osei Asumadu
Nana Yaw Pampani
Nana Yaw Sarfo
Nana Kwadwo Brenya
Nana Kwadwo Boakye
Nana Kwaku Sarfo 1947 (Destooled, 1958)
Nana Oti Boakye (Abdicated, 1963)
Nana Bonsie Twum Pepra (1963-1977)
Nana Kwaku Sarfo II (Reinstated, 1977-2015)
Barima Osei Hwedie II 2015 till date
- Nana Boahwenie
- Nana Anyawoyonko
- Nana Amoanimaa Sabrawuo
- Nana Ataa Akyamma
- Nana Ataa Amobi
- Nana Ama Tiwaa
- Nana Ataa Pokuaa (Abdicated)
- Nana Akosua Akyeama
- Nana Ataa Pokuaa (Reinstated)
- Nana Akua Tiwaa II