TO THE LATE
By: Niikoi Tse We Clan
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore”.
Psalm 133: 1-3
It is with a mixture of deep sorrow and profound joy that we pay this glowing tribute to the late Amon Kotei.
We say deep sorrow because of the fact that we shall see our grandfather, father, brother and friend no more. Profound joy because, at such an overripe age, it was obvious that your Maker will definitely call you to rest sooner than later. So, although we mourn your departure, we are joyous of your answer to the call to eternity by your Maker.
Nuumo Amon Kotei was one of the founding fathers of the Nikoi Tse We clan of the Klanaa Quarter of the La Traditional Council. During turbulent times within the Klanaa Quarter between the years 1972 and 1974, as a strict disciplinarian, he stood for the two principles that he had inscribed on Ghana’s glorious Coat of Arms – ‘Freedom and Justice’:
“Freedom for everyone, and Justice for all,” he said.
Armed with these heavenly principles, Nuumo Amon Kotei stood beside other elders of the clan, through thick and thin and defended the legacy of the Klanaa Quarter. This struggle, for the maintenance of peace, orderliness and respect for the elderly and maintenance of time-tested traditions saw the birth of the Nikoi Tse We clan.
Amon Kotei gently and politely turned down all positions offered him as a leading and elderly member of the clan. He chose to use from behind the scenes, the wisdom, understanding, experience and knowledge he has acquired.
He was a peace maker who would not bend the rules in favour of anybody. He stood on his grounds as far as doing what was right was concerned. His criticisms were constructive and his reasoning, logical. He is the man who would go the extra mile to have respect for the elderly observed to the latter.
Even when feeling feeble, he would manage to attend family meetings and take his place beside the elders and observe proceedings with keen interest. Where the need be, he would say just a few words to have an issue resolved amicably…and when the going becomes tough, he would say. “We (Elders) have the veto power…and I would use it” – this is his attitude which always put ‘youthful exuberance’ in check.
His favourite quotation from the Good Book was – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
A couple of years ago, when he informed the house of his ill health and inability to frequently attend family meetings, we knew the road was coming to an end for him, as it was with other forerunners of the Nikoi Tse We clan.
When on that fateful Monday, 17th October 2011, our family head was whisked away from his residence to have a look at his condition; and as he observed his warm and lifeless body, we knew the mighty wind has uprooted that mighty oak tree from our midst.
We, the Nikoi Tse We clan, pride ourselves with your singular achievement…as being the clan that fathered one of Ghana’s finest artists who was singularly commissioned to design Ghana’s Coat of Arms; a mission you accomplished with the highest degree of excellence.
Amon Kotei, you’ve made Nikoi Tse We proud; you’ve made La proud and you’ve made GaDangme proud. Your work will continue to live as long as the nation exists.
And as you embark on this glorious journey to your Maker, we console you with the words of the first stanza of the Methodist Hymn – MH 608 thus:
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide
Of all who seek the land above
Beneath Thy shadow we abide
The cloud of Thy protecting love
Our strength, Thy grace, our rule, Thy word
Our end, the glory of the Lord – Amen
Nuumo Kotei, Nikoi Tsε We bii fεε kεε –