A Chinese man, Sun Qiang, has been enstooled as a development chief (Nkosuohene) of Kwahu-Abetifi, a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The title Nkosuohene is often given to non-royals, who could be politicians or tourists engaged in development.
In Kwahu-Abetifi, this title was conferred on a Chinese man, and some Ghanaians are not so enthused over the development.
Per custom, Sun Qiang, following his enstoolment, was given a traditional stool name — Barima Kofi Ayeboafo.
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The name Ayeboafo in Ghana literally means:
“one who has done something to benefit others”.
A grand durbar was held at the Kwawu-Abetifi Palace on Saturday to officially unveil Sun Qiang as the newly enstooled Nkosuohene of the traditional area.
Basically, this is not the first time a foreigner has been given such a title, however, the selection of a Chinese man still comes with mixed feelings for several people as the Chinese have been accused of slowly taking over the continent.
China describes itself as a friend of Africa as it strategically offers a helping hand in the infrastructural development of the continent while it positions itself as a global superpower.