Tafo Amanfrom & Akyease Electoral Area
Brief history about Kwahu Tafo
Kwahu Tafo is a small town of approximately 8,000 people living and farming in on the scenically dramatic Kwahu plateau in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
‘Kwahu’ (pronounced somewhere between ‘kway-oo’ and ‘kwah-oo’) identifies both the people and the area, and ‘Tafo’ originally meant ‘good hunting ground’. Today the indigenous population of this ancient settlement conducts an impoverished existence as subsistence farmers in a landscape which has suffered from deforestation, climate change, and the creation of the nearby Volta Lake in the 1960s.
Kwahu Tafo is a town of historically high ranking in the Kwahu hierarchy, and stands at the foot of the area’s towering sacred rock Bruku.
It is customarily governed by a Chief and Elders, who have been ‘enstooled’ in accordance with the tenets of Traditional Faith. The Elders (male and female) are sub-Chiefs, each one coming from a different locally royal family dynastically responsible for a ceremonial or pastoral portfolio such as Weapons, Drums, Regalia, Youth.
Past Kings of Kwahu Tafo: Ohene Kofi Osei was one of the rulers of kwahu Tafo, He was taken over by Ohene Kofi Adu who ruled for a very long time and finally the current chief who just passed on is Nana Ameyaw Gyensiama IV. Kwahu Tafo is the Kwahu Twafo meaning they lead war soo every chief if Kwahu Twafo hene of Kwahu.
Political Background of Kwahu Tafo:
Kwahu Tafo is politically divided into two electoral Areas namely Atea Amamfrom and Akyease
The Electoral Areas are having four polling stations under them respectively, the polling stations under this Electoral Areas.
Under Atea Amanfrom Electoral Area we have L/A primary polling station, Otomfuo Asua A polling station, Otomfuo Asua B polling station and Presby primary B Polling Station.
Under Akyease Electoral Area we have Zongo Mosque polling Station, Community Library A Polling Station, Community Library B polling Station and Lorry Park polling Station.
There two Assembly Members, they head the Electoral Areas respectively.
Economic Activities of Kwahu Tafo.
Economic activities in kwahu Tafo are Farming, driving, Hairdressing, Teaching, Nursing, Tailoring, Petty Trading and Mechanics. 68% of the people are mostly farmers and they are found to be in the ages of 39 to 80 years and the type of farming they do is subsistence farming. Due to poverty most of the people after junior high school don’t further their education they venture into Hairdressing, petty Trading, tailoring, Driving and Mechanics. This sector is mostly made of youth which forms 30% of the population which are mostly the youth. The rest are mostly co-operate workers that’s they are found in the field of cooperate world like teaches, nurses, Bakers etc. they mostly not indigenes of Tafo.
Institutions in Kwahu Tafo
The institutions are being categorised into three main sections, namely Schools, Banks and Hospitals.
Kwahu Tafo is been blessed with fourteen Basic schools, six out of the fourteen schools are Junior High Schools which one is private. The remaining Eight is Primary School out which two are private school. The Junior High Schools in kwahu Tafo have been performing well but not that because of some basic Challenges that they face, Averagely 70% performance rate at the BECE.
There are also Two Senior High Schools one runs Purely All secondary courses and the other runs both Technical and Secondary courses.
There three financial institutions in kwahu Tafo two are approved Bank and the remaining one is Micro finance.
Kwahu Tafo has no Hospital but two health facilities one been Clinic and the other been CHIP compound.
Tourist Site in Kwahu tafo
Tourism as a whole in Kwahu tafo is great because there are three major tourist site that attract foreigners and other people to come we have a waterfall that is the ‘Butuase’ Water fall and also, and a scary bigger stone that lies on a small stone called ‘Obo) Da Bo) so.’ And also a great sacred rock ‘Bruku’ which stands as its traditional guardian.