Davis Mac Iyalla, a well-known gay rights activist who was recently installed as Amankorehen of the Yamonransa Nkusukum Traditional Area in the Central Region, collapsed from the Palanquin in which he was carried during his coronation.
The Amankorehen is the development chief who usually promotes activities that speed up the development of an area, and it is usually bestowed upon individuals, including foreigners, who have contributed to the development of a community.
Nana Okese Essandoh IX, the Omanhen and President of Nkusukum Traditional Area, installed Iyalla under the stool name Nana Kwesi Gyasi I.
Several traditional authorities from Osu in Accra, Elmina, Mankessim, and Cape Coast attended the ceremony.
During the procession down the street, there was a police presence to keep the peace.
A short video of the palanquin falling from the heads of those carrying him has gone viral on social media.
In the video, some people can be heard screaming and mentioning “Jesus” as they try to save the chief from falling from the palanquin.
A group of people is seen rushing to the location where the palanquin collapsed shortly after the screaming.
Davis Mac Iyalla was installed as Amankorehen of the Yamonransa Nkusukum Traditional Area in the Central Region over the weekend, with a pledge to fight for human rights.
Nana Kwesi Gyasi was carried in a palanquin through the Yamonransa township, pouring schnapps along the way, before arriving at the Nkusukum palace durbar grounds.
On arrival at the grounds, Nana Gyasi and the paramount chief, Nana Okese Esandoh, were held in an engagement with police officials.
After nearly an hour, the chiefs returned to the durbar grounds to resume the proceedings, but with a revised program lineup.
On the initial program lineup, the oath of allegiance to the Omahen in-state was canceled.
Nana Okese Esandoh thanked everyone who attended the outdooring ceremony.
In his speech, Nana Esandoh urged everyone to work together to advance the community’s development.
He urged the government to improve the condition of the community’s roads, and storm drains, and to build a police station, female police cells, and a health center, noting that land was available for such projects.
In his address, Iyalla stated that he had completed all traditional formalities, making him chief.
He said he was born in Nigeria but is now a British citizen saying by “the grace of God I practice what I preach and that is human rights for all persons.
I am opposed to discrimination.
You are a human being whether you are tall, short, black, white, yellow, or green, and I will fight to the death for that belief.
Regardless of the cost.
I am not a hypocrite, and I will not become one now.
“You don’t have to like me, but you must respect my opinions,” he stated.
He explained that he met the Omanhen in April 2022, after the Omanhen had been embroiled in a 13-year chieftaincy dispute.
He stated that soon after meeting him (the Omanhen), they worked to ensure that he was gazetted and sworn into the regional house of chiefs in December 2022.
“People were trying to stop the ceremony,” he said, adding that many of those who tried to stop the ceremony had made foreigners chiefs and benefited from it.
“I am an action man. I bring change everywhere I go.
Whenever I enter a room, if I say I want to do something, I do it very well.
Source: Graphic Online