With funds from our son David, the Palace of the Dwumena Clan of Kukurantumi was rebuilt on the site of the original 200 year old building. Two of the rooms in the Palace are used as a cultural library and museum. It is the only such museum within 100 miles that contains books and artifacts of the Akyem Abuakwa tribe.
On December 30, 2019 Hilda Bromley was installed as chief of the Dwumena Clan of Kukurantumi and received the name of Nana Afoakwa Kyerewaa I. She now lives in the Dwumena Palace at the center of town. The original palace of the Dwumana Clan was built over 250 years ago and was in use until replaced in 2019.
Interestingly enough, the Palace is also right across the street from where she was born in 1946. As chief, Nana will counsel the clan members, settle family disputes and be the leader of important clan and tribal festivals.
There are very few cultural museums in Ghana, and still fewer libraries which focus on the culture of traditional life in Ghana. The library and museum are situated in the rebuilt palace of the Dwumana Clan of Kukurantumi. This is a working palace. The chief of the Dwumana Clan of Kukurantumi, Nana Afoakwa Kyerewaa I lives here in the Palace, and through the help of Books For Africa Library Project the library has been supplied with books on the history and culture of Ghana. There are also videos of the Ohum festival in Kukurantumi and traditional dancing. There is a nominal fee of one cedi to use the library. The museum, reflecting traditional life in Kukurantumi, is free. Parking is available.
A list of books, videos and items in the museum are available on this website.
The relationship between the cultural artifacts of Ghana and Egypt is striking. This painting suggests the migration of the Akan peoples from Egypt to Ghana.
Traditional Dawura used to keep the rhthym in drum groups.
Traditional cloths, bodice, pattern shirt, batekali smock, headkerchief.
Common in cooking for the past 50 years, inexpensive aluminum cooking pots and carved wooden ladle.
Hand woven baskets from the Upper West Region and a basket with a top from Akyem Abuakwa.
An especially hard stone used by farmers to sharpen their cutlasses.