The ‘immovable’ Okomfo Anokye sword buried 300 years ago by the first priest of the Ashanti Kingdom

The ‘immovable’ Sword driven into the ground by Okomfo Anokye remains and is venue of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. History has it that the sword was pushed into the ground, almost 300 years ago. It is believed the Okomfo pronounced that no one would be able to remove the sword, and so it has remained in spite of attempts. The Ashanti state, it is believed, would collapse should the sword ever be pulled out of the ground.

This small, yellow and red building houses the Komfo Anokye Sword, a symbol of the unity and strength of the Ashanti people.

According to Ashanti history, Okomfo Anokye was born with dreadlocks on his head, and could perform miracles and magic rituals from a young age. His magic rituals aided the Ashanti people in defeating Denkyira, a nearby Akan state. It is also believed that he could turn into a woman and make indents on rocks with his feet.
Okomfo Anokye was a great hero born in the Eastern region of Ghana, Awukugua-Akuapim in late 1600.His birth names were Kwame Frimpon Anokye. Anokye was born holding totem poles in his palms and nobody could separate them.

The sword is buried in the ground and sealed off by a circular concrete wall. Laid neatly around the hilt of the sword are bottles of schnapps, evidence of libation, a ritual of pouring liquid as an offering to a god or deity.

The Ghanaians believed that it was from their gods. His parents were from different tribes, his mother Ashanti tribe, and the father Ayabe tribe. He was given the title names Akomfo Anokye when he became a priest. Akomfo means the priest. There was a shrine in his birthplace where he used to take off his sandals before climbing.

A small statue on display depicting Okomfo Anokye the Fetish priest. According to Ashanti legend, Okomfo Anokye was born with dreadlocks on his head, and could perform miracles and magic rituals from a young age. His magic rituals aided the Ashanti people in defeating Denkyira, a nearby Akan state. It is also believed that he could turn into a woman and make indents on rocks with his feet.

The Denkyeres really wanted to make it in their war with Ashanti’s. He had of the shocking and amazing wonders that Anokye did, he begged for help and Anokye helped him to defeat them successfully.

He also helped the Ashanti to defeat the Denkyeres, he was given land as a way of appreciation, and he settled there and named it Nzema. Shockingly, a Golden Stool just landed on his laps. He gave the Golden Stool to the Ashanti. He wanted peace between the Nzema and the Ashanti.
He did very many miracles that left people in shock, he once planted a cooked plantain, on that same time it germinated, people saw it growing, it ripened, and they harvested it.

Statue of Okomfo Anokye

Okomfo was a very powerful man in that the rain also respected him. He could command it to stop and it immediately happened.

According to the history, Okomfo Anokye did not die but he disappeared. Nobody knows where he was buried or where he went. In his end times, Okomfo Kwame Anokye Frimpon Kotobre gave something to a hunter, which is still used by the chief of Gyasase as part of the heirloom.

The Okomfo Anokye sword

To remember the great priest, his footprints on the shrine that he used to climb with no sandals are there up to date. The Golden Stool is also there for the young generation to see and learn about him.

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