About Nana Ainoo-Kwagyan III

Nana Ainoo-Kwagyan III was born in Esiama on Friday 28 of December, 1984 in a leap year to Mr. Samuel Kakuteen Andoh and Madam Mary Muah. He was named Nwozah (literally mean “Holy”) and later christened as Enock Nwozah Andoh. Capricornus by the star sign and the fourth born son of five siblings: Esther Nyamekehese Andoh, Ebenezer Ennor Andoh, Daniel Ntiakoh Andoh and Samuel Kakuteen Andoh.

Nana Ainoo-Kwagyan attended the Seven day Adventist School (S. D. A) in Esiama for primary education and continue with manye academy in axim, Nsien Senior Secondary, diploma in Theology and a Certificate in cisco networking and Kings University College in Accra for Bachelor in Administration (BSC/HRM). Spent all his childhood life in Esiama, ..


This is the origin of the Nzema people of Esiama. Esiama is one of the major towns in the Ellembelle District, in the Western Region of Ghana. It coordinates are: 4o55’58. 0’’N 2o20’49.0”W and an elevation of 18m (59ft).4Oral traditions among the elders of Ainoo Kwagyan Royal Stool in Esiama are unanimous on the point that their founding ancestors lived somewhere along the N’zi river in modern day Ivory Coast . This Nzi-River runs parallel to the Comoe River.

The story of the Esiama people began with the Guans especially the Shuoyi and Ndenye people living around the Nzi-River. Ndenye means men of war or warriors. This is because ‘Nde’ means people and ‘nye’ means warriors in the Guan dialect. The people of Esiama originally spoke the Guan language because they are Guans hence their leader was described as such Ainoo Kwaw,
the son of the Guan (Ainoo kwaw Guan) was adulterated to ‘Ainoo Kwagyan’. Guans can further be divided into two groups based on their inheritance, namely:


Esiama people celebrate kundum festival! Kundum is a festival celebrated by the Ahantas and the Nzemas to commemorate successful harvests of farm produce, fish and to keep away the famines that can befall the region1.

And to thank God/gods in the form of sacrifices, rituals songs, drumming, dancing and consultations in the spirit world to expel evil and invite goodness for their communities, as the saying goes “coming events cast their shadows”. Hence, Kundum is both a harvest and a religious festival; both social and spiritual.

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