“We want to say to you with all the sorrow in our hearts that a really mighty oak tree has had its roots blown off this earth,” Nii Tetteh Kwei II, Dzaasetse of the Ga Traditional Area told media personnel Tuesday, 15th January 2013 at a short briefing session to confirm the death
He said details of the arrangements for the interment of the late King known in private life as Dr. Jo Blankson would be announced later
Present at the briefing Elders of the Ga State comprising the Gbese Mantse, Nii Adu Mensah Tackie, who is also the Head of the Teiko Tsuru We; the Ga Seitse, Nii Tetteh Ashong V, and an Elder of the Ga Dzaase, Nii Tackie Komme Hammond.
According to Nii Kwei, King Tackie Tawiah was flown to London some time last year to undergo medical treatment, “but as God wanted it, he never made it”.
“We are here to let you know that the Paramount Chief of the Ga State has kicked the bucket honourably,” he said.
Nii Kwei expressed the hope that with the formal announcement of King Tackie Tawiah’s death, the rumours would die too. Rumours about King Tackie Tawiah’s death had been rife since he travelled to London last year for a medical check up.
According to Ga history, King Tackie Tawiah is the fourth Ga Mantse since 1863 to have died while on the stool. His three immediate predecessors – King Tackie Tawiah I, King Tackie Tawiah II and Nii Amugi II – all died while occupying the stool.
King Tackie Tawiah, a royal from the Teiko Tsuru We, one of the four royal houses of the Ga State, was installed on June 11, 2006 as the 20th Ga Mantse. He was a great grandson of the famous King Tackie Tawiah I.
The late King’s six years reign has been marred with series of court actions and adjudication at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs due to opposing factions that seek to dethrone him.
His installation was followed by a colourful coronation on April 14, 2007, the first time in Ga history that such a grand crowning ceremony had been held.
A colourful coronation on April 14, 2007 that followed his installation sparked off a lengthy legal battle with some Elders of the Ga State led by the acting Head of the Abola Piam We, Joseph Yahaya Addy who challenged his legitimacy to occupy the stool.
Under the circumstances, some members of the opposing factions also nominated a variety of rival Ga Mantsemei, including Nii Tackie Oblie II, aka Henry Nii Ayitey Ayitey; Kelvin Nii Tackie and Nii Tackie Adama Latse II, aka George Tackie.
Some of the aggrieved persons dragged King Tackie Tawiah to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, seeking to dethrone him, an exercise that never bore fruits until his untimely death in December 2012.
Before his installation in June 2006, King Tackie Tawiah had been a member of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) since 2002 and former member of the Law Review Commission
King Tackie Tawiah III had a solid educational background in Political Science, Economics and Law.
He holds a BA degree in Political Science (Pace University, New York) and an MA in Economics (New School for Social Research, New York). He also holds a PhD in Public Law (New School for Social Research, New York), an LL.B and a Diploma in Law (La Salle University, Chicago).