In the early hours of Tuesday, November 7, 2023, unidentified individuals cut down a kola tree that was believed to have been planted by Komfo Anokye about 300 years ago.
One of the most important historical symbols of the Asante Kingdom was destroyed in a tragic event that took place at Feyiase in the Ashanti Region.
According to information found online, the locals held a deep respect for the kola tree because it served as a living symbol of their ancestry. Legend has it that the kola tree was first planted by Komfo Anokye, the revered chief priest of the Asante people, who summoned the Golden Stool from heaven for the Asantehene.
Someone named Kwabena Nsafoah posted this information on Facebook with the caption, “300yrs old cola tree planted in Feyiase by Komfo Anokye on the Lake Bosomtwe road has been cut down by an unknown lunatic this morning. The same town, which was the battlefield between Asante Allied forces and Denkyira.”
During the 17th century, the town of Feyiase was the site of a decisive engagement between the Denkyira and the Asante Allied Forces. Therefore, it is symbolic of the region’s abundant historical conflicts and cultural legacy. This ancient tree along Lake Bosomtwe Road has significant symbolic meaning because of its location and its connection with local histories.
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