Historic photos of Ghana's first white chief pop up, cause stir

Historic photos of Ghana's first white chief pop up, cause stir

- Nana Kofi Onyaase, alias Jimmy Moxon, made history as Ghana' s first white traditional chief of the Gold Coast, present-day Ghana

- Moxon worked under Kwame Nkrumah's government at the Information Ministries

- Moxon also served as a District Commissioner in various Gold Coast stations including Dodowa, Aburi, Kpando and Accra in the then Gold Coast

- He was born in Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England

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Nana Kofi Onyaase, aka Jimmy Moxon, became the first white traditional chief of the Gold Coast, present-day Ghana, after his contract with the British colonial administration expired.

Born Jimmy Moxon at Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England, he won the hearts of many in the country as a British servant when he provided useful counsel to local farmers to switch to the cultivation of food crops from cocoa - which saved a lot of people during the World War II.

Joy News reports that Kwame Nkrumah's government kept him on at the information ministries and later was given a contract to assist the Volta River Authority (VRA) with publicity about the construction of the Akosombo Dam.

Jimmy Moxon served as a District Commissioner in various Gold Coast stations, including Dodowa, Aburi, Kpando and Accra, at a time when the "DC" was the local potentate, and many - arrogant and insensitive - were hated by local communities.

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The king of Aburi offered to make Moxon a noble, as the Onyaasahene and Ankobea of Aburi.

''White Nana" carried out his functions prudently and settled disputes.

He also sat on the royal council and coached a soccer team.

Moxon got the second-highest-ranking Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in the year of Ghana's independence, 1957.

Moxon was then the district commissioner of the Gold Coast Colonial Service in 1943 and later died in 1999.

A shrine has been placed in the silk cotton tree that gave him his tribal name, Nana Kofi Onyaase.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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