SEFWI-WIAWSO: The Land of Sunshine (The Story behind the Name)

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SEFWI-WIAWSO is one of the popular towns in the Northern part of the Western Region because of its contributions to food and cocoa production, however not many have delved to unravel the story behind the name Sefwi Wiawso which literally means “The Sunshine Town”.

The Sefwis first settled at Asaman and its surrounding communities among them is Bosom-miaso.
The people those days took a number of ways in other to make a living which included farming and hunting since the forests had abundance reserves of game and fertile lands.

It was through these hunting that the people happened to discover the hill top lands of what constitute the Wiawso Township today.

Later the lands proved to be very suitable for agricultural activities. As farmers they took advantage of the fertile nature of the newly explored territories and established cocoa farms there.

a1e74e41407cbc66da6f953b243f278b_LHistory counts further that, among the pioneer farmers was one old lady called Korkor Adjoa who was the wife of the Sefwi Chief, Kwasi Panyin Bumamgama.

The old lady was said to have made a ground-nut farm on the hills where the sun remained visible for a greater part of the day as they stood higher than the surrounding lands.

In view of the nature of the topography that made it possible for the sun to be present for the most part of the day, the old lady, Korkor Adjoa the ground nut farmer used to refer to the farm place as “Awia woso” and that is the place of the ever-present sun.

This is the place that later became Sefwi-Wiawso when the people came to make their home.

It was at a later period that the Sefwi King, Kwasi Bumamgama who was a distinguished hunter came to kill an elephant during hunting on the “Awia woso” high land. And here it is said that he set up a hut and raised a platform to dry the meat.

In the cause of time, the adventurous king came to realize that the new location would be significant and key strategic importance for settlement, especially in view of the rampant wars among the people in the area at that period of time.

To him, it was better to stay on the hill in other to see any advancing enemies from any of the low lying lands.

So under King Kwasi Bumamgama, the sixth King of Sefwi State, the people finally moved and made a new home at the Awia woso hills.

The Awia woso settlement is what has developed to become Sefwi-Wiawso of Present day.

Q&A: Why are Muslims angry over videos and catoons depicting Prophet Muhammed?

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Islamic scholar Moataz al-Khateeb explains what is behind a wave of recent protests over an anti-Islam video.
A recent YouTube clip produced by a man in California insulting the Prophet Muhammad created waves of protest across the Muslim World directed at US missions. In Benghazi, Libya, the US ambassador and three of his colleagues were killed during an attack on the US consulate, while in a number of other countries protesters attacked and demonstrated outside US embassies and consulates.

For some background on why some Muslims have protested we spoke to Dr Moataz al-Khateeb, a producer for “Sharia and Life”, an Al Jazeera Arabic programme. The Syria-born Islamic scholar is also a professor and author of numerous Arabic-language publications on Islamic thought.

Why are some Muslims so angry over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad?

All the prophets – Muhammad, Jesus Moses and others [of the Abrahamic religions] – are highly respected figures in the Islamic faith. One cannot differentiate between them in terms of the reverence that should be given to each. Therefore Muslims believe that the prophets have a higher status than other people. To ridicule them or their lives is an insult to the origin of their faith, and therefore any abuse to them is abuse of Muslims in general.

Why does the Quran, which Muslims regard as the continuation of the Jewish and Christian holy books that came before it, consider depictions of the prophets to be blasphemous while the other religions do not?

Depictions of the prophets is not blasphemous in Islam, And the problem is not depicting the Prophet, but rather the abuse of him. The Quran does not ban depiction of the prophets; it makes no mention of this point. But Islamic scholars have forbidden the depiction of the prophets out of respect to them. There is no person who is able to render the values and full form of the prophets. Muslims believe in higher unseen principles that cannot be personified as ordinary humans.

Are the only Muslims angry over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad only Salafist groups or other conservatives?

Such abuse of the Prophet Muhammad and all prophets enrages Muslims everywhere around the world because it is an attack on their beliefs, and an abuse of a highly respected figure of their religion.

Are the cartoons and videos depicting the Prophet Muhammad not just examples of individuals or publications practising freedom of speech in their respective countries?

Muslims cannot perceive these acts as merely “freedom of expression,” because there is a difference between freedom of expression and these actions. The former is holding an opinion or idea, while the latter is seen as abuse and ridicule.

Is there a political element to these protests?

We have to differentiate between the anger and abuse that Muslims feel towards insults against their beliefs and the reaction that we’re seeing today in the form of protest, some of which could be considered politically motivated.

Some parties are exploiting the anger for political or non-political purposes. For example, Hassan Nasrallah called for protests in Lebanon to improve his image that was suffering over his support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

And in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, there are those who are seeking to destabilise the current governments by attacking the embassies of foreign governments. There are some opponents of the government seeking to make it fail and strain its relations with the United States.

Why are some religious leaders in the Muslim community encouraging protest?

All scholars condemn the violent protest but they express their ideas of how to show their objection differently. Some of them encourage peaceful protest, while others think that issuing statements is enough, and others prefer to guide people to follow the Prophet’s way of life and others prefer to clarify and explain the Prophet’s teaching to western society.

Source:

Al Jazeera

WE ARE SUBMERGING – AXIM CRIES TO THE LEADERSHIP OF GHANA

NZEMA YOUTH ASSOCIATION

Residents of Axim last week staged a massive demonstration against the Nzema East Municipal Assembly, the Member of Parliament of the area and President John Dramani Mahama over their neglect towards the poor roads in the Axim Township and other roads connecting to nearby towns and villages as well as their unconcerned towards calls for the building of Sea Defense to protect Axim from the ongoing devastating sea erosion.

10409718_10205230533338427_5737072631896427172_nThe protesters used coconut trunks to block some sections of the roads to spell out their anger toward the total neglect of successive government upon governments.

10888678_10205230475576983_7328538065713005098_nThe demonstrators, wearing red bands and red heard scarfs, started the demonstration started in the early morning which saw commercial transport operators joining to voice out their displeasure at authorities.

10897942_10205230501417629_3021941074702997259_nIn a petition issued by the youth of the area, organisers of the demonstration Axim Youth Alliance, they noted that the poor and deteriorated roads…

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